11 Jun 2012

Europeans still back foreign aid spending despite economic crisis - survey

3:12 pm on 11 June 2012

Public support for humanitarian aid has gone up in the European Union in spite of the economic crisis.

This is one of the key findings of the latest Eurobarometer survey on humanitarian aid and civil protection.

Nine out of 10 citizens believe it is important for the European Union to continue funding humanitarian aid, a rise of nine percentage points since the last survey two years ago.

In a statement the EU says almost as many, 84 percent, support maintaining humanitarian aid funding in spite of the current economic crisis and pressures on public finances.

The EU will this week hold talks in Vanuatu with the African Caribbean and Pacific group of nations to which it provides aid.