Methodology - Instrument description
The first wave of the Candidate countries Eurobarometer was carried out in October 2001 in all the 13 countries applying for membership. Its methodology is almost identical to that of the Standard Eurobarometer. One report is published each year, excluding the special reports. It replaces the Central and Eastern Eurobarometer (CEEB).
The Central and Eastern Eurobarometer (CEEB) was an annual general public survey carried out from 1990 to 1998.It started in Autumn 1990 when nationally-representative surveys were undertaken for the European Commission in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
For the second wave of research, the number of countries was expanded and included nationally-representative samples from Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Russia west of the Urals. Central and Eastern EUROBAROMETER no. 3 further added Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Slovenia and Ukraine, while taking into account the split of Czechoslovakia. Georgia and Moldova were not surveyed in 1993 while Georgia and Kazakhstan were added in 1994. In 1995 the survey was extended to Croatia. In virtually all of the 19 countries covered by Central and Eastern Eurobarometer no. 6, a sample of around 1000 persons were interviewed in their homes.
The study is strictly nationally representative, the exception being Georgia, where the region of Abkhazia was not included due to the state of war. In certain parts of Croatia (Slavonia, Dalmatia, Lika, Kordun and Banija) some areas were substituted by corresponding localities in the same region.