Slovenians below EU average in support for development coop
In Slovenia, the share stands at 77%, nine percentage points below the EU average and six points down from 2018, show the results of the survey, presented in Brussels today.
As many as 74% of the 1,011 Slovenians polled by Eurostat in June believe fighting poverty in developing countries is in the interest of the EU.
This is three points down from last year, while the average for the bloc, where a total of 27,464 people were polled, is 79%.
Seven in ten Slovenians, and Europeans, agree providing financial assistance to developing countries is an effective means of strengthening the EU's clout in the world.
That this also contributes to peace and equality in the world is maintained by 68% of Slovenians and by 75% of Europeans.
As many as 65% of Slovenians and 70% of Europeans believe fighting poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU's priorities.
The share of Slovenians who think this should be one of the Slovenian government's priorities has increased by nine points to 51%, the steepest rise in any EU member.
Slovenia's view on Africa is also below the EU's average; 62% as opposed to 75% in the entire EU think the bloc should enhance its partnership with this continent and increase financial investments to create jobs and facilitate sustainable development on both continents.
Less than two thirds or 64% of Slovenians agree providing financial assistance to developing countries is an effective way of addressing illegal migrations.
The figure is seven points above last year's, and the largest increase in any EU country. The EU average stands at 71%.
The Slovenian respondents find peace and security as the most pressing challenge for development countries. The share stands at 39%, down 11 points year on year.
At the EU level, the most pressing challenges are peace and security, and education, both at 33%.