Balkan Barometer is an annual survey of public opinion and business sentiments in six Western Balkan 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.
This year’s seventh edition of Balkan Barometer speaks volumes about the citizens’ and businesses’ sentiments, forecasts and opinion on the most pertinent policy areas across the Western Balkan six economies. The surveys reveal in detail citizens’ attitudes towards the EU and regional integration, while also keeping a close eye on the operations of businesses in the COVID-19 induced environment.
The 2021 Balkan Barometer surveys were conducted between December 2020 and February 2021 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, The Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. The Public Barometer survey posed 117 questions to 6,000 citizens and the Business Opinion survey presented 110 questions to 1,200 business owners, managers or executives. Answers by survey respondents have been systemized, analysed and presented in two reports – Public Opinion Survey and Business Opinion Survey.
Against the backdrop of a pandemic outbreak which significantly reshaped the global outlook, including the Western Balkan region, after last year’s special COVID-19 edition, this year Balkan Barometer 2021 includes the topics concerning a challenging regional COVID-19 induced landscape. It sheds light on the manifestation of the need for resilience and adaptability in civic activism and public governance in the face of political and economic crises induced by the pandemic.
While originally launched as an attempt to measure impact of regional actions implemented under the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 Strategy, 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. It remains an independent guide to attitudes towards cooperation and integration, as well as attitudes to other key policy areas both at domestic and regional level that affect the daily lives of the Western Balkan citizens and businesses.