Six Belgians in ten say they would be willing to pay more for food that comes from developing countries, to help the people that live there. This comes from a “eurostudy” done throughout the EU. This percentage is higher than the European average (49%). The European Union has made 2015 the year of development. According to the opinion poll, 67% of Europeans think development aid should be increased. Apart from Bulgarians, the majority of people asked agree, whichever country in the EU they come from.
Along with other Europeans, a large majority of Belgians (71%) think voluntary work with an organization is the most effective way to help developing countries. It ranks above official State aid (62%) and donations to organizations (59%).
In 2013, the EU and its member States gave 56.3 billion euros of aid, more than half of what is given worldwide.
The study involved 28,050 people, 1,003 of whom were Belgian.