Trust in institutions is an essential aspect of governance in democratic societies. If citizens do not trust institutions, they may not respect their policy decisions. Democratic governments which enjoy a large degree of trust also tend to have higher degrees of legitimacy and policy efficacy. The issue of institutional trust is thus a central concern in the process of European integration.
Today almost a half of EU citizens (48%) tend to trust the European Parliament (EP) while 36% tend not trust it and 16% are not able to form an opinion (representin another important half of EU citizens). The siutation in terms of trust is similar regarding the European Commission. 44% of EU citizens tend to trust the European Commission, while 34% tend not to trust it and 22% are unable to express an opinion. This high level of ‘don’t know’ responses reflects that the awareness of the Commission is relatively lower to that of the European Parliament.