A new Eurobarometer survey released today shows that the number of Europeans who have a positive image of the EU increases – it is now at 43%, which is the highest level since autumn 2009.
For the first time since the question has been asked, a majority of Europeans (49%) agree that “their voice counts in the EU”, while trust in the EU (42%) remains higher than trust in national governments or parliaments (35%). A large majority of respondents (83%) supports the “free movement of EU citizens”, with more than two-thirds of respondents sharing this view in all EU Member States. Also, 20 years after the introduction of the euro,support for the Economic and Monetary Union and for the euro is at a record high,with three-quarters of respondents (75%) in the Euro area in favour of the EU’s single currency. Asked about the main concern at EU level, a majority of citizens (40%) responded with immigration, and 20% with terrorism which is still the second most important concern despite a strong decrease. These are some of the key results of the latest Standard Eurobarometer survey, which was conducted between 8-22 November with over 30,000 people in EU Member States and in the candidate countries. The full survey is available online. More information about the Eurobarometer survey is available in the press release.