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EU citizens are aware of the problems of climate change and believe that investments in economic recovery should go to the “green economy” because, among other things, it will contribute to innovation and thus improve the competitiveness of the Union, a new Eurobarometer survey showed.

Nine out of ten EU citizens consider climate change a serious problem, and eight out of ten respondents think it is a very serious problem, the European Commission announced.

When asked which is the most serious problem that the world is facing, 29% of the respondents singled out climate change, nature deterioration or health problems due to pollution.

A special study by the European Commission also showed that nine out of ten Europeans agree that the emission of greenhouse gases should be reduced to a minimum.

At the same time, 87 percent believe that the EU should set ambitious goals for increasing the use of renewable energy, and the same percentage believes that it is important for the EU to provide support for improving energy efficiency.

Presenting the results of the research, the Vice President of the European Commission for the European Green Agreement, Frans Timermans, pointed out that the support for climate actions is still great, despite the pandemic and economic difficulties.

The survey also showed that the majority (64%) of EU citizens are already taking individual actions in the fight against climate change.

81 percent also agree that clean energy should receive more public financial support, even when it leads to a reduction in fossil fuel subsidies.

Three-quarters of respondents believe that investment in economic recovery should generally go to the “new green economy”.

EU citizens agree that the fight against climate change means opportunities for them and for the European economy, and 78% think that the fight will lead to innovations that will make the EU economy more competitive.

Also, seven out of ten EU respondents agree that the damage from climate change is much greater than the investment needed for a green transition.

The survey included more than 26,000 citizens from 27 EU member states.

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