EU has been ben­e­fi­cial, says 84% of Malta

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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

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