Forty-four per cent of Europeans believe that climate change should be a priority topic at the Conference on the Future of Europe, according to a new Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

The survey, conducted last September and October, reveals that 44% of European citizens believe that the main topic addressed by the conference should be climate change and the environment, while 40% indicate health, economy, social justice and employment.

Some 59% of citizens believe that polls are the best way to participate in the work of the conference, while 46% said that there were willing to participate in meetings organised in their area. Another 43% of Europeans also called for greater involvement of young people in the process.

An overwhelming 90% of the citizens polled said their voices should be heard more in decisions about the future of Europe. Eighty-seven per cent agreed that tackling climate change would help improve their lives and health. This percentage rises to 91% among 15-24-year-olds.

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