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As European Year for Development kicks off, new figures show increased EU citizens' support for development

EU News 5/2015

Brussels, 12 January 2015

Today, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, presented a new Eurobarometer survey to mark the beginning of the European Year for Development. Figures show that the number of people who are in favour of increasing aid has gone up significantly, and Europeans continue to feel very positively about development and cooperation. 67% of respondents across Europe think that development aid should be increased – a higher percentage than in recent years, despite the economic situation. 85% believe that it is important to help people in developing countries.

Almost half of respondents would personally be prepared to pay more for groceries or products from those countries, and nearly two thirds say that tackling poverty in developing countries should be a main priority for the EU.

Source and additional information:

Statement by Neven Mimica, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation and Development on the publication of the Eurobarometer results within the scope of the European Year for Development 2015. Date: 12/01/2015 Reference: P-027192/00-08 (C)EU 2015 URL