Eurobarometer shows optimism in the EU is on the rise

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The latest Eurobarometer published on 2 August shows that Europeans are more positive about the future of the EU and their trust in the EU is on the rise.

One year after the Brexit referendum, an increasing majority of Europeans are optimistic about the future of the EU. From the 33,000 people surveyed across Europe, 56% said they were optimistic about the EU and 68% identified themselves as EU citizens, which is at its highest level since 2010.

Most Europeans feel more optimistic about the EU now than a year ago (6 points increase since 2016). The most significant increases in optimism about the EU are in France, Denmark and Portugal. On the other hand, those surveyed in the UK are more pessimistic since last year’s Brexit referendum. However, despite the start of the Brexit process, the British now seem to have a more positive view of the EU.

Trust in the EU is also on the rise and stands now at 42% (up from 36% in 2016 and 32% in 2015) and so is the positive image of the EU. However, the majority of Europeans still do not trust in the EU or have a positive image of the EU, hence a lot more needs to be done to gain the trust of the majority. 

Terrorism is the number one concern on Europeans' minds followed by immigration, the economic situation and unemployment. Terrorism and immigration are seen as top challenges in all EU countries except for Portugal and Sweden. Health and social security are key concerns at national level. 

For the first time, the Eurobarometer survey assessed the image of the EU in 11 non-EU countries (over 11,000 people in these countries were surveyed). In the four most populated of these countries (Brazil, China, India and the USA), at least three quarters of respondents have a positive view of the EU, with Brazilians being the most positive at 94%. Across these countries, the EU is globally perceived as 'a place of stability in a troubled world'.  

Cities are the level of government closest to people and can best engage citizens in the debate about the future of Europe. EUROCITIES will continue to work hard to bring the EU closer to citizens while bringing citizens and their concerns to the centre of the EU’s agenda. 

Read more about the Eurobarometer 'Future of Europe - Views from outside the EU' here: