The European Commission conducted a report called the Flash Eurobarometer to assess the attitudes of European Union member states toward EU Regional policy. According to data from the Flash Eurobarometer, member states have increased awareness through televised media and view the policy as having positive and stable impact, yet having extremely low benefit to regional life. The Eurobarometer also discovered that few member states are aware of cross collaboration and cooperation within the European Regional policy.
Overall, the survey concluded that most member states understand the EU Regional policy as an entity with perceived positive impact. For perceived impact of support, the survey gathered that most, (78%), of the respondents believe that the EU Regional Policy has had positive and stable impact while less than one in ten respondents think it has been negative (8%) and (7%) declare that there has been absolutely no impact. In Italy, (20%) think this support has had a negative impact on the development of their city or region, less in France with (11%) and Belgium, Romania and Spain (all 9%). More than one in ten respondents spontaneously say that these projects have absolutely no impact on development in their city or region in Italy (23%), Denmark (16%), Belgium (12%) and Croatia (11%).
Respondents who have benefited in their daily life from a project funded by the EU Regional development fund, although slightly increased (from 21% to 24%), still remain quite low. Respondents who say that have not benefited in their daily life from a project funded by the EU Regional development fund remain, although slightly decreased (74%) to now (70%), remain very high. Most respondents have never heard of an EU co-financing project improving a local area in which they live. Of the respondents asked in the 2017 Flash Eurobarometer, (63%) of them say that they have not heard of such projects, while (35%) say that they have heard of such projects.
Respondents referenced television as their primary way of getting access to information on EU Regional Policy. The study found that television remains the most common source of information on EU co-financed projects, with (51%) of respondents referencing that television is their most common sort of EU co-financing projects and (26%) of respondents, television if their primary source of information on EU regional policy.
The Flash Eurobarometer survey also found that few member states are aware of the promotion of cross collaboration and cooperation, but majority of respondents surveyed are aware of entities like the European Solidarity Fund to sponsor environmental disasters. The survey reports that only (22%) respondents were aware of the cooperation between regions in different countries on EU Regional Policy. (14%) or more than than a tenth of respondents are aware of a strategy to promote cooperation between countries around the Baltic Sea. In addition, (59%) know the existence of a European Solidarity Fund to respond to natural disasters.
The Flash Eurobarometer is based on three previous surveys: Flash Eurobarometer 423 (FL423), study of June 2015; the FL298, study of June 20102; and the FL3843, study of September 2013, which it adds questions to. The survey gages whether respondents have heard of EU co-financed projects and then measures whether they believe the projects have had negative or positive impact. In addition, the survey assesses perceptions of other related EU Regional Policy entities.