A comparative Eurobarometer survey on citizens’ ‘perceptions and expectations’, conducted for the European Parliament in 2016 and 2018, shows that the share of EU citizens who would like the EU to intervene more in the fight against tax fraud has remained almost unchanged – a marginal fall of one percentage point, from 75 % to 74 %. It also remains amongst the policy areas with strongest support for increased EU intervention, but has slipped from the third strongest for expectations of increased EU intervention (after the fight against terrorism, and against unemployment) to fourth place (due to the increased importance EU citizens attach to environmental protection).
There are differences across Member States. The strongest support for increased EU action is registered in Portugal (91 %), and Spain (89 %). The weakest support for more EU action is expressed by citizens in Estonia and Austria (52 % in each). Despite the differences, a majority of citizens in every Member State see it as necessary for the EU to step up its involvement with fighting tax fraud.