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2021
The ECR Group welcomes Michiel Hoogeveen as a new member

Dutch MEP Michiel Hoogeveen has joined the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

20 April 2021

ECR Group to bring together experts on EU-Africa relations

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament (ECR Group) is organising a high-level webinar focusing on the future of EU-Africa relations, with particular attention paid to managing the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 April 2021

The ECR Group remains highly sceptical towards the Conference on the Future of Europe

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament (ECR Group) remains sceptical towards the structuring and planned course of the Conference of the Future of Europe. ECR Co-Chairmen Ryszard Legutko (Poland) and Raffaele Fitto (Italy) are unimpressed by the digital platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). The multilingual platform was designed as a central hub for citizens’ contribution and was launched today during a press conference in the Commission. However, like other smaller Groups from across the spectrum in the European Parliament, the ECR Group only holds an “observer” status in the Conference’s Executive Board and is not fully represented. The ECR Group considers the procedure decided by the Executive Board to be highly questionable from a democratic point of view and harmful in pursuit of a higher functioning European Union.

19 April 2021

The Week Ahead – 19-23 April 2021

Looking ahead: The EU and Africa in a post-pandemic world

16 April 2021

Reinforcing rights: digital content of sports events organisers

Today, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee adopted ECR MEP Angel Dzhambazki’s report with recommendations to the European Commission to strengthen sports’ event organisers’ rights in the digital environment. The report calls on the Commission to enable immediate enforcement of rights for live sports events, including the possibility to issue injunctions requesting the real-time blocking of access to or removal of unauthorised online live sports content. Stakeholders and national authorities are encouraged to cooperate more closely.

13 April 2021

Week Ahead - 12-16 April 2021

Broadcasting of live sports events; New Avenues for Legal Labour Migration?

12 April 2021

ECR Co-Chairmen strongly condemn violent attacks against the VOX party during a campaign event

ECR Co-Chairmen, Prof Ryszard Legutko and Raffaele Fitto, strongly condemn yesterday's violent attacks against the VOX party, an ECR group family member, during a campaign event in Madrid, Spain.

8 April 2021

ECR Co-Chair uncovers double standards of the majority Groups in the EP around rule of law in Europe

Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, Prof Ryszard Legutko, has rebutted claims that the Polish Supreme Court failed to uphold the rule of law principle by departing from the Court of Justice of the European Union's (CJEU) interim measure.

26 March 2021

Week Ahead - 29 March - 2 April 2021

Continuation of the ECR Group's European Tour: "Europe’s Future: A New Hope". Fifth stop: The Hague

26 March 2021

EU Council’s good intentions not enough, says ECR Group Co-Chairman Raffaele Fitto

MEP Raffaele Fitto, Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, has commented on the outcome of the EU Council meeting, taking stock of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation.

26 March 2021

The ECR Group’s Conference on the Future of Europe tour reaches The Hague, The Netherlands

On Thursday the 1st of April, The Hague in the Netherlands will host the fifth event in the ECR Group's conference on the future of Europe: "Europe's Future - A New Hope".

26 March 2021

ECR Group endorses EU-Africa partnership

The ECR Group in the European Parliament believes that strengthening the bonds and economic cooperation between the European Union and Africa is of the utmost importance and to the benefit of both sides. Helping Africa in their development could win the EU a gigantic, new trading partner and could reduce the migration pressure anticipated for the future. Last, but no less important, are international security concerns. In pursuit of global security, the EU should act to prevent Africa from becoming a forecourt of Russia or China.

25 March 2021

ECR Co-Chairman Fitto: ‘We need concrete answers on compliance and contracts around vaccines’

During today's debate, MEP Raffaele Fitto, Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, stressed that it is time for a real change of pace, that we need concrete answers on compliance and contracts around vaccines.

24 March 2021

MEPs urge EU to help salvage 50,000 tonnes of munitions dumped in the Baltic

On the initiative of ECR Group MEPs Kosma Złotowski and Anna Fotyga, the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions has adopted a resolution by a considerable majority calling on the EU to solve the problem of chemical weapons dumped in the Baltic Sea.

23 March 2021

The Week Ahead – 22-26 March 2021

New EU-Africa Strategy – a partnership for sustainable and inclusive development; Evaluating and authorising COVID-19 vaccines; The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

19 March 2021

The Week Ahead – 15-18 March 2021

Exchange of views on COVID variants and vaccines' efficacy; Committee vote on Rail passenger rights; Public Hearing on “Enabling innovation for sustainable agriculture”; Presentation of a draft INI report on Rebuilding fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea: assessment and next steps; Exchange of views with the ECB President.

12 March 2021

ECR Co-Chairman Legutko: “Calm down ideologically, let people live, don’t make a revolution”

In a single-line statement to be adopted tomorrow, the European Parliament will declare the entire territory of the European Union an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’.

10 March 2021

Raffaele Fitto on alleged government attempts to silence free media in Poland, Hungary & Slovenia

In today's plenary debate on 'Government attempts to silence free media in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia', MEP Raffaele Fitto, Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, stressed that the debate itself was futile and only serves to provoke hatred towards governments.

10 March 2021

EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the process of gradual return to the “new reality”

EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the process of gradual return to the "new reality" after the pandemic

9 March 2021

The Week Ahead – 8-12 March 2021

Invest EU Programme; EU’s action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”); Against mandatory cameras on fishing boats; The South Caucasus and the West.

5 March 2021

The ECR Group is the true home of conservative values and Eurorealism in the European Parliament

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) in the European Parliament express their sympathies with the Hungarian MEPs who have lost their political home in the European People’s Party (EPP) this week. In the opinion of ECR Co-Chairmen Prof Ryszard Legutko and Raffaele Fitto, the EPP had already moved further and further to the left in recent years and has now completely ceased to be a Christian Democratic force.

5 March 2021

ECR Group Co-Chairmen express their solidarity with Fidesz MEPs

Following today’s decision on the rules of procedure having taken place in the European People Parties’ Group (EPP Group) of the European Parliament, the Co-Chairmen of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR Group) have expressed their sympathies and solidarity with the MEPs of the Hungarian Fidesz Party.

3 March 2021

Italian MEP Vincenzo Sofo joins the ECR Group

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament has decided to take on Italian MEP Vincenzo Sofo as a new member.

2 March 2021

Week Ahead - 1-5 March 2021

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+); Implementation report on the Ambient Air quality directive; Current situation in Western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands; Situation of Human Rights in India.

26 February 2021

The ECR Group’s Conference on the Future of Europe tour reaches Bucharest, Romania

On Friday 26 February, Bucharest, Romania, will host the fourth event in the ECR Group's conference on the future of Europe: "Europe's Future - A New Hope".

23 February 2021

The ECR Group welcomes the EU lifeline for small-scale fisheries

ECR Shadow rapporteur in the Committee on Fisheries Ruža Tomašić has praised the adoption of the provisional inter-institutional agreement on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) in the committee on Fisheries as a success, particularly for the small-scale inshore fishing sector.

22 February 2021

Week Ahead - 22-28 February 2021

Europe's Future; How to increase the capacity of COVID19 vaccine production; European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund; Transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines; An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy; Proposals for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA); From lab to life: transforming childhood, adolescent and rare cancer care.

19 February 2021

New trade strategy unveiled by European Commission presents clean slate

The ECR Group in the European Parliament has labelled the action-orientated approach presented in the European Commission’s new trade strategy as a fresh start.

19 February 2021

Europe’s Future - A New Hope

The ECR Group's Conference on the Future of Europe tour reaches Zagreb, Croatia

16 February 2021

The ECR Group congratulates VOX for the overwhelming electoral results in the regional elections

The ECR Group congratulates the Spanish VOX Party for the overwhelming electoral results in the regional Catalan elections.

15 February 2021

Week Ahead 15-19 February 2021

Continuation of the ECR Group’s European Tour: Europe’s Future: A New Hope. Third stop: Zagreb, Croatia.

12 February 2021

The ECR Group expresses its continued concerns on the EU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

The ECR Group in the European Parliament expresses its continued concerns over the EU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy. During today’s plenary debate with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, several ECR MEPs demanded greater transparency from the Commission regarding the terms of the contracts it negotiated with the pharmaceutical sector and to explain why the vaccine rollout has been unacceptably slow across Europe.

10 February 2021

The ECR Group aims for a different approach to the Conference on the Future of Europe

The ECR Group in the European Parliament has raised its concerns regarding the approach being taken to the Conference of Europe as the group calls for a less federalist agenda. It is important to discuss the Future of Europe, and how Europe can deal with current and future challenges.

10 February 2021

ECR co-commissioned climate study advises EU to embark on a “Nuclear Renaissance” program

A new study on EU climate policy co-commissioned by the ECR Group finds that it is practically impossible to generate sufficient energy with wind and solar energy as there is not enough available land to cover all electricity demand. The study, titled ’Road to EU Climate Neutrality by 2050’ advises the EU to embark on a “Nuclear Renaissance” programme in trying to achieve its climate objectives.

5 February 2021

The Week Ahead - 8 - 12 February 2021

The state of play of the EU’s COVID-19 Vaccination; New Circular Economy Action Plan; Implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Directive; European Skills Agenda; Visit of the VPC/HR to Russia in the light of the recent crackdown on protestors and the opposition; Democratic scrutiny of social media and protection of fundamental rights

5 February 2021

The ECR Group welcomes the new Control Regulation on Fisheries

Today, the Committee on Fisheries voted in favour of the new Control Regulation.

5 February 2021

ECR calls for transparency from the Commission around the collective European vaccination strategy

On behalf of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) in the European Parliament, ECR Co-Chairmen Ryszard Legutko and Raffaele Fitto call for the European Parliament to hold the Commission to account over the management of its vaccination strategy. Specifically, the ECR Group demands greater transparency from the Commission regarding the contracts negotiated, its export authorisation scheme, and its public communication strategy. The opaqueness of the Commission’s decision-making on these issues, which fundamentally affect all European citizens, must urgently be addressed.

2 February 2021

Week Ahead 1 - 5 February 2021

ECR Group’s European Tour: Europe’s Future: A New Hope | Sofia; Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

29 January 2021

Cutting bureaucracy for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Today, the Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The changes will cut bureaucracy around grant applications, and give the EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) more leeway in how they spend their funds.

28 January 2021

ECR European Tour: “Europe’s Future. A New Hope”.

The ECR Group in the European Parliament launched the European tour on the Future of the European Union in December 2020. The tour takes the form of a series of live broadcasts from 15 European capitals, in which citizens of our Member States are consulted.

27 January 2021

The ECR Group calls for a more diversified approach of the Farm to Fork Strategy

In a joint meeting of the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, ECR Shadow Rapporteur for the Committee on Agriculture Mazaly Aguilar called for a more diversified approach of the Farm to Fork Strategy.

25 January 2021

Week Ahead 25 - 29 January 2021

Continuation of the ECR Group’s European Tour: Europe’s Future: A New Hope; The Farm to Fork Strategy; A closer partnership with Africa; A new EU-US agenda for global change.

22 January 2021

The ECR welcomes the agreement on the second revision of the Fund for the European Aid

The second revision of the Regulation on the Fund for the European Aid to the most deprived (FEAD) regarding the specific measures for addressing the COVID-19 crisis, will allow Member States to use additional resources and request up to 100% co-financing rate.

21 January 2021

Achieving an effective policy legacy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Today, MEPs held a debate on how to achieve an effective policy legacy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which will be followed by votes on Tuesday and Wednesday. The own initiative report lead by the ECR coordinator for the Committee on Culture and Education and the Latvian ex-minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde, is calling for a more integrated approach to cultural heritage. This involves the equal treatment of tangible, intangible, natural and digital heritage equally.

18 January 2021

The ECR Group calls for sanctions against Navalny’s perpetrators

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of leading Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, upon his return to Moscow on 17 January. As a result, the ECR Group has filed an immediate resolution in the European Parliament calling for swift action to be taken against those directly responsible.

18 January 2021

Week Ahead - 18th - 22nd January 2021

EU global strategy on COVID-19 vaccinations; The inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political state of play; The crackdown on the democratic opposition in Hong Kong; Strengthening the single market: the future of free movement of services; The EU’s position on and the state of play of; Human Rights and Democracy in the World– annual report 2019; Achieving an effective policy legacy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage; Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD): Specific measures to address the COVID-19 crisis; How do we increase the number of fish in our waters? The measures to promote stock recovery above the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), including fish recovery areas and marine protected areas

15 January 2021

Week Ahead - 11th - 15th January 2021

Establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility; The EU’s Vaccine Strategy and Concerns about Slow-Moving Vaccine Deployment; EU-UK deal.

11 January 2021

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