Published: Mon, 08 August 2016
“A huge majority (85 percent) of Irish people recognise the value of unity between EU citizens, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll,” Seán Kelly MEP has confirmed.
“85pc of Irish people think that what brings them together is more important than what separates them. That’s even higher than the European average of 74 pc, according to the special Eurobarometer poll by the European Parliament conducted across the 28 Member States in April of this year by TNS opinion.”
The survey also highlighted areas where Europeans most want the EU to take more action on including counter-terrorism, migration and unemployment:
“On the fight against terrorism, 69pc consider EU action to be insufficient and 82pc would like to see the EU take more action. In particular, those surveyed said the Union could do more to counter the financing of terrorist groups, and to prevent radicalisation of youth online, by the removal of illegal content online, and also in our communities.
“Communication campaigns are needed across Europe to raise awareness of the dangers of radicalisation. Those are key actions that I and the European grouping to which Fine Gael is aligned fully support,” Mr Kelly added.
“77pc of respondents asked for more EU action on unemployment. On the issue of migration, 74pc want more EU action and a similar number said the EU needs to take more action to protect our external borders,” MEP Kelly noted.