Eurobarometer published on 23 October this year’s survey on EU development cooperation, showing a consensus among European citizens on the importance of international cooperation and development.

Almost 9 in 10 Europeans believe that development cooperation is important to support people in developing countries, which makes this one of the most positively perceived EU policies. More than 7 in 10 EU citizens say that providing financial aid to developing countries is an effective way to strengthen EU’s global influence.

“This is a solid basis for the Union to maintain its leading global role and address the significant challenges that remain”, said EU Commissioner for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica, highlighting the Union’s efforts in strengthening partnerships such as with Africa, in introducing more private investments, and in creating jobs.

When asked about the major challenges for development, citizens prioritised key Sustainable Development Goals in the following order: education, peace and security, water and sanitation, health, food security and agriculture, economic growth and employment and human rights.