The Prague Declaration


Principles of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Conscious of the urgent need to reform the EU on the basis of Eurorealism, Openness, Accountability and Democracy, in a way that respects the sovereignty of our nations and concentrates on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group shares the following principles:

- Free enterprise, free and fair trade and competition, minimal regulation, lower taxation, and small government as the ultimate catalysts for individual freedom and personal and national prosperity.

- Freedom of the individual, more personal responsibility and greater democratic accountability.

- Sustainable, clean energy supply with an emphasis on energy security.

- The importance of the family as the bedrock of society.

- The sovereign integrity of the nation state, opposition to EU federalism and a renewed respect for true subsidiarity.

- The overriding value of the transatlantic security relationship in a revitalised NATO, and support for young democracies across Europe.

- Effectively controlled immigration and an end to abuse of asylum procedures.

- Efficient and modern public services and sensitivity to the needs of both rural and urban communities.

- An end to waste and excessive bureaucracy and a commitment to greater transparency and probity in the EU institutions and use of EU funds.

- Respect and equitable treatment for all EU countries, new and old, large and small.