VILNIUS – Lithuanians are most concern among EU member states over rising prices and taxes but are not so concerned about climate change, a new Eurobarometer survey has shown.
Survey participants were asked to name their two biggest concerns. 52 percent of Lithuanians mentioned rising prices, inflation and rising living standards, which is almost triple of the EU average of 18 percent.
Taxation came in second among Lithuanians (25 percent), compared to the EU average of 8 percent.
Ieva Petronyte, a lecture at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, says people are concerned about prices in many Central and Eastern European countries where living standards are lower than in the West.
"Those rising prices and living costs raise concern for other Eastern European countries as well. The same problems are mentioned by Poles, Estonians, Czechs, Romanians and Bulgarians," the expert told BNS. "That can be linked to the economic situation in these countries being worse, as compared to other countries."
23 percent of Lithuania, similar to the EU average, mentioned health and social security.
"All countries are facing this challenge but for different reasons. In Western Europe, it can be related to immigration. And in our country, it can be related to economic insufficiency or a poor situation of many people," Petronyte said.
The survey also showed that Lithuanian are much less concern about climate change, compared to other EU countries.
Only 4 percent of respondents in Lithuania mentioned "environment, climate and energy" as their main concerns, compared to 23 percent in all EU member states.
The pan-European survey in November involved 27,382 people. Kantar surveyed 1,008 people in Lithuania on Nov 15-25.