Awareness of the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund
Half the respondents have heard of at least one of the two EU development funds mentioned, and nearly a fifth have heard of both – Respondents were then asked whether they have heard of two EU funds – the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund.
Half the respondents (50%) have heard of at least one of the funds. Close to three in ten (28%) know of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and less than one in twenty respondents
(4%) have heard of the Cohesion Fund. Almost one in five respondents (18%) have heard of both the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund and just under half of the respondents (49%) say that they have never heard of either. These results have remained relatively stable since September 2013.
Public awareness of the two funds varies considerably between Member States. Respondents in Croatia (59%), the Czech Republic (50%) and Bulgaria (46%) are the most likely to be aware of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), while those in Estonia (12%), and Slovenia, Spain and Belgium (all 16%) are the least likely to. Very few respondents in any country have only heard of the Cohesion Fund, with the exception of Spain, where over one in ten people (12%) have done so.
In most Member States, only a minority of respondents are aware of the existence of both funds. However, in two countries a majority of respondents have heard of both: Slovenia, where over six in ten (63%) of those interviewed give this response, and Estonia, where over half do so (58%).
source: Eurobarometer 452