Eurobarometer survey: Many EU citizens have payment problems

Status: 01/12/2023 09:11 a.m

The prices are rising rapidly. According to a survey commissioned by the EU Parliament, almost 40 percent of EU citizens are struggling with payment problems. Almost every second person is already complaining about a reduced standard of living.

By Stephan Ueberbach, ARD Studio Brussels

Rising energy and food prices are a growing concern for the citizens of the European Union. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament, nine out of ten respondents find the high cost of living worrying. Only every third citizen is satisfied with the national and European aid packages.

The consequences of the Ukraine war and the corona pandemic are now making themselves felt financially. Almost half of the EU population say their standard of living has already fallen as a result of the crises. Almost 40 percent “mostly” or “sometimes” struggle with payment difficulties, nine percent more than a year ago.

Worries are greatest in the south and east of the European Union. Combating poverty and social exclusion, public health and climate change are identified as important issues for the EU to address.

Majority welcomes EU membership

Two-thirds of those surveyed consider their country’s membership of the EU to be a good thing. However, opinions in the individual states differ widely. With 40 percent approval, Austria is well below the European average, Germany with 70 percent just above it.

Around 27,000 citizens in all member states of the European Union were interviewed for the Eurobarometer survey in October and November last year.

Rising prices: EU citizens increasingly concerned and dissatisfied with aid packages

Stephan Ueberbach, SWR Brussels, 12.1.2023 9:18 a.m

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