Balkan Barometer is an annual survey of public opinion and business sentiments in six Western Balkans economies, commissioned by the Regional Cooperation Council. It is examining aspirations and expectations on life and work, prevalent socio-economic and political trends & regional and European integration.
The 2020, or sixth edition of the Balkan Barometer represents the next chapter in the steady evolution of the region’s foremost survey of public and business opinion. Launched as an attempt to measure impact of regional actions implemented under the SEE Strategy 2020 process, the Barometer is now firmly established as a reliable source of regional data widely employed and referenced by media, business, civil society and decision makers alike.
The 2020 Balkan Barometer surveys were conducted between November 2019 and January 2020 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, The Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. The Public Barometer survey posed 116 questions to 6,020 citizens and the Business Opinion survey presented 95 questions to 1,215 business owners, managers or executives. Answers by survey respondents have been systemized, analysed and presented in the two reports – Public Opinion Survey and Business Opinion Survey.
This edition of the Barometer has seen some changes in terms of questions and topics covered in an attempt to remain up-to-date and relevant in a rapidly changing regional landscape. The regular emergence of social and economic challenges and topics, whether global or local, has seldom been unaccompanied by regional ripples and the Barometer has always recorded their effects on the SEE community. In particular, the Barometer remains a valuable guide to frequently shifting attitudes towards cooperation and integration, both at regional and EU levels, helping inform the work of policy makers and other interested regional stakeholders.
While originally introduced to help track progress in meeting the South East Europe 2020 Strategy, Barometer has outgrown its role, and with the SEE 2020 scheduled to elapse this year, the Balkan Barometer is expected to serve a much broader range of purposes in the future. One of those roles would be to support crafting a post-2020 agenda that will be more in tune with the SEE community’s immediate needs and interests based on six years - worth of data and a clear need to act quickly to stem the negative effects of COVID-19 outbreak.