In a survey published at the European Development Days last week, 66% European citizens agreed that tackling poverty should be one of the main priorities of the Union.
The Eurobarometer survey also showed that 69% of European citizens believed that helping developing countries also benefits the EU and themselves. Other key figures show that 61% feel that aid should be increased, and 48% are more willing to buy food products that support developing countries.
Younger people also have a more positive outlook on development, with 61% of 15-24 year old believing they can play a personal role in tackling poverty in developing countries, as opposed to only 45% of those aged 55+.
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, commented: « I am very encouraged to see that EU citizens support global solidarity and believe that together we can make a real difference in overcoming poverty. Big challenges lie ahead of us: ensuring that we achieve the Millennium Development Goals and make poverty a thing of the past. For the way forward we all need to work together – the global community should agree on an ambitious joint agenda for the eradication of poverty and sustainable development. Today’s survey has a clear message: Europeans stand ready to play their role in this.”