Trust and optimism in EU highest since 2014 – Eurobarometer

A new Eurobarometer survey released today shows a strong increase in citizens’ positive perception of the European Union (EU) across the board. These are the best results since the June 2014 Eurobarometer survey conducted before the Juncker Commission took office.

This latest Standard Eurobarometer survey was conducted after the European elections, between 7 June and 1 July 2019 in all 28 EU countries and five candidate countries.

Trust in the EU was recorded as being at its highest level since 2014 and remains higher than trust in national governments or parliaments. Trust in the EU has increased in 20 Member States, with the highest scores in Lithuania (72%), Denmark (68%) and Estonia (60%). In addition, over half of the respondents “tend to trust” the EU in Malta (56%).

Most Europeans agree that “their voice counts in the EU”. The EU average reaches 56% (+7 percentage points since autumn 2018), with the highest scores being observed in Sweden (86%), Denmark (81%) and Netherlands (76%).

Record high support for the euro

Support for the Economic and Monetary Union and for the euro reaches a new record high, with more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) in the Euro area in favour of the EU’s single currency. In the EU as a whole, support for the euro is stable at 62%.

The majority of respondents in 17 Member States state that the national economic situation is good. Luxembourg (94%), Denmark (91%) and the Netherlands (90%) are the countries with the highest scores. The lowest percentage of positive opinions is observed in Greece (7%), Croatia and Bulgaria (both 20%).

EU citizenship and free movement seen as main EU achievements

A large majority of EU citizens support “the free movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU” (81%), and in every EU Member State more than two-thirds of respondents share this view, from Lithuania (94%) to Italy and the UK (both 68%).

Top concerns at EU and national level

Immigration remains the main concern at EU level, with 34% of mentions, despite a strong decrease (-6 percentage points since autumn 2018). Climate change, which was ranked fifth in autumn 2018, is now the second most important concern after a strong increase. Three concerns obtain identical scores: the economic situation the state of Member States’ public finances and terrorism (18%).