Support for EU membership

  • 8 out of 10 Flemish inhabitants support membership of the European Union

    In 2020, as in previous years, the European Union (EU) could count on considerable support from the population in the Flemish Region. More than 8 out of 10 inhabitants think it is a good thing that Belgium is part of the European Union. That is the highest share since 2005.

     

    The last years the support for EU membership has been fluctuating in the Flemish Region. In 2020, 13% of the inhabitants did not have a pronounced opinion on EU membership. 4% considered EU membership to be a bad thing. The latter share has fluctuated between 4% and 10% since 2005.

  • Support for EU membership in Flemish Region higher than European average

    In 2020, support for EU membership was higher in the Flemish Region than in the Walloon Region. 83% of the Flemish inhabitants considered membership of the European Union to be a good thing, while in Wallonia this stood at 77%.

    The support for EU membership was also higher in the Flemish Region than in most EU countries. Generally speaking, in 2020, 6 out of 10 inhabitants of the EU countries considered membership to be a good thing. There were considerable differences between the Member States. In Ireland, Luxembourg and Germany, more than 8 out of 10 inhabitants were in favour of membership. In Austria and Italy, the proportion in favour was lowest: around 4 out of 10 inhabitants.

     

    In 2020, 4% of the inhabitants of the Flemish Region thought EU membership was a bad thing. That was slightly less than in the Walloon Region (5%). In the EU27 countries, on average 9% of the population considered membership of the EU to be a bad thing. In Portugal that share was the lowest (2%), in Romania (19%) the highest.

Sources

European Commission: Eurobarometer 
GESIS: Eurobarometer 

Publication date

7 October 2021

Next update

September 2022

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