This year's Eurobarometer survey on EU development cooperation shows a widespread consensus amongst European citizens on the importance of international cooperation and development. Almost 9 in 10 EU citizens say that development cooperation is important to support people in developing countries, confirming the trend observed over the last years. It makes development cooperation one of the most positively perceived EU policies.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica commented: “I am very happy to see that Europeans continue to very strongly support the Union's development cooperation and agree on key priorities I have been working on over the last years: strengthening partnerships such as with Africa; deepening our engagement to create jobs; and bringing in more private investments. This is a solid basis for the Union to maintain its leading global role and address the significant challenges that remain.”
Three in four Europeans agree that the EU should strengthen its partnership with Africa and increase financial investments to create jobs and ensure sustainable development on both continents.
More than 7 in 10 EU citizens say that financial assistance is an effective way to address irregular migration, and an equally large proportion agree that providing financial assistance to developing countries helps reduce inequalities in those countries.