Eurobarometer finds strong support for common security and defence policy

The decisive majority of the Union’s citizens support the idea of a common foreign and security and defence policy, a new Eurobarometer survey reveals.

Over 70 per cent of the 16,300 respondents to the survey, conducted between January and mid-February 2003, expressed their support for the EU's efforts towards creating a common security and foreign policy, and 63 per cent were in favour of a common foreign policy. The respective figures in the previous Eurobarometer survey, conducted in November 2002, were 73 per cent and 67 per cent.

Support for a common foreign policy was found to be the lowest (i.e., below 50 per cent) in Finland, Sweden and Britain, and the highest in Greece, Italy and Luxembourg.

The findings of the poll were presented to Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, president of the Convention on the future of Europe, who had requested regular polls on the subject.

 

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