Yes to more solidarity towards the poorest countries
85% of EU citizens believe that Europe should continue helping developing countries despite the economic crisis. The findings were announced today by European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs at the European Development Days.
The new Eurobarometer survey on development shows that 61% of Europeans are in favour of increasing aid to help people out of poverty. At the same time, a majority of 55% think that rapidly growing emerging countries should no longer receive aid. Most people (61%) believe that aid should focus on fragile countries which have suffered conflict or natural crises for example.
EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs commented: "I am encouraged to see that for most Europeans solidarity remains a deeply rooted value, even though their own economic situation may be difficult. The EU is about to decide the next seven year budget and people are sending a clear message to their leaders – savings should not be made at the expense of the poorest on the planet. But they also demand guarantees that aid goes to the poorest and provide visible results. This is in full line with my will to focus aid on countries most in need and to put inclusive growth and human rights at the heart of development policy. I'm also committed to better demonstrate the difference EU aid makes in fighting poverty to further boost the trust in our actions".
Read the full press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1102_en.htm