Support for EU membership
Three quarters of Flemish people support membership of the European Union
In 2018, as in previous years, the European Union (EU) was able to count on considerable support from the Flemish population. More than three quarters of the people of Flanders think it is a good thing that Belgium is part of the European Union. Between 2007 and 2011, support for EU membership declined slightly. In subsequent years, support increased again to a level similar to that in 2007. In 2018, slightly fewer than 1 in 5 inhabitants of Flanders had a pronounced opinion on EU membership. 6% think that Belgium's membership of the EU is a bad thing. That percentage has declined since 2011.
People of Flanders more positive about EU membership than average European
Support for EU membership is significantly higher in the Flemish Region than in the Walloon Region. 8 out of 10 Flemish citizens consider membership of the European Union to be a good thing, while in Wallonia, this figure is fewer than 6 out of 10.
The support for EU membership is higher in Flanders than in most EU countries. Generally speaking, 62% of the population of the EU-countries consider membership a good thing. There are considerable differences between the Member States. In Ireland, Luxembourg and Germany, more than 8 out of 10 inhabitants are in favour of membership. In the Czech Republic and Italy, the proportion of those in favour is lowest: around 4 out of 10 people.
6% of the inhabitants of Flanders think EU membership is a bad thing. That is less than in the Walloon Region (14%). In the European Union as a whole, on average 11% of the population think membership of the EU is a bad thing. In Luxembourg that share is the lowest (3%), in the United Kingdom (23%) the highest.