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Terrorism and Crime considered main areas for international cooperation between the EU and its neighbours

London (UK), December 7, 2006 – European citizens consider Terrorism (62 percent) and Crime (59 %) as the two most important areas in which specific relationships should be developed with neighbouring countries, according to the findings of the Special Eurobarometer survey conducted by TNS Opinion between 5 May and 11 June 2006 for the European Commission.

The survey, which interviews nearly 30,000 people across the 25 Member States, the two acceding countries, the two candidate countries and the Turkish Cypriot Community, shows that interviewees attach enormous significance to cooperation with countries bordering the EU on subjects as terrorism (62 percent) and crime (59 percent), followed by democracy (51 percent), environment (48 percent) and energy (47 percent).

Other possible fields of relationships like education and training, research and innovation and immigration are regarded as very important by four out of ten respondents, whilst three in ten share this view about research and innovation.

At a country level, on most issues Hungarians, Poles and Slovenians support specific relations with neighbouring countries of the EU more strongly than respondents in other countries. Conversely, French, Finn and Austrian interviewees tend to be more sceptical about certain areas of cooperation.

Finally, more proportions of respondents, deeply convinced of the importance of terrorism as a field for cooperation with neighbouring countries can be found in the UK (very + fairly important: 75 percent), Denmark (73 percent), Cyprus (73 percent) and Sweden (73 percent). Meanwhile, considerable percentages of Swedish (75 percent), Cypriots (73 percent) and Bulgarians (72 percent) attach particular importance to cooperation in the fight against crime.

Marita Carballo, Global Head of TNS Polling & Social, comments: “As globalization develops new and more complex relations between countries, majority of Europeans think that the EU should strengthen the cooperation with its neighbours on areas perceived as specific threats to personal security such as terrorism and crime. Other politic and economic subjects like democracy, respect to environment and energy remain areas of concern and should not be neglected.”

About TNS Polling & Social Facts and Figures:

The Special Eurobarometer report was posted at the following website in November 2006:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/ecomm/info_centre/documentation/studies_ext_consult/index_en.htm

The European Commission has made data from this report available to relevant media since it was first published. To the best of our knowledge, the findings in the attached press release have not been released.

These findings are based on TNS Opinion research conducted between May and June 2006. All data discussed in the above announcement is based on the opinions of those surveyed. TNS will only support data which is published, in the context we have presented it and our own interpretation of these findings. We cannot be held responsible for any other interpretation.

As a leading information provider, TNS wants to cast new light on currently debated topics presenting data collected on a European or International basis. TNS Polling & Social Facts & Figures will be published twice a month.

Methodological background:

Fieldwork: 5th of May 2006 to the 11th of June 2006
Number of interviews conducted: 29,355 persons interviewed face-to-face in the 25 Member States of the EU, the two acceding countries (Bulgaria and Romania), the two candidate countries (Croatia and Turkey) and the non-government controlled area of Cyprus.

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For more information and detailed results on a country-by-country basis, please contact:

Marita Carballo, Global Head of TNS Polling & Social
Tel: +44 (0) 7739 856 902 or email: marita.carballo@tns-global.com

Leendert de Voogd, Managing Director, TNS Opinion
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