Two Eurobarometer reports were published early June by the European Commission. According to them, 71% of EU citizens agree that collaborative research at EU level is growing in importance and 59% consider that the EU should spend more money on scientific research. 64% of Europeans agree that our economy can become more competitive only by applying the most advanced technologies. The same proportion acknowledges the role science and technology play today in industrial development. The survey supports the perception that US is more advanced than Europe in research, with only 12% of those questioned thinking that Europe is ahead of the US.

Research at EU level is widely seen as creative and effective, and a large majority consider that European countries should cooperate more with each other. Regarding science and technology decision-making, 73% of EU citizens want politicians to rely more on the advice of expert scientists. European citizens show great trust in science and technology. 87% agree that science and technology have improved their quality of life and 77% believe they will continue to do so for future generations.

Some critical messages also come out of the surveys:
• 54% of Europeans consider that food made from genetically modified organisms is dangerous;
• People see also negative impacts, e.g. on environment and employment.
• Europeans feel badly informed and not very involved in science and technology issues.
• There is also some criticism of the way scientists’ explain their achievements and handle information towards the public.

The reports contain the results of a survey carried out in 32 European countries (EU-25 plus Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland)

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