“A landmark moment for the development of EU news media and audiovisual policies”

Today, the European Parliament has adopted an initiative aiming to bolster the EU's media sector.

19 October 2021


2018 NEWS

Le Groupe ECR et Debout la France associés pour les élections européennes de 2019

Le Groupe ECR et Debout la France associés pour les élections européennes de 2019 pour rassembler une majorité euro-réaliste.

21 December 2018

Know Your Rights When Travelling Abroad

Travelling abroad can often be a stressful time if an unexpected problem arises, whether it is falling ill, delayed flights or package holidays not going according to plan. If you are an EU citizen travelling within the European Union, you are entitled to many rights regarding these issues that you may be unaware of.

20 December 2018

Europe sets the standard in fight against plastic litter

After more than 12 hours of negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached an agreement this morning on new measures to keep litter out of our seas and oceans.

19 December 2018

European Parliament pays respect to Lieutenant Hadar Goldin

With the opening ceremony of the Final Peace Exhibition, the European Parliament paid respect to fallen soldier and victim of terror Hadar Goldin, whose remains are still being held captive in the hands of Hamas terrorists. The ceremony took place just hours before Strasbourg was hit by a terror attack on Tuesday, and just before Hamas took responsibility for the death of the baby killed in the Ofra attack.

14 December 2018

Updated plan to improve funding for cross-border transport and infrastructure

A report on the financing of the next Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), one of the European Union's key tools for funding cross-border infrastructure, has been approved by the European Parliament today.

12 December 2018

Krasnodębski: We have to boost the global competitiveness of the European defence sector

A report by ECR MEP Zdzislaw Krasnodebski on a new European Defence Fund has been adopted by the European Parliament today. Once established the Fund will provide financing to help Member States better pool military procurement resources and finance cross-border investment in interoperable defence technology and will have a total budget of 13 billion EUR for 2021-2027.

12 December 2018

Parliament adopts new plan to help Member States deal with terror threat

The European Parliament’s has today adopted a final report from the Special Committee on Terrorism that includes a series of recommendations aimed at better supporting Member States in the fight against terrorism. ECR Flemish MEP Helga Stevens co-authored the Parliament’s report that was drafted following extensive research and contacts with police and intelligence services across Europe.

12 December 2018

ECR lays out proposals to expand the EU single market

Failure to eliminate remaining barriers in the EU single market, particularly in the area of services, is holding back growth, job creation and consumer choice, ECR MEPs said today. Flemish ECR MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt, chairman of the European Parliament's powerful Internal Market Committee, said that for too many in the EU "completion of the single market is simply a soundbite, not a serious political priority."

12 December 2018

Syed Kamall: The EU-Japan trade deal set to boost growth

The trade deal between the EU and Japan has been approved by the European Parliament in Strasboug today. CR Co-chairman Syed Kamall has welcomed the vote as an important step in the ratification process of the deal which is now expected to come into force early next year.

12 December 2018

Sakharov Prize 2018 awarded to Ukrainian activist and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

Since 1988, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize has honoured individuals and organisations from around the world that have defended human rights and fundamental freedoms.

12 December 2018

Plans to close crime fighting loophole clear key hurdle

Moves to close a loophole which is hampering the fight against cross border crime and terrorism cleared an important hurdle today. Proposals by ECR MEP Daniel Dalton will enable national authorities to establish quickly whether any EU member state holds criminal records on a non-EU citizen.

12 December 2018

Social security proposals will create loopholes & leave the system open to abuse & fraud

Proposals that would allow cross-border workers in the EU to choose where they claim social security benefits have been opposed by ECR MEPs today.

11 December 2018

ECR Group admits new Italian member

The ECR Group have today welcomed a new Italian member, Stefano Maullu, who has left the EPP Group in order to join us. He will sit in the same delegation as the ECR Group's two other MEPs, Raffaele Fitto and Remo Sernagiotto.

11 December 2018

Lucke: ECJ goes against EU treaties in allowing ECB monetary financing

This ruling is frightening: the European Court of Justice now explicitly allows the European Central Bank to provide monetary financing, provided that it is temporary. The court clearly shot over its target of helping the ECB”, warned ECR Group MEP Bernd Lucke following a judgement from the ECJ on a case brought with a group of nearly 2000 plaintiffs against the ECB’s bond purchasing programme.

11 December 2018

What’s happening with visas this week?

New updates to the EU’s Visa Code have been voted by MEPs today. The changes will facilitate better access to short stay visas to the EU for business travellers and tourists from third countries. However, the European Parliament has on numerous occasions attempted to introduce so called ‘European humanitarian visas’ into the legislation.

11 December 2018

Week Ahead: 10th - 14th December 2018

This week in the European Parliament, ECR MEPs put forward plan to support interoperable defence technology, vote on terrorism report, debate Brexit, and much more.

10 December 2018

Move to re-open Glyphosate case attacked by ECR MEPs

ECR MEPs today condemned moves to re-open the decision to licence the world's most popular weed killer for use in the European Union. The European Parliament's Special Committee on Pesticides wants the issue to be reassessed just 12 months after Glyphosate was licensed for five years by Member States.

6 December 2018

Week Ahead: 3rd - 7th December 2018

This week in the European Parliament, ECR MEPs fight to protect animal welfare in transport, encourage science-based decision making on pesticide approval in the EU, discuss rising tensions on the Sea of Azov with the government of Ukraine, and more.

3 December 2018

Member States need more control over temporary Schengen border controls

ECR Finnish MEP Jussi Halla-Aho warned fellow MEPs that ideological support for borderless travel in Europe should not come before Member State's internal security concerns, following a vote today in the European parliament on rules aimed at governing the duration that a Member State can reintroduce temporary border controls within the Schengen area in the event of internal security concerns.

29 November 2018

MEPs report on the Future of Europe is exact opposite of what voters’ are calling for

Politicians in Brussels have shown once again that they are refusing to listen to what voters are actually telling them, warned ECR Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt following a vote in the European Parliament today.

27 November 2018

Week Ahead: 26th - 30th November 2018

This week in the European Parliament, ECR MEPs debate the future of Europe with Danish PM Lars Rasmussen, work to improve confidence in pesticide approvals in the EU, push for the reintroduction of temporary border controls within Schengen, urge for more reforms in the Western Balkans in light of EU accession talks & more.

27 November 2018

Russia’s actions in Sea of Azov are violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity & inernational law

Anna Fotyga, Chair of the European Parliament's subcommittee on Security and Defence, has condemned Russia's recent and continuing posturing in the Sea of Azov, which is part of the Black Sea area and bounded by Ukraine and Russia. Her comments come a day after Russian coast guard vessels opened fire on, and seized, three Ukrainian navy vessels.

26 November 2018

Dalton – EU single market in services remains “a mirage”

Today's European Commission report on the Single Market exposes the reluctance of some countries and political groups to support the EU's flagship project. ECR Internal Market co-ordinator Daniel Dalton said it emphasised what the ECR Group has been saying for some time - that the single market in services is just a mirage.

22 November 2018

MEPs vote through plans for EU’s next research and innovation programme

Maintaining the principle of excellence while doing more to boost participation from central and eastern European countries will be key to the success of the EU's next seven year research programme, said ECR Czech MEP Evžen Tošenovský, after Parliament's Research Committee adopted their position on the proposals today.

21 November 2018

New fund to boost industrial cooperation in European defence sector

Plans to create a new €13 billion European Defence Fund were today approved in the European Parliament's Industry Committee. The proposals, which are being steered through the parliament by ECR Polish MEP Zdzisław Krasnodębski, will provide financing to help Member States pool military procurement resources more effectively and finance cross-border investment in interoperable defence products and technologies.

21 November 2018

Lucke: New plan to harmonise EU covered bond requirements will create security for investors

"Harmonisation of the requirements for covered bonds across the EU will create security for investors and open up new opportunities", said ECR German MEP Bernd Lucke today following the adoption of his report on a European covered bonds framework by the Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.

20 November 2018

MEPs back plan to use blockchain to revolutionise international trade

ECR MEP Emma McClarkin's plan to utilise blockchain technology to boost trade has been backed by the European Parliament's Trade Committee today. Miss McClarkin's report calls on the European Commission to use blockchain to simplify and streamline the EU's customs procedures, to reduce the burden of customs paperwork and cut the cost of international trade for businesses.

20 November 2018

Parliament’s budget vote is a patchwork of high demands with no clear focus on real challenges ahead

ECR Budget Spokesman Bernd Koelmel has criticised a budget vote in the European Parliament today as a "patchwork of maximum demands without a clear focus". The Parliament was laying down its position on the EU's next long term budget ahead of negotiations with the Council of Ministers.

14 November 2018

New telecom rules will boost 5G deployment and maintain independence of national regulators

MEPs today adopted two proposals aiming at widespread reform of telecoms sectors in the EU. ECR MEP Evžen Tošenovský is parliament’s rapporteur on one of the reports on the EU's Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) that will improve cooperation between national telecom regulators.

14 November 2018

Special Committee on Terrorism adopts ECR authored report and recommendations

The European Parliament's Special Committee on Terrorism has adopted its final report tonight that includes a series of recommendations aimed at better supporting Member States in the fight against terrorism.

14 November 2018

Important to manage energy transition, but not at the expense of our productivity

Under new rules adopted in the European Parliament today by 2030 the EU should use 32.5% less energy and 32% of its energy production should come from renewable sources. ECR Flemish MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt believes the agreement is ambitious and will encourage investment in buildings and industrial processes, without compromising productivity.

13 November 2018

Realism need to implement goals of the Paris Agreement

New rules to introduce national energy and climate plans were adopted by MEPs today. The plans are intended to help Member States keep on track with their 2030 climate and energy commitments, as well as to ensure they are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

13 November 2018

Week ahead: 12th - 15th November 2015

This week in the European Parliament, ECR MEPs endorse Jan Zahradil as Spitzenkandidat for Commission Presidency, Merkel appears in plenary on the future of Europe, Asia Bibi's lawyer attends EP press conference with President Tajani and Peter Van Dalen, special committee on terrorism adopts its final report, & more.

12 November 2018

Support for ECR MEP’s plans to transform EU crowdfunding sector

The first EU-wide regulation of the crowdfunding sector has today cleared an important legislative hurdle. It is now hoped the legislation can be passed before the European elections in May 2019.

6 November 2018

Doors open for the EU-Japan trade ratification

Members of the International Trade Committee have approved the long-awaited EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, which is set to cut 99% of tariffs from EU goods exported to the Asian country.

5 November 2018

Dalton: Call to supend EU-US Privacy Shield is reckless political grandstanding

Citizens and businesses will be left in legal limbo if the European Commission acts on MEPs’ calls to suspend the EU-Privacy shield, warned ECR MEP Dan Dalton today. He was speaking following a vote in the European Parliament today on a resolution that was initially intended to look into on the misuse of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica.

25 October 2018

Sea of Azov: Russia must deescalate tensions or face further sanctions

The EU must reinforce its sanctions against Russia if they continue their provocative actions in the Sea of Azov, warned ECR MEP Anna Fotyga, Chair of the European Parliament’s Security and Defence sub-committee ahead of a vote later today.

25 October 2018

Whether it’s Brexit or the migration crisis, the time for talking is coming to an end

Syed Kamall addressed the European Parliament today in the debate summing up the October European Council.

24 October 2018

New rules to cut single use plastics adopted by MEPs

An ambitious plan to reduce the amount of single use plastics washing up on our beaches was adopted today in the European Parliament. ECR Flemish MEP Mark Demesmaeker, who followed the proposals for the Group, has welcomed the new measures which he believes will help turn the tide against the world's growing plastic waste problem.

24 October 2018

Irresponsible calls to end the EU – US Privacy Shield

This week the European Parliament will vote on a resolution from the Civil Liberties Committee on a resolution that calls on the European Commission to suspend the EU – US Privacy Shield. Suspending the agreement would leave people and businesses with less rights and in a legal vacuum when it comes to data protection. We must do all we can to ensure the digital rights laws we have are fully implemented and do their job properly.

23 October 2018

Draft laws to cut single use plastics adopted by MEPs

New rules to curb litter from the most commonly found single-use plastics on our beaches were adopted today in the European Parliament's Environment Committee. MEPs voted to specifically address the 10 single-use plastics that are most often found washed up or still in the sea, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. These items together account for 70% of all marine litter.

10 October 2018

MEPs endanger Europe’s car industry with new emissions plan

An unrealistic and irresponsible plan to cut vehicle emissions adopted by the European Parliament today would endanger jobs and Europe’s car industry, warned ECR Group MEPs.

3 October 2018

ECJ: MEPs can vote on budget in Brussels if necessary

Today’s “common sense” court ruling which will allow MEPs to vote in Brussels on budget matters in certain circumstances has been welcomed by ECR MEP Ashley Fox. The European Court of Justice ruled against France’s claim that the European Parliament’s adoption of the EU’s 2017 budget at an “exceptional” sitting in Brussels, and not in Strasbourg, breached the EU treaty. The ECJ’s ruling today says that MEPs were entitled to adopt the annual budget in Brussels if necessary to meet time limits set out in the EU’s Treaties.

2 October 2018

This week in the European Parliament - 1st to 4th October 2018

This week in the European Parliament our MEPs will be talking reducing vehicle emissions according to more realistic standards than the current 45% target, ending the tampon tax, the future of Distributed Ledger Technologies and blockchain, as well as debating the Future of Europe with Estonian PM Jüri Ratas.

28 September 2018

McClarkin: Use blockchain to revolutionise international trade

We need to utilise blockchain technology to boost trade urges ECR MEP Emma McClarkin. Miss McClarkin today unveiled her report that highlights blockchain’s potential to simplify and streamline international trade in the European Parliament’s trade committee. Her report calls for the EU to update its customs procedures to use blockchain to reduce the costly and burdensome paperwork that businesses and authorities need to fill in to trade.

27 September 2018

Sulík: Dual food quality itself is not an unfair practice

Certain products are sold across EU countries with significantly different composition, but branded in a seemingly identical way. ECR Group supported calls for ending this practice by introducing more transparency and cross-border cooperation and raising consumer awareness.

14 September 2018

Europe must stop outsourcing its plastic waste problems

A report by ECR MEP Mark Demesmaeker that makes a series of firm recommendations on dealing with plastic waste was adopted by an overwhelming majority in the European Parliament today.

14 September 2018

Kamall: Time running out for EU to start listening

Time is running out for the European Union to deliver on the issues its citizens really care about, European Conservatives and Reformists group Co-chairman Syed Kamall warned today.

13 September 2018

Legutko: Five years on – the EU’s in a worse state

“The real questions that we should ask ourselves today is – is the European Union in a better shape now than when Juncker took office? The answer is a very clear – No. There has never been a time in the history of EU integration when the countries of the EU have been this disunited.

12 September 2018

Syed Kamall: Juncker’s legacy to date. The loss of a member state. And the slated rise of a crony.

Next week sees one of the EU’s set-piece events, when Jean Claude Juncker makes his last State of the Union speech before stepping down in 2019.

7 September 2018

ECR MEP’s crowdfunding ‘passport’ plan could transform the sector

Crowdfunding has the potential to become a much greater source of funding for small businesses in Europe, ECR MEP Ashley Fox said today as he unveiled proposals for EU-wide regulation of the sector.

29 August 2018

The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 9th – 13th July 2018

This week in the European Parliament: Western Balkans Summit and Montenegro progress report; Hearing at the ECJ: Legality of ECB bond purchases; A European plastics strategy; ECR Facebook live: Future of the Euro; 2018 NATO summit; Dual quality of products.

9 July 2018

Irresponsible and unrealistic vote threatens future of EU-US privacy agreement

A vote in the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee calling for the suspension of the EU-US Privacy Shield is irresponsible and could leave EU citizens in legal limbo, warned ECR Group MEP Dan Dalton.

5 July 2018

Counter terrorism proposals presented

Proposals to strengthen counter-terrorism policy in Europe were presented today by ECR Flemish MEP Helga Stevens’, parliament’s co-rapporteur on the special committee on terrorism.

5 July 2018

Legutko: Another missed opportunity by the EP for constructive debate on the future of Europe

Co-Chairman of the ECR Group Ryszard Legutko MEP, pointed out that this was yet another missed opportunity to discuss much needed reform of the EU, and address the very real and genuine concerns of European citizens.

4 July 2018

MEPs set to “gerrymander” European election rules

Tomorrow MEPs will attempt to push through controversial reforms to European Electoral law that will see large political parties in only two EU Member States gain a significant number of seats from their political rivals, warned ECR constitutional affairs Spokesman, Morten Messerschmidt, ahead of the vote.

3 July 2018

EP endorses Zile’s report on enhanced EU cooperation in the fight against cross-border VAT fraud

“It is clear that, in the EU single market VAT fraudsters often are a few steps ahead of national regulation,” said Roberts Zīle, Latvian Vice-President of the ECR Group said today after his report on cross border VAT cooperation was adopted today.

3 July 2018

ECR Group approves two new members, Peter Lundgren and Kristina Winberg

Members of the ECR Group have made the decision to accept the application of the Sweden Democrats to join the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

3 July 2018

The Week Ahead: 2nd – 8th July

This week in the European Parliament: Start of the Austrian Presidency; Future of Europe debate with Polish Prime Minister; Transport Mobility Package; Irresponsible calls to suspend EU-US Privacy Shield; Revising EU Copyright Law; 'Gerrymandering' European Electoral law,

3 July 2018

Family of Hadar Goldin to speak in the European Parliament

On 20 June, the family of the murdered and abducted Israeli Hadar Goldin will for the first time speak in the European Parliament. In an unprecedented cross-party session at the European Parliament, Hadar’s parents Dr. Leah Goldin and Prof. Simha Goldin and Hadar’s twin brother Tzur, will share their personal testimony in front of senior Members of the European Parliament. 

19 June 2018

Syed Kamall’s statement on today’s start to Brexit negotiations

As negotiations begin today on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union Syed Kamall, Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said: “The start of negotiations today is important for both the UK and the EU. A calm, constructive, and cooperative approach to talks is what will bring about the most progress in the coming weeks and months.

19 June 2018

The Netherlands must emerge as the rational counterweight to more Europe

ECR Group members have welcomed the commitment by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to an EU that both respects the sovereignty of its Member States, who should work together to bring real added value, and that does less but does it better.

13 June 2018

The week ahead: 11th – 15th June

This week in the European Parliament: UK’s parliament seats should not be redistributed; Respect for Georgian territorial integrity; Future of Europe debate – Mark Rutte; Tackling the ivory trade.

12 June 2018

Horizon Europe proposals: We must keep building on successful EU research programme

The European Commission has today announced their proposals for the EU’s next seven year research Programme. With a proposed budget of €100bn, the Horizon Europe programme will continue to focus on common challenges such as technology, health and climate change.

7 June 2018

The Week Ahead: 2nd – 8th June 2018

This week in the European Parliament: France v the European Parliament; Options for future data sharing arrangements; Civil liberties committee begins Facebook hearings; Reintegrating workers recovering from injury and illness.

4 June 2018

Farmers should not pay the price for EU funding pressures

Potential cuts to future funding of the Common Agricultural Policy are the biggest threat facing farmers in the EU, according to ECR agriculture co-ordinator Jim Nicholson. He insists that the agricultural sector should not be penalised for financial pressures caused by Brexit and by demands for more funding for other areas of EU spending such as security and migration.

30 May 2018

Plan to help cut EU regulatory burden unveiled

The European Union must constantly be on the lookout for cases of “gold-plating” and other burdensome regulations warns the ECR in a new policy paper today.

30 May 2018

Tomasic: Cohesion funding vital for economies still rebuilding after Communism

“Cohesion funding is vital for many of the regions and Member States still rebuilding their economies after communism."

29 May 2018

Kamall: Who needs Interpol when you have Mark Zuckerberg?

“I went into the hearing wanting to give Mr Zuckerberg a fair chance to address Facebook users’ and non-Facebook users’ concerns. However, what this hearing highlighted is that we still don’t know the depths that people’s data has been abused."

23 May 2018

Lasting commitment and a meaningful legacy needed following EU-Western Balkans summit

With the EU-Western Balkans summit taking place today in Sofia, marking the centre piece of Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, the Chairman of the ECR’s Western Balkan’s Policy Group has called for a lasting commitment to increase EU-Western Balkans cooperation and a meaningful legacy to the Summit.

17 May 2018

The Week Ahead: 14th – 18th May 2018

ECR Group in London; Data protection inter-parliamentary meeting; Western Balkans summit.

14 May 2018

Parliament backs calls for global ban on cosmetics testing on animals

The barbaric practice of testing cosmetics on animals has to stop, said ECR environment spokesman Boleslaw Piecha, after MEPs in the European Parliament today backed a resolution he co-authored.

3 May 2018

Koelmel on the MFF: Increased budget despite Brexit is disappointing but entirely predictable

“Proposing an increase in the EU’s budget despite Brexit is disappointing but entirely predictable. From new EU taxes to common defence funds to policing ‘values’ this budget is all about more centralisation and more Brussels meddling.

2 May 2018

Parliament position on asylum reforms defies common sense

Attempts to simplify asylum procedures and combat abuse across the system will have the opposite effect, warned ECR Finnish MEP Jussi Halla Aho following a vote in the European Parliament today.

25 April 2018

Cooperation, not confrontation needed to solve post-Brexit fishing challenges

The EU and UK must enter fisheries negotiations in the “spirit of cooperation” if their fishing industries are to thrive post-Brexit ECR MEPs and fishing representatives said today.

25 April 2018

New rules will prevent another Dieselgate scandal

Comprehensive measures to prevent a repeat of the Dieselgate scandal today secured final approval from MEPs.

19 April 2018

Selmayrgate: Time for the Commission to pull their heads out of the sand

Whilst the Commission has continued to insist that no rules were been broken during the process, serious questions have been raised which cast doubt over the whole process and the integrity of the institution itself. The resolution adopted today calls on the Commission to reassess the procedure used to appointment Selmayr, in order to give other potential candidates an opportunity to apply.

18 April 2018

Kamall: Syria strikes necessary to reinstate international rules

“Let us, as an international community, now make sure we pursue a diplomatic solution with even more vigour and determination having sent a signal that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.” - Syed Kamall MEP

16 April 2018


ECR Internal Market co-ordinator Daniel Dalton MEP today welcomed the European Commission’s New Deal for Consumers.

11 April 2018

Russia’s EU gas pipelines must play by our rules

New rules to enforce EU gas liberalisation rules on pipelines from third countries such as Russia have been adopted today by parliament’s energy and industry committee.

21 March 2018

ECR MEPs oppose protectionist measures for airlines

Airlines based outside the EU could face protectionist measures against them after the European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted to update the EU’s competition rules today.

20 March 2018

Services e-card: Selling a service should be no different to selling a car

MEPS block introduction of services E-card

20 March 2018

Rohingya refugees need help now. Countries must honour their pledges

Time is running out for countries to make good on their pledges to help Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar before the monsoon season arrives, an ECR Group MEP warned today.

15 March 2018

Cybercrime and terrorism: a serious threat to public services

ECR Flemish MEP Helga Stevens has warned of the increasing threat posed by cybercriminals.

14 March 2018

Koelmel: Next 7 year EU budget must end the waste of the past

The EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework must be targeted towards policies for growth and end the waste and inefficiencies of the past, said ECR Budget Spokesman Bernd Koelmel in Strasbourg today.

14 March 2018

Ashley Fox: We have a shared interest in getting Brexit right

Only a lack of political will and imagination will stop Britain forging a new, mutually beneficial relationship with the European Union, Conservative MEPs’ leader Ashley Fox said today.

13 March 2018

The Week Ahead: 12th – 15th March 2018

This week in the European Parliament: Selmayr appointment; European Parliament resolution on the future EU-UK relationship; ECR topical debate on the fight against cybercrime and the threat to public services; Murder of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak; Multiannual Financial Framework MFF 2020-2027 and new EU own resources; US steel and aluminium tariffs.

9 March 2018

ECR Group calls on Turkey to respect international law over actions in Cyprus’ EEZ

Turkey’s continuing provocative and illegal actions in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus are incompatible with its European path as a candidate for EU membership.

8 March 2018

European Parliament to hold plenary debate on appointment of new Comission Secretary General

Two weeks ago, in an unprecedented move, the European Commission announced that their Secretary General, Alexander Italianer had retired with immediate effect and that Martin Selmayr, the current Chef de Cabinet of Commission President Jean Claude Juncker would replace him.

7 March 2018

The ECR Bureau visits Bahrain

The Bureau of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group ( ECR) in the European Parliament visited Bahrain 4-5 March 2018.

6 March 2018

2nd – 6th March 2015 – Brussels

Interparliamentary Conference and Circular economy.

6 March 2018

More EU action urged to tackle terrorist funding

Cutting off funding to extremist groups is a key tool in the fight against terrorism, ECR Foreign Affairs co-ordinator Charles Tannock told MEPs today.

1 March 2018

ECR Group call for Commission to explain appointment process for new Secretary General

The ECR Group has taken a decision today to ask that the Commission to come to the European Parliament plenary in order to answer important questions regarding the transparency and integrity of their processes for appointing top officials.

28 February 2018

Kamall on Selmayr appointment: The Commission don’t seem to even realise why this is a problem

Syed Kamall MEP criticises Selmayr appointment

22 February 2018

Koelmel: MEPs unwilling to face facts on future EU budget

ECR budget spokesman Bernd Koelmel has criticised the unwillingness of MEPs to consider the prospect of a reduced EU budget.

22 February 2018

Open letter to EP Group Presidents regarding the proposed secret ballot

Open letter to Presidents Schulz, Daul, Swoboda, Verhofstadt, Cohn-Bendit and Harms

21 February 2018

Kamall: now the British people must decide

Syed Kamall MEP has welcomed the deal struck in the European Council regarding the UK.

20 February 2018

EU at a critical cross-roads, warn ECR MEPs

The EU must be wary of anything which may further distance EU voters from Brussels warned ECR co-chairs Syed Kamall and Ryszard Legutko.

14 February 2018

Kamall: EU must address its “shocking” lack of racial diversity

The EU has been urged to put its house in order and address a “shocking” lack of racial diversity in the European institutions.

7 February 2018

Parliament approves EU carbon trading reforms

Reforms to the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme have been approved by MEPs in Strasbourg.

6 February 2018

Shopping in Europe without borders

New rules that will prevent consumers being discriminated against based on where they live have been adopted by MEPS in Strasbourg.

6 February 2018

Car emissions testing must be brought into 21st century

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group MEPs are warning that a rejection of changes to car emissions testing procedures could delay improvements to air quality.

2 February 2018

The Week Ahead from the ECR Group – 5th – 9th February 2018

Take a look at the upcoming agenda for the ECR group

2 February 2018

The Week Ahead 30th January – 3rd February 2017

take a look at the upcoming agenda for the ECR group.

30 January 2018

Ground breaking ideas proposed to tackle poverty

A “do tank” to promote new ways of tackling poverty was amongst ideas floated at a high-level conference in London today.

26 January 2018

New database will close a crime fighting loophole

New measures to improve the sharing of criminal records information between EU Member States strike the right balance between security and individual rights.

25 January 2018

Global summit explores grassroots solutions to poverty

A major conference exploring how grassroots projects can provide lasting solutions to world poverty is taking place in London on Friday.

24 January 2018

Projekt Hansa launched to boost trade across northern Europe

ECR MEP Rupert Matthews launched Projekt Hansa to promote trade, tourism and develop cultural links across northern Europe.

23 January 2018

The UK’s European Parliament seats: Smaller EU should mean smaller Parliament

Plans to redistribute the UK’s 73 seats in the European Parliament at the next European Elections in 2019 have been heavily criticised by ECR Group constitutional affairs spokesman Kazimierz Ujazdowski ahead of a vote tomorrow.

22 January 2018

Syed Kamall: People expect us to sort out Brexit

European Union negotiators must decide whether they want a Brexit deal that prioritises people or the EU project, ECR co-chairman Syed Kamall said today.

16 January 2018

The Week Ahead – 15-18 January

Take a look at the upcoming agenda for the ECR group

15 January 2018

New EU cybercrime centre is a click in the right direction

A new EU Cybercrime Centre to be opened this week in the Hague is a welcome step to prevent fraud and piracy, to combat child abuse online, and to protect against terrorism and attacks against infrastructure, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists group Justice and Home Affairs spokesman, said today.

9 January 2018




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🗣️ ECR MEP @AlexandrVondra speaking in the European Parliament #EPlenary today in the run-up to the #COP26 Conferen… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

8 hours ago

To be credible, we need to talk about new technologies – technologies that help us capture emissions. 🗣️ ECR MEP… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

10 hours ago

In the short term, we’re between a rock and a hard place. We rely on #Russia for our energy. 🗣 ECR MEP… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

10 hours ago

We need to focus on what Europeans really care about. 📢 ECR MEP @BeataSzydlo | #EPlenary #energycrisis #Russiatwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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