Public support for the EU’s humanitarian aid has gone up in spite of the economic crisis, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey.
90% of European citizens believe that it is important for the EU to continue funding humanitarian aid, a rise of two percentage points since the previous survey in 2012. Almost as many, 85%, support humanitarian aid funding in spite of the economic crisis in Europe.
“The solidarity of Europeans gives hope to hundreds of millions of people around the world who need aid for their very survival amidst conflicts, displacement or natural disasters. I am proud of the strong support of our citizens for Europe’s humanitarian work: it drives our Union to keep being a force for good in this increasingly complex world,” said Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.
Europeans show increasing awareness about the EU’s humanitarian aid activities. According to the poll, 76% of them have general knowledge of the EU’s work in this area (compared to 68% in 2012). There is also strong awareness about the EU’s specific actions in response to big crises, such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and crises in Ukraine and Syria/Iraq.
Europeans chose the internet as their preferred source of information on humanitarian aid, followed by television and the press.
A large majority of respondents (84%) also supports EU Aid Volunteers, an initiative of sending volunteers to conduct humanitarian aid worldwide.
The special Eurobarometer survey on Humanitarian Aid (survey number 434) was carried out in the 28 EU Member States between 21 and 30 March 2015. Some 28 000 respondents were interviewed face-to-face about their perceptions of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid. More Eurobarometer results on humanitarian aid, as well as civil protection can be found on the Eurobarometer page.