EU has been beneficial, says 84% of Malta
In Malta, 84% say that EU membership has, on balance been beneficial. This comes out of Eurobarometer’s latest ‘Parlemeter’ poll, commissioned by the European Parliament.
What brings EU citizens together is more important than what separates them, say 71% of Europeans (and 88% of Maltese), while 53% believe that being an EU member is good for their country.
A majority of Europeans interviewed in the poll believes that being a member of the European Union is a good thing for their country (53%, 2 compared to 2015; 58% in Malta). The share of respondents who believe EU membership is a good thing for their country varies widely, from 74% in Ireland to only 31% in Greece.
Polls show that this EU support indicator has remained roughly stable since 2009, when it was also 53%.
As in 2015, 60% of respondents overall said their country benefits from being part of the Union. This percentage has also remained stable in ‘Parlemeter’ surveys, from 56% in 2009, down to 52% in 2011 and up again up to 60% in the past two years.
In addition, according to 71% of respondents, there are more issues uniting Europeans than dividing them.
Elements of European identity
Among the elements of European identity, democracy and freedom remain key values for 50% of those interviewed, while the Euro declined significantly to 33% (down 6 points from 2015), particularly in the Eurozone. Nearly one in two Europeans feels that a harmonised social welfare system would reinforce their sense of being a European citizen (46%, +1).
More engagement needed?
Europeans feel that their voices count less and less, in particular at national level. Only 53% of respondents said that their voice is heard in their own country (-10 compared with 2015).
People do not have a positive view of the future, both in the EU, where 54% of respondents said “things are going in the wrong direction” (+13 compared with 2015), and in their