We are the only group in the European Parliament that believes the EU should decentralise power back to national capitals, town halls or to families and individuals.
Other political groups in the European Parliament either stand for ‘More Europe’ or ‘No Europe’. We believe that it is possible to have a ‘Better Europe’.
We were created in 2009 to bring about major reform of the EU based on Eurorealism, a decentralisation of powers, more openness and a focus on supporting Europe’s economic growth.
We promote principles like open markets, lower tax, the transatlantic alliance and the family.
As the third largest group in the European Parliament we believe the right future for Europe is neither break-up nor superstate. We put forward and alternative agenda for the EU to bring together all MEPs who believe the EU cannot go on as it is and needs to change.
Our ideals are based on Eurorealism which distinguishes our agenda from the other political groups in the European Parliament. We do not look at each issue asking whether it will further EU integration, or promote Eu breakup. We look at each issue asking whether it will help people that we represent in a practical everyday manner.
Our ideals are not based on dogma but common sense, which is why we want an EU that is more flexible, that listens more to people and respects the wishes of its Member States.
We believe in a new direction for the EU.
The ECR becoming the 3rd largest group in the European Parliament and the success of our member parties in elections across Europe show that our calls for reform are resonating with the growing skepticism of European voters across the continent.
The current policies and structures of the European Union, largely designed to meet the needs of the 1950s, make it unfit to meet the challenges of the 2050s. This must change.
Europe needs a fresh approach. It needs new policies to modernise the economy so its industries and business can be competitive in the global marketplace. It needs reform so it is able to generate jobs and prosperity in the century ahead.