Brussels, 20 June 2007
The Spring Eurobarometer shows that the opinion in the Member States has become considerably more favourable towards the European Union and its institutions compared to the Autumn 2006 survey. A climate of confidence is also clearly emerging regarding the way the Europeans consider the economic situation in their country.
Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, said about the survey: "The new Eurobarometer shows more optimism in the European Union as regards its future and the tasks that people expect the EU to perform. It offers a window of opportunity to reform the Union. I hope the coming European Council will translate this optimism into an agreement on the reform, so essential to fulfil the ambitions and expectations that citizens hold for the Union".
The three main indicators covering the general attitudes towards the EU – the support for EU membership (57%, +4), the perceived benefits of membership (59%,+5), and the image of the EU (52%, +6) – show very positive trends. A parallel tendency in the level of trust can be observed for the Commission (52%, +4) and the European Parliament (56%, +4).
Overall, a majority of Europeans (52%, +6) believe that the situation of their national economy is good. 44% think to the contrary.
49% (+3) of citizens support further enlargement of the EU in future years and 39% (-3) oppose it.
Two-thirds (66%, +3) of the Europeans support the concept of a European constitution.
69% of Europeans say they are very or fairly optimistic with regards to the future of the European Union.
When asked about the way they see the European Union 50 years from now, the Europeans see it as "a leading diplomatic power in the world" (61%), having its own army (56%) and a "president directly elected by European citizens" (51%). Only 31% consider that the EU would only be then "a secondary economic power".
On global warming, 88% consider this is an issue the EU should be dealing with urgently - 57% considering it "very urgent".89% agree that the EU should urgently put new policies in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020.
This 'Standard Eurobarometer' survey was conducted through face to face
interviews by TNS Opinion & Social. A total of 29222 people were interviewed
between 10 April and 15 May 2007. The First results are available on the public
opinion web page in the Europa web site: