More than two thirds of Europeans believe that fighting poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU’s top priorities as it contributes to a more peaceful and equal world. But the level of support of people who say they are personally involved in helping developing countries varies greatly. Personal participation is highest in the Netherlands and Sweden, and lowest in Bulgaria and Romania.
The “European Year for Development 2015” has just been launched. Its aim is to make citizens of the EU understand and support the role of the Union in addressing global challenges and providing development aid. Next year’s public opinion survey will hopefully measure the impact of this effort.