Most EU citizens believe tackling poverty through development assistance should be EU priority

The 2019 report on the annual Eurobarometer survey on EU development cooperation, published on October 23, 2019, shows that the majority of EU citizens believe that tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU's main priorities. 

Key findings of the report include:

  • Nearly nine in ten EU citizens believe that it is important to help people in developing countries;
  • Seven in ten people believe that tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU’s main priorities;
  • Nearly eight in ten people agree that tackling poverty in developing countries is also in the EU’s interest;
  • Seven in ten people believe that development assistance is an effective way to strengthen the EU’s influence in the world;
  • Three in four people agree that providing development assistance contributes to a fairer and more peaceful world;
  • More than two-thirds of people think that development assistance is an effective way to reduce inequalities in developing countries; and
  • Three in four people think the EU should strengthen its partnership with Africa and increase its financial investments in the continent to support sustainable development. 

The survey, conducted annually since 2009, is commissioned by the European Commission’s directorate-general for international cooperation and development (DG DEVCO) and follows the attitudes of Europeans towards development cooperation and its role in EU policy. Nearly 27,500 respondents of different social and demographic groups were surveyed. 
 
Press release - DG DEVCO

Report summary - Eurobarometer Survey 

Full report - Eurobarometer Survey

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