Brussels, 25 September 2012
Eurobarometer: Europeans are well aware and positive about EU space activities
Europeans are increasingly aware of the EU's activities in space. For Galileo, the European GPS system, public awareness is 57% in average, while in 2007 it was 40%. For the Global monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme the awareness is 38% whereas it was only 22% in 2009. European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani presented today in Brussels the results of the Flash Eurobarometer survey on space activities that was carried out this summer. The results were released at the opening of the European Space Expo in Brussels, which already travelled to 3 Members States and will travel to 15 others in the next 18 months.
Europeans are also very positive about space activities in general. 81% believe that space derived services and space technologies are important for the development of innovative terrestrial applications. This figure was 74% in 2009. This is confirmed by the fact that 76% say that space services are important for industrial competiveness, growth and creation of jobs in the EU (as opposed to 64% at the beginning of the crisis in 2009).
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “This survey acknowledges the importance that space has for European citizens and it supports the EU's involvement in this domain. So despite the current economic and financial turmoil our citizens are confident in our space initiatives. They are crucial for the economy and society and to foster innovation and industrial competitiveness".
For more information the full report is available on:
See also the DG ENTR space web site:
Key findings of the Eurobarometer
Citizens have ranked space activities according to priority and support their development by the EU, in partnership with the member States.
The majority of Europeans want the EU to play a role in the following areas:
For more results and more information on European Space policy please see MEMO/12/704.
The Flash Eurobarometer 355 survey on space activities was carried out in the 27 EU Member States between July 9th and 12th 2012. Some 25 536 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed by telephone in their mother tongue.