Majority of people in the EU want expansion

09-02-2001

According to a public opinion poll carried out by the European Commission in the EU's fifteen member states, the majority of EU citizens are in favour of expanding the Union eastwards. 44 percent of those asked said they were in favour of enlargement, thirty five percent were against and the rest were undecided. The lowest level of support was found in the EU's largest countries, Britain, France, Germany and Austria. People in Germany and Austria in particular are concerned over a possible influx of cheap labour from candidate countries such as the Czech Republic.