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According to the latest Special Eurobarometer survey, attititudes towards the European Union (EU) remain positive and broadly stable; with 79% of respondents in Luxembourg consider EU is a place of stability in a troubled world.

For 31% of Luxembourg respondents, the EU's respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law are the main asset of the EU today, followed by the standard of living of citizens of the EU (25%) and solidarity between Member States (22%).

A very large majority of respondents are of the opinion that being part of the EU is a good thing for Luxembourg (89%). This opinion is particularly pronounced among young people aged 15-24 (96%) and those who are still students (94%). At the same time, 50% of respondents in Luxembourg say they are quite in favor of the EU, but not the way it works today. Therefore, 91% of respondents think that the voice of EU citizens should be taken more into account in decisions concerning the future of Europe and almost 90% think that there is still a lot to be done. to strengthen and protect democracy in the EU.

For 35% of respondents in Luxembourg, stronger solidarity between Member States is one of the two most useful elements for the future of Europe. In the long term, the majority of respondents in Luxembourg would prefer more decisions to be taken at EU level than today.

Across EU, the survey reveals overwhelming support for the environmental objectives of the European Green Deal; nine out of ten young Europeans (15 to 24-years old) agree that tackling climate change can help improve their health and their well-being.

According to the Eurobarometer, 88% of Europeans consider it important to increase the share of renewable energies in our economy and to achieve greater energy efficiency, while 80% agree on the importance of make Europe the first continent to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and encourage the development of the market for low- or zero-emission vehicles.

Among the other future issues of planetary scope mentioned by those questioned are health (cited by 34% of them), as well as migration and forced displacement (these are mentioned by 30% of them).

According to the survey, European citizens remain interested in contributing to and participating in the conference on the future of Europe, and cite the benefits of the key role reserved for young people in the context of the conference, as well as their determination to ensure that the Europe of tomorrow is better suited to the challenges of today's society.

The Special Eurobarometer also reveals that 81% of people questioned say they are happy to live in the EU, while 68% of Europeans agree that the European Union is a haven of stability in a world in crisis.

The Special Eurobarometer "Future of Europe" (EB517) was conducted as a joint survey by the European Commission and the European Parliament through face-to-face interviews between 16 September and the 17 October 2021 in the 27 EU Member States. A total of 26,530 interviews were conducted in the EU27 Member States of which, 506 interviews were conducted in Luxembourg.