The crisis in the European Union has somewhat sidelined the issue of the environment. And yet according to Eurobarometer, the majority of Europeans consider that environmental protection is a more important objective than improving economic competitiveness.
The explanations of Nando Pagnoncelli of Ipsos Italy: “It is quite true that today in Europe, there is a strong concern for development and for the recovery of the economy. But it is also true that, in the current phase of economic gloom, there is a strong demand for social protection. This translates into a demand for additional rights and a better quality of life. "
Greece, Slovenia and Poland… In these three countries, for more than 90% of those questioned, the environment is as important as economic and social policies. The European average is 85%, which is to say that it is a general concern.