Eurobarometer results reveal EU citizens support for development

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, today presented the results from the EU’s International Cooperation and Development Eurobarometer survey.  Figures show that the vast majority of Europeans hold a positive view about the benefits of international cooperation and development. Almost three quarters of those participating in the survey agreed that development aid is an effective way to tackle irregular migration (73%) and 80% of Europeans believe that development is in the EU’s own interest.

Following the announcement of the results, Commissioner Mimica said: “Eurobarometer results clearly show that EU citizens know about and value the importance of the EU’s international cooperation and development. Almost nine out of ten respondents think that helping developing countries is important, while more than seven out of ten agree that tackling poverty in developing countries has a positive influence on EU citizens. So at a time when Europe is challenged to make the case of its relevance to its citizens, we should seize this opportunity and make sure that we show the results of what we do, the impact it has on the ground, the difference it makes to the lives of people and how it benefits Europe’s values and interests. »

Here is our link to the press release and therein you will also find further weblinks to our factsheets on EU Member States: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-428_en.htm