The European Union has revealed in a survey conducted by the its International Cooperation and Development Eurobarometer that almost nine out of ten EU citizens support development while more than half said that promised levels of aid should be delivered by the EU.
The EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, disclosed this while presenting the results from the survey in Brussels.
According to him, 73 percent those who participated in the survey agreed that development aid was an effective way to tackle irregular migration while the vast majority of Europeans hold a positive view about the benefits of international cooperation and development.
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.”
The survey was held towards the end of 2015, which was the European Year for Development which aimed to increase awareness of its citizens about how EU development aid works and where the money was spent.