Back in 2016, almost two thirds of EU citizens surveyed evaluated current EU involvement as insufficient (61 %). Today, this share of unsatisfied citizens has dropped to 50 %. Similarly, the share of citizens who evaluate the current EU involvement as adequate has grown from 26 % in 2016 to 35 % in 2018, which is an improvement of nine percentage points. Together with the fight against terrorism, protection of the external borders is the policy area that demonstrates the most significant improvement in citizens’ evaluation of the EU’s performance.
This trend of improved evaluation of the European involvement in protecting its external borders is shared by citizens of all EU Member States. The most significant improvement is registered in Poland (an increase of 20 percentage points) and Bulgaria (an increase of 18 percentage points). The increase is least significant in Germany and Cyprus (only a three percentage point increase in each of those countries).