Eurobarometer registers increasing interest in EU policies
The European Parliament (EP) has published a recent Eurobarometer survey according to which the number of people generally interested in EU policies is rising and is currently at 54% (up by 11 points since 2013). The survey also states that more Europeans feel their countries have benefitted from EU membership (60%, up 6% since June 2013). The survey, which had been commissioned by the EP, also found found marked differences among countries on all issues addressed.
A total of 28,150 Europeans aged over 15 took part in the survey between 19 and 29 September 2015. The first part of the survey dealt with the issue of migration and the economic and social situation, the second dealt more specifically with the European Parliament and issues relating to attachment and belonging to the European Union, identity, citizenship, priority policies and values.
The EP points out that it should be noted that the field survey was conducted at the height of the recent wave of migration and at a time of intensive discussions about the future of the EU, and of economic and monetary union in particular. It should also be borne in mind that European averages are weighted and that the six most heavily populated Member States account for around 70% in this average.
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