EU Development Aid and the Millennium Development Goals

Special Eurobarometer: EU Development Aid and the Millennium Development Goals

According to 66% of EU citizens, tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the European Union.

Seven out of ten people (69%) believe that helping these countries is also good for the EU, benefiting its citizens. Despite the economic crisis, more EU citizens are now willing to pay more for groceries and products that support developing countries (48% of respondents, which represents an increase of 4 percentage points since 2012). 83% of respondents, meanwhile, think that it is important to help people in developing countries and 61% are of the opinion that aid should be increased. EU citizens think that future development policy should focus on employment (44% of respondents), health (33%), economic growth (31%) and education (30%).


The Special Eurobarometer survey was presented today by the European Commission at the European Development Days (EDDs).


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