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(13 September 2021) - In a new Eurobarometer survey published by the European Parliament, four out of five respondents (81%) say the EU should only provide funds to Member States that respect the rule of law and democratic values.

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The survey shows clear public support for transparency and effective control of EU funds disbursed in the framework of the NextGenerationEU programme. 53% of citizens fully agree that there must be effective control, with a further 32% tending to agree. Only 8% of respondents on EU average do not share this opinion.

Citizens assess the premise of the European Union’s 800 billion Euro recovery programme positively: Three out of five citizens (60%) believe the NextGenerationEU projects will help their country to overcome the economic and social damage brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

59% of citizens also say that the programme will help their country to be better prepared for future challenges.

In this light, the survey also shows 53% of European citizens have a positive image of the European Union, with only 19% having a fairly or very negative image.

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