Regional and Local Barometer 

​​​​​​​​​​In the 27 Member States of the European Union, there are more than one million politicians elected at the subnational level. These local politicians represent a highly diverse set of constituencies at various levels of government, including federal states, regions, provinces, counties, districts or municipalities. The Eurobarometer Flash survey provides an important platform for local politicians in the EU to share their opinion on Europe's challenges and priorities.

The answers reveal what local politicians would prioritise at the EU level, how aware they are of EU-wide initiatives and of EU funding opportunities, what they think of the future of Europe, and what their responses are to the emergency created by the war in Ukraine. 


Main findin​gs 

  • 76% of local politicians said that their regional or local authority receives refugees from Ukraine and at least half of respondents said that their regional or local authority sends material aid to Ukraine
  • Two out of four respondents said that the most effective way to rebuild Ukraine is to involve EU regions in the plan of reconstruction
  • 88% of local politicians interviewed totally agreed or tended to agree that “cohesion" should be among the key values of the European Union; this number ranged from 68% in Finland to 100% in Portugal.
  • When asked about the added value of cohesion policy, compared to other funding streams (national or regional), over six in ten respondents said that cohesion funds were used to support specific types of projects (62%). Close to one in three local politicians said that cohesion funding was used to integrate EU policy into strategies developed at the regional level (31%) while around one in five respondents said that it supports partnership among actors at all institutional levels (20%) and the stability of financing over the long term (16%).
  • Regarding the awareness of any EU funding (under Cohesion Policy or NextGenerationEU) received by their city or region in the past two years, 35% of local politicians said that they are aware of any EU funding
  • One in ten of respondents stated that they were either fully involved (1%) or partially involved (9%) in the drafting of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans
  • 51% respondents said that the key objectives of EU funding should be supporting the green transition of the economy
  • 77% of respondents said that the social and economic impact of the war requires adapting EU policies and funding
  • 89% of respondents agree that regions and cities should have more influence on the future of the European Union
  • ​More than six in ten respondents (65%) said that regions and cities can be most effectively involved in the debate on the Future of Europe by ensuring a continuous debate on the topic at the regional and local level

​The 'Local politicians of the EU and the future of Europe' survey was conducted by IPSOS. Between 25 July and 11 September 2022, 2698 interviews were completed with local and regional politicians in the EU. It complements the findings of the EU 2022 Annual Report on the state of regions and cities released by the European Committee of the Regions.​


National Factsheets

  1. Austria

  2. Belgium

  3. Bulgaria

  4. Croatia

  5. Cyprus

  6. Czech Republic

  7. Denmark

  8. Estonia

  9. Finland

  10. France

  11. Germany

  12. Greece

  13. Hungary

  14. Ireland

  15. Italy

  16. Latvia

  17. Lithuania

  18. Luxembourg

  19. Malta

  20. Netherlands

  21. Poland

  22. Portugal

  23. Romania

  24. Slovakia

  25. Slovenia

  26. Spain

  27. Sweden

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