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74% of Maltese are not ready to face rising food prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


Semira Abbas Sharan

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:59
Last updated: about 24 minutes ago



Seventy-four percent of Malta’s people said they were not ready to face rising food prices following the measures and sanctions taken by the European Union against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A special eurobarometer of the European Parliament in the spring of 2022 revealed.

The investigation questioned whether the potential consequences of the sanctions imposed on Russia affected the public in preparing to confront the potential consequences. 74% of Malta said they were not ready to face rising food prices, and 71% said they were not ready to face rising energy prices.

Throughout the European Union, 59% said they were not ready to face rising food prices as a result of the war. 58% of EU27 countries are not ready to face rising energy prices.

As a result, 51% of the Maltese people say they are not confident that their lives will continue unchanging because of the potential consequences of the war in Ukraine. 61% of 27 EU countries said they were “not confident” if their lives remained unchanged.

Fifty-five percent of Malta’s people have stated that their standard of living has already declined as a result of the war in Ukraine, and expect it to do so next year. Forty percent of Europeans have already experienced a decline in living standards, and an additional 47% expect such effects to occur during the next year. Only 1 in 10 (11%) believe that war will not affect their standard of living.

61% of Europeans believe that their lives could change. It is mainly found in Greece (86%), Slovakia (86%) and Czech Republic (81%). 72% of Europeans carefully follow news related to the war in Ukraine. Only about one-third (37%) of the respondents believe that life remains unchanged.

Uncertainty (50%), hope (47%) and self-confidence (32%) are primarily felt by citizens of the EU as a whole. Overall, hope is the predominant emotion in more countries. Citizens with financial difficulties most often feel uncertain, the study said.

Regarding EU accession, 65% of Europeans consider EU accession to be a good thing, and their attitude has improved since 2007. 70% say EU accession is important. 74% of Malta’s people also believe that Malta’s accession to the EU is good.

Democracy is an important value for European citizens, with 38% putting democracy at the forefront, followed by “free speech and thought” and “protection of human rights in the EU and the world” (both 27%). ..

Thirty-three percent of the Maltese people believe that the protection of human rights in the EU and around the world is a priority of the European Parliament. 27% believe that this priority should be democracy.

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https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-06-22/local-news/74-of-Maltese-are-not-ready-to-face-rise-in-food-prices-following-Russia-s-invasion-of-Ukraine-6736243903 74% of Maltese are not ready to face rising food prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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