EU membership retains widespread support around continent

EU membership retains widespread support around continent

The perception of the European Union among European citizens remains close to its highest level since 2008. According to fresh data presented today in the latest Eurobarometer survey, just under 49% of respondents said that they viewed the European Union positively. 37% expressed a neutral opinion, with 14% sharing a negative reaction. Citizens of Ireland (76%), Portugal (67%), Luxembourg, Sweden (both 63%) and Poland (58%) are most likely to hold a positive image of the EU, while a negative one is most often found among respondents in Austria and Greece (both 25%). A small majority of Maltese citizens (52%) see…
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Despite pandemic, Europeans consider the quality of life and situation of the economy has slightly improved

Despite pandemic, Europeans consider the quality of life and situation of the economy has slightly improved

The first results of a newly published Flash Eurobarometer on public opinion in EU regions show that over eight in ten Europeans (83%) say that the quality of life in their region is good (representing an increase of three percentage points since 2018), while 68% say that the situation of the economy of their region is good (up two percentage points since 2018). Over seven in ten respondents (71%) say they are optimistic regarding the future of their region (up three percentage points since 2018). For respondents, the most important issue facing their region at the moment is the economic situation and…
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EP survey: EU recovery funds should only go to countries respecting the rule of law

EP survey: EU recovery funds should only go to countries respecting the rule of law

In the latest public opinion survey, four out of five respondents (81%) say the EU should only provide funds to Member States that respect the rule of law and democratic values. The Maltese are strongly in favour of this, with 83% totally agreeing or tending to agree. A Eurobarometer survey published today by the European Parliament ahead of the State of the European Union event on 15 September shows clear public support for transparency and effective control of EU funds disbursed in the framework of the NextGenerationEU programme.According to the survey, across the EU, 53% of citizens fully agree that…
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Malta: Over 70% claim to have been exposed to online disinformation

Malta: Over 70% claim to have been exposed to online disinformation

The Maltese say they are among the most likely to have witnessed online misinformation as well as political intimidation, according to a survey by Eurobarometer carried out in November 2020, but published in the past days. The survey shows that three in four in Malta have “personally witnessed” or have been exposed to political disinformation online – the third-highest in Europe. The same survey shows that 51% of respondents in all EU member states have had the same experience. Source: MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Trust in EU has increased since last summer, Eurobarometer shows

Trust in EU has increased since last summer, Eurobarometer shows

The Commission has published the results of the latest Standard Eurobarometer survey conducted in February-March 2021. It shows that while the coronavirus pandemic has affected Europeans' daily lives for more than a year, attitudes towards the EU remain positive. The image of the EU and the trust in it have increased and are now at their highest levels in more than a decade.  Almost one in two citizens trusts the European Union (49%), a 6-point increase since the Standard Eurobarometer of Summer 2020, while 46% of citizens have a positive image of the EU. In the current circumstances, Europeans identify…
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Malta: Migration top concern despite COVID-19 pandemic, EU survey shows

Malta: Migration top concern despite COVID-19 pandemic, EU survey shows

Maltese people feel migration is still the main problem facing the EU, despite the health and economic ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, an EU-wide survey has found.  According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, published on Friday, 61 per cent of Maltese, by far the largest proportion in the EU, feel that migration is the greatest challenge facing the EU. Source Times of Malta Updated 1711
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New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens

New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens

According to a new Eurobarometer survey, 94% of citizens in all EU Member States say that protecting the environment is important to them. In addition, 91% of citizens stated that climate change is a serious problem in the EU. European legislation is necessary to protect the environment, according to 83% of those surveyed. The Eurobarometer Survey published this week reveals that citizens want more to be done to protect the environment, and that they believe responsibility should be shared by big companies and industry, national governments and the EU, as well as citizens themselves. The interviewed citizens considered that the…
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Less than half of EU travellers are aware of EU Passenger Rights

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of EU Passenger Rights

The European Commission today released the results of a Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union (EU). According to the survey, 43% of EU citizens who have travelled by air, long-distance rail, coach, ship or ferry in the previous 12 months (‘travellers') know that the EU has put in place rights for passengers. Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: “The European Union is the only area in the world where citizens are protected by a full set of passenger rights. However, these rights need to be better known and easier to understand and enforced. Our rules should also…
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Immigration and climate change remain main concerns at EU level

Immigration and climate change remain main concerns at EU level

According to the results of a new Eurobarometer survey released today, overall trust in the EU remains stable (at 43%), although slightly less than in spring (-1 percentage point). Trust in the EU is the majority view in 18 Member States and trust has increased in 12 Member States in the same period. The survey also shows an increasing concern amongst European citizens about climate change and the environment, support for EU measures to improve gender equality at the work place, and continued support for the Economic and Monetary Union and the euro.   Trust and image of the EU…
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Protecting human rights tops EU citizens’ list of values 

Protecting human rights tops EU citizens’ list of values 

A Eurobarometer survey, published this week, asked citizens, among several topics, which political issue the Parliament should deal with as a matter of priority. Parliament’s autumn Eurobarometer survey traditionally asks citizens which political issue the European Parliament should deal with as a matter of priority. With regard to European values, a clear majority of citizens see protecting human rights worldwide (48%), freedom of speech (38%), gender equality (38%) and solidarity between EU member states (33%) as the main fundamental values to preserve in the European Union. Although the ranking of priorities show a significant variation across individual member states, for…
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Europeans show record support for the euro, majority want to remove 1 and 2 cent coin

Europeans show record support for the euro, majority want to remove 1 and 2 cent coin

More than three in four citizens think that the single currency is good for the European Union, according to the latest Eurobarometer results. This is the highest support since surveys began in 2002. According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on the euro area, 76% of respondents think the single currency is good for the EU. This is the highest support since the introduction of euro coins and banknotes in 2002 and a 2-percentage point increase since last year's already record levels. Similarly, a majority of 65% of citizens across the euro area think that the euro is…
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Majority of EU citizens positive about international trade

Majority of EU citizens positive about international trade

The results of a special Eurobarometer survey published today by the European Commission show that 60% of Europeans feel that they personally benefit from international trade, 16 percentage points more than 10 years ago at the time of the previous poll. The survey also revealed that 71% of respondents believe that the EU is more effective in defending their countries' trade interests than these countries acting on their own. Today's report covers a whole range of aspects related to awareness, perceptions and attitudes of European citizens towards international trade, among others: Objectives and priorities for EU trade policy: 54% of…
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Discrimination falls, but wide differences remain across EU

Discrimination falls, but wide differences remain across EU

Support for LGBTI relationships has grown in Europe, but it varies considerably between EU member states, according to a new Eurobarometer survey on discrimination in Europe. Also, the report highlighted that 88% of Europeans say they would feel comfortable having a woman in the highest elected position in their country. This is a 7 percentage point increase compared to 2015. Overall, there have been decreases in discrimination in EU member state countries since 2015, the study concluded. See full report here Market research company Kantar surveyed 27,438 people in 28 member states between May 9 and May 25, 2019, for…
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Over 90 per cent of Maltese worried about climate change – Eurobarometer report

Over 90 per cent of Maltese worried about climate change – Eurobarometer report

More than nine in ten in Malta think climate change is a serious problem, and over a third think climate change is the biggest problem facing the world today, a Brussels-commissioned survey showed. The Maltese had the largest increase in concerns about climate change among Europeans, according the the report. Asked whether they considered climate change to be a serious problem, the Eurobarometer showed an increase of 20 percentage points compared to last year. Denmark had the second largest increase by 18 percentage points (47 per cent) and Germany had the second largest increase by 30 percentage points (30 per…
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Europeans upbeat about the state of the European Union, immigration remains the main concern

Europeans upbeat about the state of the European Union, immigration remains the main concern

A new Eurobarometer survey released today shows a strong increase in citizens’ positive perception of the European Union across the board – from the economy to the state of democracy. These are the best results since the June 2014 Eurobarometer survey conducted before the Juncker Commission took office. This latest Standard Eurobarometer survey was conducted after the European elections, between 7 June and 1 July 2019 in all 28 EU countries and five candidate countries. Amongst the main findings are a record-high support for the euro and climate change turning into the second top concern at EU level, after immigration.…
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Spain declares war on fake news

Spain declares war on fake news

  The Spanish government has set up a special unit to fight cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns in view of the four elections coming up in April and May - a snap general election for April 28 and on May 26, the day that local, regional and European elections will take place. A group of people working under the guidance of the Office of the Spanish Prime MInister are already at work searching the internet to identify falsehoods and distorted facts. Each ministry involved in the effort has been given a similar task, and told to communicate any findings for…
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Free movement considered the biggest EU achievement

Free movement considered the biggest EU achievement

Recently the European Commission published the Spring 2018 Standard Eurobarometer results which indicate a growing trust by the European Union citizens in the EU and its institutions. Positive results are visible across the survey with a favourable increment in the areas of economic optimism, the Economic and Monetary Union and the general perception of the EU, among others. Conducted between the 17 and 28 March 2018 through face-to-face interviews with 33,130 people across the EU Member States and the candidate countries, the Eurobarometer looks at the EU and its policies as seen a year before the European Parliament elections and…
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New Poll shows Europeans think life is generally fair

New Poll shows Europeans think life is generally fair

New poll shows most Europeans think life is generally fair, but have concerns over justice, political decisions and income inequality. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made fairness in the EU the cornerstone of his political priorities. To support this effort with scientific evidence, the Commission's science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) produced its first Fairness Report last year. The results of the Special Eurobarometer survey published today will contribute to tackling wider questions of perceived unfairness in employment, education, health and society at large. According to the Eurobarometer published today, a majority of Europeans think that most things that happen in…
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