81% of the Maltese feel European

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013, 17:26

 

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According to the latest Eurobarometer survey results published today, 81% of the Maltese feel ‘European’ and want to know more about their rights. The EU-average is six out of ten citizens, but less than half (46%) know what these rights are.

These results come during the 2013 European Year of Citizens – a year dedicated to improving awareness about the rights of European citizens.

Today's results also show that Europeans see their rights as EU citizens as the most positive result from the EU – almost six in ten people identify the free movement of people, goods and services as the EU's most positive result.

Despite the crisis, those saying they are optimistic about the EU's future outnumber those who say they are pessimistic in 19 out of 28 countries, while pessimism about the impact of the crisis on jobs appears to be receding. Almost seven in ten Europeans (67%), with a majority in all Member States, say that the EU's voice counts in the world.

An absolute majority (51%) of Europeans are in favour of the euro, with those living within the Euro area supporting the single currency with a two-thirds majority (62%). This support is at or near its strongest (between 68% and 77%) in four out of the last five countries to join the Euro area (Estonia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia).

 

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