Belgians are interested in European elections

Belgians are more interested in the European Parliament elections than citizens in other EU member states. 54 percent of the Belgians are interested in European elections, compared to an EU-wide average of 46 percent. This has been revealed by a large-scale study.
54 percent of the Belgians polled said they were 'interested' to 'very interested' in the European elections. The EU-wide average is 46 percent. The results of a large-scale poll of 15,000 people in the 27 EU member states were presented in Paris on Monday.
The highest scores for interest in the European Parliament elections are for Luxembourg (68%), Malta (59%) and Ireland (58%). The Netherlands is in fourth place with 57 percent of those polled saying they were interested in the EU elections. Belgium shares a fifth place together with the French.

The poll also shows the concerns of the citizens in the different member states. The Belgians think that Europe should invest mostly in the social system and structure of Europe, employment and education. Citizens of other countries had stronger feelings that 'Europe' should stimulate economic growth as well.

According to the four study agencies that commissioned the survey (the Fondation pour l'Innovation Politique in Paris, the Center for European Studies and the Robert Schuman Foundation in Brussel, and the German Konrad Adenauer Stichting) this is the largest voters poll carried out up until now.