Belgians are interested in European elections

22nd May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Belgians are more interested in the European Parliament elections than citizens in other EU member states.

54 percent of Belgians are interested in European elections, compared to an EU-wide average of 46 percent, according to wide-ranging study.

54 percent of Belgians polled said they were 'interested' to 'very interested' in the European elections. The results of a large-scale poll of 15,000 people in the 27 EU member states were presented this week in Paris.

The highest scores for interest in the European Parliament elections are for Luxembourg (68%), Malta (59%) and Ireland (58%). The Netherlands is in fourth place with 57 percent of those polled. Belgium shares fifth place with France.

The poll also shows the concerns of the citizens in the different member states. The Belgians think that Europe should invest mostly in the social system and structure of Europe, employment and education. Citizens of other countries had stronger feelings that 'Europe' should stimulate economic growth as well.

According to the four study agencies that commissioned the survey (La Fondation pour l'Innovation Politique in Paris, the Center for European Studies, the Robert Schuman Foundation in Brussels, and the German Konrad Adenauer Stichting) this is the largest voters poll carried to date.

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