Since our foundation in 2009, we have been working hard towards an EU that gets back to basics to deliver common sense solutions. We believe that at the heart of every decision made by the EU, should be the consideration of whether or not it is adding value for hard-working taxpayers across the union.
To achieve this, ECR MEPs continue to focus their efforts on decentralisation, connecting people and business, promoting fair and free trade, and fostering a safe and secure Europe, among many other achievements.
Our efforts have delivered results improving the lives of citizens across the EU every day and we will continue promoting a wider agenda of long-term pan-European euro-realist reform. We will also carry on our hard work in securing a more flexible, open, and economically vibrant EU offering citizens and taxpayers tangible benefits.
With your support and the continued efforts of our MEPs, we believe that an EU that respects the wishes of its citizens, spends taxpayers’ money responsibly, and respects the sovereignty of its national governments, is an EU that can build a stronger future that better serves its citizens.
Raffaele Fitto & Ryszard Legutko
Co-Chairmen of the ECR Group in the European Parliament
Founded to take the EU in a
The ECR Group is a centre-right political group in the European Parliament, founded in 2009 with a common cause to reform the EU based on eurorealism, respecting the sovereignty of nations, and focusing on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness. From its 8 founding Member States with 54 MEPs in 2009, we now have 64 members from 15 EU Member States.
Euro-realism is the driving force of the ECR Group, which distinguishes our agenda from the other political groups in the European Parliament. The European Union needs a new direction. Some argue that the solution is more Europe, others that the solution is no Europe. We offer a bold alternative vision of a reformed EU as a community of nations cooperating in areas where they have some common interests that can best be advanced by working together.
We are the voice of
The European Union has overreached. It has become too centralised, too ambitious, and too out of touch with ordinary citizens. We believe in restoring common sense in Brussels - advocating for the equal treatment of all Member States, pushing the EU to be more fiscally responsible, finding new ways to connect people and business, creating solutions to the migrant crisis and the terrorist threat, and adopting a global approach to increase EU competitiveness on the world stage.
for the EU
The ECR Group is at the forefront of generating forward-looking policy proposals to design a reformed European Union that is more flexible, decentralised and respects the wishes of its Member States. Only an EU that truly listens to its people can offer real solutions to the problems we face today. We believe in cutting red tape, in an EU run by national governments not Brussels bureaucrats, in doing less but better, in an immigration system that works, in spending taxpayer money wisely, but most of all, we believe in fostering an EU that is safe, secure, competitive and prosperous for all.
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 in 2009, our founding parties adopted the Prague Declaration which sets out our Principles and Values:
• 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.
National Alliance “All For Latvia!” - “For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK”
Vice-President of the European Parliament