ECR Campaign

Ensuring a legacy for the Western Balkans Summit

The relationship between the EU and the Western Balkans summit has been a core theme of both the Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies. It is also a key priority for the ECR Group. We believe that the progress and momentum made between the EU and the Western Balkans must not be lost, and that now, more than ever, the work between the EU and the Western Balkan’s neighbourhood should be strengthened.

The ECR holds the Chairmanship of the Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, and is responsible for the drafting of the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Montenegro.

In the run up to the Western Balkan’s Summit in May 2018, the ECR Group put forward a large number of proposals in a policy paper, which would help continue the good cooperation between the EU and the Western Balkans.

The ECR Group’s priorities for EU-Western Balkan cooperation are:

  • Radicalisation should be addressed since no country will be able to join the EU if there are concerns that this will pose a threat to the European security;
  • Cooperation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is required to manage migration flows;
  • Limit Russian influence in the Western Balkans and support the countries in their wish to join NATO;
  • The development of infrastructure and transport corridors to help with trade;
  • Help the private sector through the development of commercial law and the enforcement of fair competition;
  • Improving the fight against organised crime through judicial reform;
  • Helping bring investment and growth to the often forgotten and underdeveloped border regions.
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The ECR Group has called upon the EU to make a clear and lasting commitment to working together in areas of mutual interest, and in some cases help Western Balkan nations work towards EU Membership. The ECR believes that EU needs to do all it can to offer a prosperous, stable, and open future partnership for the region, so that Western Balkan nations want to turn towards the EU and the West rather than the East.

The ECR Group will continue to campaign for the EU to play a key role in helping Western Balkan nations put in place mechanisms to end corruption in order for sustainable and prosperous democracy to flourish.



Western Balkans

20 September 2018




Initiatives our MEPs are actively working on in the European Parliament




ECR Group

34 minutes ago

Our co-chairs @RaffaeleFitto & Ryszard #Legutko react to the election of @vonderleyen as the next @EU_Commission Pr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 hours ago

Starting now - our co-chair @RaffaeleFitto speaks in the debate with Commission President-designate @vonderleyentwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Johan Van Overtveldt

6 days ago

Het is gebeurd. Een eer en een genoegen om met unanimiteit verkozen te worden als voorzitter van de Commissie Budg… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

BUDG Committee Press

6 days ago

.@jvanovertveldt elected as Chair of @EP_Budgets by acclamation

ECR Group

7 days ago

Today we met with the President-designate of the European Commission @vonderleyen for a wide ranging discussion on… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

8 days ago

Happening this week: tomorrow Commission President-designate @vonderleyen will attend our Group meeting & on Wednes… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 days ago

Next week we'll be nominating @BeataSzydlo to chair the @EPSocialAffairs committee! As a former Prime Minister of P… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Party

12 days ago

Happy #IndependenceDay to our American friends and partners in the @GOP! We are proud to be the staunchest defende… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

12 days ago

Next week we'll be nominating our Flemish MEP @jvanovertveldt to chair @EP_Budgets - as a former Belgian Finance Mi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

13 days ago

Second place for our candidate @ZahradilJan!! We now move into the second round... #EUTopJobs twitter.com/EuroParlPress/…

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