Annual EU survey shows Spaniards among most favorable toward increasing EU development aid

Spanish development aid packages awaiting shipment to Nepal. Photo: AECIID / El País
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• 78% of Spaniards support EU aid, 26% would like to see funding increase •

Spaniards are among the greatest supporters within European Union member states for providing EU foreign aid to developing countries, with 93 percent of Spaniards polled in an annual EU survey saying they think development aid provided by the EU is “important” in fighting poverty and overcoming underdevelopment worldwide.

According to the EU’s 2015 International Cooperation and Development Eurobarometer survey, Germans, Portuguese and Spaniards topped the rankings of those most in favor of EU development aid, while Swedes and Spaniards were were most in favor of using that funding specifically to fight poverty.

Nearly 80 percent Spaniards were in favor of using EU aid to fight poverty, well above the 69 percent average across the EU, while 26 percent of all Spaniards polled said they were in favor of increasing EU development aid budgets — higher than any other EU country except Romania and well above the EU-wide average of 16 percent in favor of greater EU spending on development aid.

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