Most Europeans support aiding developing countries

  • 2012-10-17

RIGA - 85 percent of Europeans think that, despite the crisis, it is important to help people in developing countries, according to a survey carried out by the European Commission's social research center Eurobarometer.

In Latvia 80 percent believe that it is important to aid people in developing countries.

More than six out of ten Europeans think that aid to developing countries should be increased. 49percent of Europeans and 53 percent of Latvians point out that current commitments to increase aid should be kept, and a further 12percent believe that aid should be increased above what has already been promised, informs LETA.

55 percent Europeans and 51percent Latvians believe that rapidly growing emerging economies should not continue to receive aid, even if part of their population still lives in poverty.

18 percent believe that aid should be reduced, since Europe can no longer afford it.

Most Europeans – 61percent – and Latvians think that the EU should prioritize aid to countries in fragile situations caused, for example, by conflict or natural disasters.