New survey shows highest support for development aid amongst EU citizens in 6 years
New Eurobarometer survey shows that the vast majority of Europeans hold a positive view about the benefits of international cooperation and development. Almost three quarters of those participating in the survey agreed that development aid is an effective way to tackle irregular migration (73%) and 80% of Europeans believe that development is in the EU’s own interest. Figures show that increases in the proportion of people who think tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the EU (up five percentage points to 69%. EU citizens see peace and security in developing countries as the most important challenge of the year for development and cooperation (41%) - which perhaps may be due to the fact that it can be seen as an important factor in tackling the root causes of irregular migration. Meanwhile, more than one third of Europeans have heard or read about the Sustainable Development Goals (36%). This compares with just 22% who said that they had heard about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the 2013 Eurobarometer survey.