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10-12-2019

Eurobarometer: Irish citizens want more action from the European Parliament

The newly released Eurobarometer shows that Irish people are demanding more action from the European Parliament on key policy issues such as higher education and economic growth while also emphsising values the Parliament should promote such as the protection of human rights worldwide.

A few months after the European Elections, Parliament’s autumn Eurobarometer survey, the Parlemeter 2019, shows citizens’ support for membership of the European Union settling on a high level. Nearly six in ten Europeans continue to be in favour of their country’s EU membership. Irish citizens again lead the way with 81% of people believing that EU membership is a good thing.

Irish citizens also believe more strongly than their other European counterparts that the European Parliament should prioritise gender equality; freedom of speech and the protection of minorities.

European citizens specifically want a stronger European Parliament, as 58% of respondents in the EU as a whole and 60% of Irish respondents call for a more influential Parliament in the future. This is a plus of 7 percentage points since spring 2019 and the highest result for this question since 2007.

Interestingly, the Irish (74%), Swedes (71%) and Cypriots (70%) are most convinced that the youth led protests will lead to political measures being taken at EU level, compared to 42% of Czechs and 47% of UK citizens. The survey also asked respondents which environmental concern is the most pressing. An absolute majority of Europeans (52%) believe that it is climate change comparing with 59% of Irish respondents.

Summary of Irish results
Eurobarometer: Youth activism making a difference
Full European Results
Eurobarometer: protecting human rights tops citizens’ list of EU values