More than half of Bulgarians, Romanians and Croats have a positive attitude towards the future adoption of the euro in their countries, the European Commission said, quoting the results of a flash Eurobarometer survey.
As many as 75% of Romanian respondents support the introduction of the common currency in their country, as do 61% of Croats and 54% of Bulgarians, the Commission said, citing the results of a flash Eurobarometer survey survey conducted in May.
According to 63% of Romanians and 56% of Croats, a switch to the euro would have a positive impact on their country. This view is shared by 47% of Bulgarians.
The majority, 70%, of Romanians and slightly over half, 57%, of Croats also believe it would have a positive impact on a personal level. With Bulgarians this share is 46%.
A total 46% of Romanian respondents are eager to introduce the euro as soon as possible, as compared to 25% of Bulgarians and 23% of Croats.
As many as 78% of Croats, 64% of Bulgarians and 42% of Romanians believe the euro will be introduced in their country in the next five years.
Most Croats and Bulgarians, 71% and 69%, respectively, believe the euro would increase prices in their countries. Half of the Romanian respondents hold this view.
A total of 89% of Romanians and Croatians, and 83% of Bulgarians believe they will manage to adapt to a switch to the euro.
The survey was conducted across all non-euro area countries in the EU, consisting of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden. The total number of respondents stands at 7,058.