The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee deals with institutional and constitutional matters, such as treaty reform and the rules of procedure.
ECR MEPs have fought tirelessly to scrap meetings of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, which waste around €160 million each year. ECR MEP Ashley Fox was the author of a report which committed the European Parliament to changing the Treaties, to stop the outdated and inefficient use of two largely identical Parliaments separated by 220 miles. Despite the emotional arguments made by French MEPs, the ECR has been able to convince a large majority in the Parliament that the monthly jaunts to Strasbourg represent an attack on the environment, an insult to the taxpayer, and an affront to common sense.
After successfully introducing changes to the Rules of Procedure aimed at improving the democratic scrutiny and transparency of Members of the Parliament to their voters, ECR members continue their work to improve the Rules of Procedure. Advocating openness and transparency, the ECR received the strong support of all political groups except the EPP to amend Rule 117 on the election of the President of the Commission by open ballot.
The ECR believes that the EU must be reformed, stopping the steady creep of powers to Brussels and transforming an overly bureaucratic institution which is locked in a decades-old mindset. Instead the ECR fights for a leaner, trade-focused European Union which provides value for money and greater prosperity for all European citizens. The ECR resists plans for the EU to acquire additional powers, particularly in the areas of foreign policy and defence.