A comparative Eurobarometer survey on citizens’ ‘perceptions and expectations’, conducted for the European Parliament in 2016 and 2018, shows that the share of European citizens who would like the EU to intervene more in the field of economic policy have grown from 52 % in 2016 to 58 % in 2018. The variation in opinions across Member States is significant, however.
The strongest support for increased EU economic policy involvement is recorded in Cyprus (86 %), Spain (84 %), and Romania (79 %). The weakest support for increased EU action in economic policy is registered in Denmark (31 %) and Sweden (34 %), although both of these countries show an increase in the share of citizens who want more EU intervention. In Denmark, the increase is four percentage points and in Sweden two percentage points.