EPRS Admin By / October 8, 2018

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Support for greater EU financial means – changes by Member State, 2005-2015

Graph 4: Support for greater EU financial means – changes by Member State, 2005-2015

Graph 4 presents further details of the change in opinion over time in each Member State. Overall EU public opinion regarding an increase or decrease in the EU budget was almost unchanged at EU level between 2011 and 2015 (increasing from 36 % to 37 %). Despite that, there are some significant changes within certain Member States. They can be as significant as a 19 percentage point increase in support for greater EU financial means in Romania, to an 11 percentage point decrease in Belgium.
The changes in levels of support for greater EU financial means do not follow the same trend over time within many of the Member States. Only seven Member States show steady trends – a consistent trend of growth in support in Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, Hungary and Slovakia, and a consistent decrease in support in Greece.
The Member States with the greatest shift in support are Malta – 14 percentage point decrease between 2005 and 2011, and then a 19 percentage point increase between 2011 and 2015. The opposite shift is observed in Austria and Belgium – eight percentage point increase for the period 2005-2011 and around an 11 percentage point decrease for the 2011-2015 period. The data demonstrate that there needs to be further research on the factors that influence support for greater EU financial means in each Member State.


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