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Press release

Brussels, 23 July 2013

Spring 2013 Eurobarometer: A greater dose of optimism

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey results published today, six out of ten citizens in the EU feel 'European' and want to know more about their rights, but less than half (46%) know what these rights are.

These results come during the 2013 European Year of Citizens – a year dedicated to improving awareness about the rights of European citizens.

Today's results also show that Europeans see their rights as EU citizens as the most positive result from the EU – almost six in ten people identify the free movement of people, goods and services as the EU's most positive result.

Despite the crisis, those saying they are optimistic about the EU's future outnumber those who say they are pessimistic in 19 out of 28 countries, while pessimism about the impact of the crisis on jobs appears to be receding. Almost seven in ten Europeans (67%), with a majority in all Member States, say that the EU's voice counts in the world.

An absolute majority (51%) of Europeans are in favour of the euro, with those living within the Euro area supporting the single currency with a two-thirds majority (62%). This support is at or near its strongest (between 68% and 77%) in four out of the last five countries to join the Euro area (Estonia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia).

Background

The Spring 2013 Standard Eurobarometer was conducted through face-to-face interviews between 10 and 26 May 2013. A total of 32,694 people were interviewed across the EU Member States and in the candidate countries.

Further information

The First results report published today outlines Europeans’ perceptions of the current economic situation, their main concerns and trust in political institutions. It also covers their opinions on the crisis, the Europe 2020 strategy and issues related to EU citizenship.

The First results report is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb/eb79/eb79_en.htm

Contacts :

Mina Andreeva (+32 2 299 13 82)

Natasha Bertaud (+32 2 296 74 56)

ANNEX

1. Most positive results of the EU

2. My voice counts at EU level

3. Feelings of EU citizenship

4. Rights of EU citizens

5. Future of the EU

6. Support for the Euro

7. Impact of the crisis on jobs


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