Prague - The EU means the freedom of travel, studies and work for almost one half of Czechs, but also squandering and bureaucracy for one-third of them, according to a poll conducted by the Eurobarometer and released by the European Commission Representation in Prague today.
Czechs were more critical of the EU than the European average, the poll found.
Some 55 percent of Czechs consider themselves EU citizens, but they placed 22nd within the whole EU in this respect.
On the other hand, 48 percent of Czechs only feel to be the Czech Republic's citizens, with which they occupied the sixth place in the EU.
Some 47 percent of those polled felt to be both Czechs citizens and Europeans.
However, more Czechs than the EU average trust European institutions.
Some 45 percent of Czechs trust the European Parliament, while the EU average is 39 percent, 42 percent the European Commission (32 percent in the whole EU) and 49 percent the European Central Bank (34 percent in the EU).
Some 43 percent of Czechs agree with the view that a solution to the economic situation was the biggest problem faced by the EU.
About 29 percent believe that the main target should be an increase in the living standards of all EU citizens and an increase in economic growth.
Czechs are rather split on the question of what creates European identity. The biggest proportion, 29 percent, said it was sport.
The answer was followed by culture, history and social values.
Compared with the rest of the EU, Czechs are more often convinced that the EU is best characterised by personal freedom. On the other hand, they were the least convinced that the EU is characterised by the observance of human rights.