A Flash Eurobarometer survey on European Union citizenship (No 213), commissioned by the European Commission, asked citizens of the EU to clarify how familiar they are with their status as an EU citizen, and the various rights they possess through this second “nationality”.
The survey’s fieldwork was carried out between 14 and 18 November 2007. Over 27000 randomly selected citizens aged 15 years and above were interviewed in the 27 Member States of the European Union. Interviews were predominantly carried out via fixed telephone, approximately 1000 in each country. Part of the interviews in Finland and Austria were carried out over mobile telephones. Due to the relatively low fixed telephone coverage in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, we sampled and interviewed 300 persons face to face as well.
Among main findings:
Although the majority (78%) of EU citizens claim familiarity with the term “citizen of the European Union”, only 41% say they know its meaning and less than one-third (31%) of respondents from the 27 EU countries consider themselves well informed about their rights as citizens of the European Union.
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