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Survey: young Europeans call for further integration to tackle the crisis


26 March 2012

A new survey by FutureLab Europe shows that many young Europeans believe more integration, not less, is the answer to the current economic and political crisis. FutureLab Europe is a new pan-European think-tank made up of young professionals who want to play an active part in shaping the future direction of Europe.

In the survey, which was carried out among 593 young Europeans in January 2012, 45% of those questioned said radical measures, such as European economic government or Eurobonds, are needed to put Europe back on track.

Asked about the role citizens can play in building a new Europe, 54% said there should be a modern platform where European citizens can post their suggestions or petitions to the European Commission and/or the European Parliament.

In a sign that young Europeans may feel a stronger sense of European identity than older generations, 56% of interviewees said they would choose a European passport over a national or regional one.

The findings are contained in a report, 'One passport, one people? The role of democratic citizenship in building a new Europe', which will be presented to Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, at a conference in Brussels this afternoon. Malmström will respond to the report before debating its conclusions and recommendations with the participants.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Malmström said: "As Europe emerges from the acute crisis it is even more urgent than ever that European policy makers engage in a true dialogue with the citizens about the future of the European Union."

FutureLab Europe is a project of the European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship, affiliated to the Network of European Foundations and initiated by the Körber Foundation. It is operated by the European Policy Centre.

 

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