This special Eurobarometer gauges Europeans' views on the future of development cooperation in a time of far-reaching changes; against the backdrop of the economic crisis and the Arab Spring, it is most timely to ask Europeans if they still believe in international solidarity and help. Europeans continue to regard helping the poor as a priority. 84% of respondents support development aid to help people across the world out of poverty. The majority of EU citizens (84%) also support a strong focus of EU aid on good governance and human rights in developing countries, a direction proposed by EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs in his recent policy proposal, 'Agenda for Change'. Europeans are also ready to actively participate in helping the poor – half of the EU citizens are willing to pay more for their daily shopping, if they know that this would benefit developing countries.
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Source: European Commission
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