The most optimistic Maltese in the EU on the economy
The Maltese are the most optimistic about their country’s economic prospects in an otherwise bleak European outlook, according to a Eurobarometer survey.
Malta is the only EU state where a relative majority expect their country’s economic situation to improve over the next 12 months.
While 47% of Maltese expect the economic situation to improve, only 25% expect the situation to worsen.
The survey interviews were conducted in July before the announcement of public spending cuts in Malta. Additionally, Maltese consumers have been protected from rising energy and fuel prices through generous government subsidies.
In 25 EU Member States, a majority believe that the economic situation in their country will deteriorate over the next 12 months, with the highest levels of pessimism seen in Czechia (78%), Germany, Slovakia (70% each), the Netherlands (69%) and Sweden (68%).
At least a quarter of respondents in each country believe that their national economic situation will deteriorate over the next 12 months. Luxembourgers, where 44% expect the situation to remain the same, are the second most optimistic after the Maltese.
The survey also shows that 79% of Maltese have a positive view of the current economic situation in their country. This represents an increase of 19 percentage points from the winter survey.
Opinions on the current situation of the national economy vary considerably between Member States – from 85% in Luxembourg, who think the situation is good, to 8% in Greece, who think the same.
The majority of respondents in nine Member States (compared to 11 in winter) have a positive opinion, with the highest levels observed in Luxembourg (85%), Malta (79%) and Denmark (78%). Conversely, 8% of Greeks, 10% of Bulgarians and 16% of Spaniards have a positive view of the current economic situation in their country.
Trust in the EU is highest in Malta
The survey also shows that the Maltese are the most likely in Europe to trust the European Union.
Malta is one of 18 EU states where a majority of respondents say they trust the EU, with the highest levels seen in Malta (71%), Lithuania (69%), Portugal ( 68%), Denmark (65%) and Poland (64%).
The highest level of optimism about the future of the EU is seen in Ireland, Poland (83% each) and Malta (82%), followed by Denmark (78%), Lithuania (74 %), Spain and Luxembourg (71% each). ).
Maltese support military aid to Ukraine
The survey shows that a large majority of Maltese support the EU’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Significantly, 85% of Maltese support funding, supplying and delivering military equipment to Ukraine. 88% of Maltese support the imposition of economic sanctions on the Russian government and the complicity of companies and individuals, and 78% support banning public media such as Sputnik and Russia Today from broadcasting in the EU .
Malta was also one of 13 countries where support for a common defense and security policy among EU member states increased, with the largest increase seen in Sweden (75%, +17 percentage points) , Finland (78%, +8 pp), Poland (84%, +7 pp) and Malta (83%, +7 pp).
Of the various actions taken by the EU on energy policies, the Maltese are most likely to agree that “the EU should invest heavily in renewable energy, such as wind and solar energy “. Levels of agreement with investing in renewable energy are highest in Malta (97%), Cyprus (96%) and Denmark (95%) and lowest in Romania (71%) and Bulgaria (77%).
Maltese are also the most likely to be ready to reduce their own energy consumption given the current crisis. The proportions range from 92% in Malta, 86% in Ireland and 84% in Cyprus and Luxembourg to 56% in Bulgaria, 64% in Latvia and 65% in Romania.
- 47% of Maltese think the economy will do well over the next 12 months
- 79% of Maltese have a positive view of the current economic situation
- 71% of Maltese trust the EU
- 85% of Maltese support the financing, supply and delivery of military equipment to Ukraine
- 88% of Maltese support economic sanctions against Russian government officials
- 83% of Maltese support a common European defense and security policy
- 97% of Maltese agree that the EU should invest heavily in renewable energy