In Malta, there is a greater perception of EU citizenship, when compared to results from other countries in the EU27. The Maltese population appears to be deriving more benefits out of EU achievements. In fact, when compared to the previous Standard Eurobarometer wave, there was a substantial increase in the number of respondents residing in Malta who claimed that they have worked, lived or studied in another EU country. Respondents from Malta indicated that they feel they have also benefitted in terms of improved consumers rights when buying products or services in another EU country, less expensive communication costs when using a mobile phone in another EU country, and strengthened rights of air transport passengers in the EU.
The report contains also data on the different media people use to follow EU affairs. Malta was placed among the top 10 countries whose respondents claimed to use online social networks everyday or almost every day. Over a year, online social networks were ranked as the second-most sought source from where local respondents gather news about national and European political matters. Overall, there has been an increase in the number of respondents from Malta who used the radio and the internet as a source of information for national and European political matters, while the written press has been used to a lesser extent.
The majority of local respondents believe that online social networks are a modern way of keeping abreast with political affairs, getting people interested in politics, and are a good way to have one's say on political issues. The percentage of respondents from Malta who agreed to these aforementioned statements was substantially above the EU27 average. Yet, respondents living in Malta still have an issue with trust in relation to these social networks.
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