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EU residents believe European authorities should be more involved in certain areas

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to results of European Parliament’s Eurobarometer study, published eight weeks prior to elections in EU, residents believe European authorities should be more involved in certain matters. Priorities include terrorism threats, unemployment and environmental protection.

Citizens expect higher activity from EU

European Parliament’s press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota says respondents were asked if there should be more or less involvement of EU authorities in fifteen provided fields – from economic policy and migration to gender equality. Most respondents (more than 50%) said they definitely expect more involvement from EU in several fields.

Fights against terrorism, unemployment, environment protection – three fields in which three-quarters of respondents expect more active involvement from EU in the future.

EU activities: changes with residents’ views on priorities

In relation to the main priorities – terrorism, migration and unemployment – the majority of European residents believe European Union does not perform sufficient measures in these fields. At the same time, the overall residents’ satisfaction with EU authorities’ activities continues increasing, Znotiņa-Znota says.

Fight against terrorism: 32% of respondents believe EU’s activities in this field are sufficient. This index has been on a rise since April 2016, when 26% of respondents were satisfied. Still, 57% of respondents believe EU authorities do not do enough to combat terrorism (69% in April 2016);

Unemployment: 29% of respondents believe EU authorities’ measures in this field are sufficient (23% in April 2016), whereas 59% of respondents believe EU has yet to employ decisive measures (69% in April 2016);

Migration: 26% of respondents believe EU does enough to control this problem (19% in April 2016), whereas 58% believe EU does not have the situation under control (66% in April 2016).

In relation to other fields – gender equality, energy supply, industrial policy and agriculture – the number of Europeans that believe the European Union does enough to keep things under control is larger than the number of those who believe EU’s control is lacking, the parliament notes.

Study results differ in every member state. In relation to fight against unemployment, 27% of Czech citizens believe EU’s employed measures are insufficient. 97% of Greek respondents agree, as well.

European Parliament notes that the majority of residents in Latvia still believe European Union’s undertaken measures are insufficient in multiple fields. Approximately six out of ten respondents in Latvia believe EU does not do enough in the following fields: health and social security (63%), unemployment combating (61%), fight against tax fraud (60%). Approximately one out of two respondents believe EU’s measures are insufficient in fields like agriculture (52%), migration combating (48%) and fight against terrorism (48%).

Latvian residents expect EU to be more actively involved in resolution of problems in fields like health and social security (76%), fight against tax fraud (75%), unemployment combating (72%) and fight against terrorism (70%).

Compared to 2016, Latvian residents expect more involvement from EU in the following fields:

Energy supply and energy security – 53% (41% in 2016);

Gender equality – 37% (28% in 2016);

Environment protection – 59% (50% in 2016).

Although most of Latvia’s residents still believe EU authorities’ actions are insufficient, the total number of respondents who support his opinion has reduced in comparison to results of last year’s survey.

Results of the survey in Latvia show that men, young people aged 15 to 24 and students support EU’s accomplishments in recent years.

EU member states should cooperate more closely in foreign affairs matters

A definite majority of Europeans want EU member states to cooperate with one another more closely and act in a coordinated manner on the international arena. Approximately seven out of ten respondents believe close cooperation of EU member states would serve as an appropriate response to the growing influence of Russia (71%) and China (71%), continued instability in the Arab world (71%) and Donald Trump’s presidency in USA (68%).

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