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Montenegro's children today - EU citizens tomorrow

Ministry of European Integration, UNICEF and EU Delegation present the key findings of the EU Youth Opinion Poll conducted in June 2010

PODGORICA, November 29, 2010 – Minister of European Integration Gordana Djurovic, Acting Head of EU Delegation to Montenegro Clive Rumbold and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner, together with representatives of Montenegro’s young people, 2 students from Gimnazija “Slobodan Skerovic” in Podgorica, will open the presentation of the key findings of the EU Youth Opinion Poll in Hotel “Podgorica” on Monday November 29 at 10.00 AM.

The survey was conducted by the De Facto agency with UNICEF support in June 2010. The aim of the research is to learn about young people’s attitudes and knowledge related to the EU. 1007 students from all high schools in Montenegro participated in the survey.

Phd professor Milos Besic will present the key findings of the survey, which show that:

  • Two thirds (67%) of Montenegro’s youth support accession to the EU, while one fifth (21%) has no opinion, 6% are less supportive and 6% are against it.
  • Almost every second young person (48%) thinks that Montenegro is heading towards the EU quickly or as quickly as possible, while only 8% are of the opinion that Montenegro will never join the EU.
  • Every fifth young person (21%) thinks that Montenegro will join the EU by the end of 2012, while almost one third (30%) believe that this will happen by the end of 2015. 30% think that Montenegro will become an EU member by the end of 2020 or 2025.
  • Almost every second respondent (49%) thinks that Montenegro’s economic situation will improve after joining the EU, while only 6% think it will be worse. Two thirds (67%) of young people identify tourism as the part of Montenegro’s economy that will have most benefits from EU integration.
  • Two thirds of young people (65%) believe that young people will benefit the most from Montenegro’s joining the EU.
  • The vast majority of 82% of students who learn about the EU in a separate subject are very or mostly satisfied with the contents of the subject. Young people who are studying about the EU within a special subject in school are those who show most interest to learn about the EU, while those who are not studying about the EU in schools are less interested in this sort of information. 
  • Media are the most cited source of information about the EU by young people, while studying about the EU in schools is the second most common source of information.  
  • More than three quarters (79%) of young people say they are mostly or partially informed about the EU. 8% state to be fully informed and 14% declare to have no information about the EU.
  • The survey shows that young people who are better informed about the EU are more supportive of the EU accession process.
  • Young people say they to want to be more informed primarily about the EU youth and education policies.
  • Montenegro’s high school students think that youth exchange programmes with EU countries are the best way to involve them in EU integration, while consultations and debates between young people and government and EU representatives are considered to be the second best way. Montenegro’s young people also consider creating opportunities for youth to produce media programmes about the EU integration process for their peers a good way to engage them in the EU accession process.
  • Montenegrin youth is most proud of Montenegro’s history, achievements in the sport and Montenegro’s cultural heritage and culture. At the same time, young people say to be least proud of Montenegro’s social security and social protection.

For full report please consult the UNICEF Montenegro website or the UNICEF Montenegro Facebook page

For additional information, please contact:

Jelena Perović
Communication Officer
UNICEF Montenegro
Phone: +382 20 224 277 Ext. 3
Fax: +382 20 224 278
Cell phone: +382 69 225 315



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