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    20 February 2017
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  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil
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    06 September 2016
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  • Variable attitudes towar
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    01 September 2016
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  • Commission proposes 2018
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    30 August 2016
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  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia
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    30 August 2016
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    29 August 2016
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    The Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to...
    24 August 2016
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Eurobarometer: Strong public support for Commission's political priorities
29 July 2016

Immigration and terrorism are seen as the major challenges facing the EU:

Asking citizens about their main concerns, immigration remains at the top of the most frequently cited issues facing the EU (48%, -10). Terrorism (39%, +14) remains the second most frequently cited item after a sharp increase since the previous survey in autumn 2015. It is well ahead of the economic situation (19%, -2), the state of Member States public finances (16%, -1) and unemployment (15%, -2). Immigration is number one concern for the EU in 20 Member States and among the top two concerns in all countries, except Portugal. Terrorism is number one concern in eight Member States and among the top two concerns in all countries, except Greece.

At national level, main concerns are unemployment (33%, -3) and immigration (28%, -8). The economic situation is in third place (19%, unchanged) 

Support for European Commission’s political priorities:

As in the previous survey of November 2015, there is positive endorsement of the priority topics set by the European Commission.

- Regarding the issue of migration, 67% of Europeans say they are in favour of a common European policy on migration. Almost six Europeans out of ten (58%) are positive about migration of people from other EU Member States. However, the same proportion is negative about immigration of people from outside the EU.

- 79% of Europeans are in favour of the "free movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU". Majorities of respondents support free movement in all countries from UK (63%) to Latvia (95%). In addition, most Europeans regard the free movement of people, goods and services within the EU as the most positive achievement of the EU (56%), alongside peace among the Member States (55%).

- Europeans see the EU as a global actor: 68% think that the EU's voice counts in the world.

- On investment within the EU, 56% of Europeans agree public money should be used to stimulate private sector investment at EU level.

- 56% of Europeans are also in favour of a digital single market within the EU.

- On energy, 70% of Europeans are in favour of a common energy policy among EU Member States.

- Support for the euro remains stable (55% in the EU overall, 68% in the euro area). There is majority support for the single currency in 22 Member States including all those belonging to the Euro area.

- Support for a free trade and investment agreement between the EU and the USA is the majority view in 24 Member States. Overall, 51% of respondents in the EU are in favour.

Trust in the EU is higher than trust in national governments; EU citizenship stands firm

The number of Europeans who say they trust the European Union has gone up to 33%. The average level of trust in national governments is stable at 27%.

An unchanged proportion of Europeans (38%) say they have a neutral image of the EU. The number of Europeans who say they have a positive image of the EU stands at 34% while 27% have a negative image.

The number of citizens who say that their voice counts in the EU remains stable at 38% (-1 point), maintaining the positive boost observed since the European elections in 2014.

Two thirds of Europeans (66%, +2) feel that they are citizens of the EU. This view is shared by majorities of respondents in 26 Member States. 


  • The EU's response to the...
    One of our student interns produced this well-written article about the ongoi...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The importance of labour...
    This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately c...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re...
    The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturall...
    29 December 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • A boost for the European...
    The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to develop a strong space ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU increasing support fo...
    The EU has announced that it shall implement new aid programmes in the Latin ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes EU c...
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil...
    A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the ...
    06 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Variable attitudes towar...
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes 2018...
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia...
    The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Startin...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes fish...
    The European Commission today tabled its proposal on fishing opportunities in...
    29 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Towards better social st...
    The Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to...
    24 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
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