Albania holds the highest percentage of trust in European institutions compared to any other country in the European Union and the Balkans.
About 80% of the Albanian population, in fact, has confidence in the parliament and the European Commission, according to a Eurostat report for the 2018.
The lack of trust in national institutions meant that the attention of the Albanian population turned to Europe. The bureaucracy of national institutions has tired the Albanian citizens, according to most of whom the only hope is the EU:
"More confidence in European institutions, as they are more developed than us. They have more experience, they have long been in a democracy and they are safer; we are little puppies in comparison.
We wait for them, and despite this we follow the wrong path. We believe in Europe because they are ahead of us, while our country is incomprehensible. One day he pulls out a law, the day after another. It has no stability. We are Europeans, we cannot be otherwise."- stated some Albanian citizens to the microphones of the Top Channel broadcaster.
The publication highlights how non-EU countries have greater confidence in European bodies: in the Balkans, behind Albania in terms of confidence in European institutions, there are Montenegro and Northern Macedonia. While Serbia, despite appearing to be the closest to the opening of official negotiations with the European Union, is the country with the lowest confidence, around 30%.
And the EU countries?
Another element that immediately catches the eye observing the Eurostat report is the lack of trust of the populations of the EU countries with the European institutions, which sees BREXIT as its main consequence.
About 30% of the population of Great Britain, Italy, France, Spain and Greece, puts trust in European institutions; on the other hand, however, the countries with greater confidence in the EU are Finland, Sweden and Belgium.