ECR Campaign

Increasing diversity in the European Parliament

The ECR Group has been the most vocal group of all when it comes to highlighting that all Member States are equal, no matter how big or small, new or old. We believe that diversity of thoughts, views, and background are essential in order to make laws and decisions that best reflect the opinions of the 500 million EU citizens we represent.

Therefore, a diverse European Parliament is essential. Whilst the representation of women has increased in the last few years (although there is still some way to go), the European Parliament and its institutions in general possess what ECR Group Chairman Syed Kamall MEP, described as a “shocking” lack of racial diversity.

The motto of the European Parliament is United in Diversity, and it is time that the EU lived up to that promise. Therefore, the ECR Group has been working with other politicians, civil society, and communities across the EU to bring much needed attention to this issue, and bring about change.

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The ECR believes that this is not an issue that can be addressed properly through quotas and statistics alone, but rather through the EU institutions looking at their recruitment procedure. This includes enhancing engagement with recruiters, agencies, universities, and different communities, in order to encourage EU citizens of all backgrounds and ethnicities to apply to work in European politics and its institutions.

As the first non-white Group leader in the European Parliament - ECR Group Chairman Syed Kamall MEP is committed to drawing much needed attention to this issue. He has held a conference in London to talk about black, ethnic and minority issues and come forward with key recommendations and practical solutions.

The ECR has also continued to raise this important issue in the Parliament’s plenary sessions, with the press both in Brussels and internationally, and with interest groups, the European Commission and other political groups.




Initiatives our MEPs are actively working on in the European Parliament




Daniel Dalton

2 hours ago

We have a tentative deal between @Europarl_EN and EU member states on updating the law on the European Criminal Rec… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Rebega Laurentiu

2 hours ago

I have been pleading for this since I became a Member of the European Parliament. #Romania and #Bulgaria have earne… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Jadwiga Wiśniewska

2 hours ago

#COP24 w Katowicach - kolejny dzień rozmów o zmianach klimatu pic.twitter.com/lrAV4fawFd

Bas Belder

3 hours ago

The European Parliament today inaugurates the Hadar Goldin exhibition and calls to uphold international humanitaria… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 hours ago

While we welcome the new updates to the EU’s #VisaCode on short stay visas for visitors, the so called ‘European… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

EP Audiovisual

8 hours ago

#EPlenary MEPs debate on 13-14 December #EUCO meeting. LIVE REPLAY video w/ statement by @anneleen_vb for @ecrgrouptwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

9 hours ago

🔛 SOON! Our MEPs @anneleen_vb, @BerndLucke and @marekjurek speak at the debate on the #EUCO summit preparations of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

23 hours ago

On #HumanRightsDay, our MEP @NosheenaMobarik has an important message for you from a recent trip to a Bangladeshi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Sajjad Karim MEP Conservative


Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of #HumanRights. We must never forget what cam… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Pope Francis


Every human person, created in God’s image and likeness, is a value unto themselves and is subject to inalienable rights. #HumanRightsDay

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