A global approach

A global approach

More open trade means more jobs, increased business opportunities, and cheaper goods for the consumer. That is why the ECR Group has been the driving force within the European Parliament on putting in place a number of important international agreements that will break down the barriers currently in place which prevent European companies trading with major economic powers around the world. The ECR Group is vitally aware that free trade and globalisation must benefit everyone, and that in any international trading agreements reached, law makers must be mindful of their effects on wages, jobs, local industry and the future of the EU’s economy.

The ECR Group knows that there are concerns about globalisation and widening the EU’s trading market. It is essential that we protect certain EU sectors from any shock effects. Therefore, we support opening our domestic market to non-EU products in a limited and controlled way, whilst ensuring EU products have improved access to non-EU markets, for our most popular exports. We believe that the EU’s free trade agreements must benefit consumers by offering them more product choice, a wider choice of services, and greater mobility for company employees.

Free Trade Agreements

The ECR Group has been the voice of common sense within the Parliament when it comes to discussing the opportunities and challenges of free trade. This was vital when adopting the Canada-EU Trade Agreement also known as CETA. It is estimated that CETA will bring EU businesses an extra 590 million Euros a year, the amount paid in tariffs by EU businesses on goods exported to Canada. As of the 21st of September 2018, duties on 98 percent of products that the EU trades with Canada will no longer apply. What does that mean? It means that EU companies have a better chance than ever to bid on public procurement contracts, and sell European products into Canada.

It was also the ECR Group that led on the most comprehensive trade agreement ever concluded with a developing country - the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. We hope that the European Parliament will give its approval by the end of the year, and for the agreement to come into force during 2019.

Protecting democracy and religious freedom around the world

The ECR Group’s efforts to create a global facing EU, extends beyond just trading with nations across the world, but looks towards creating a more democratic, freer world for all. The ECR has placed the plight of persecuted Christians prominently on the EU foreign policy agenda. Around the world the persecution of Christians is on the rise. More than any other group, Christians are a target of religious violence. A long ignored situation by EU foreign policy, ECR Group members were among those who pressed for more action. The ECR Group will continue to fight for more action to help those who are persecuted for their faith.

Protecting freedom and human dignity are at the heart of the ECR’s foreign policy aims. The ECR Group continues to ensure that the human rights agenda of the European Parliament respects national interests as well as maximising the collective power of the EU as a whole when it comes to ensuring third countries fulfil their international obligations. The ECR Group has led the way on a number of widely supported resolutions and campaigns regarding the persecution of Christians and the Rohingya people. The ECR Group believes that the EU does not need a centralised foreign policy to bring attention to pressing international issues and have an impact upon human rights violations.

Head over the Campaigns section of our website to see how the ECR Group is working hard to protect persecuted Christians and increase diversity and equality, both within the EU and around the world.

Driving economic growth across the world

By using EU money to encourage private enterprise and economic growth within developing nations around the world, the EU is reducing poverty, creating future trading partners, and helping to support democratic stability and human rights in the process. The groundbreaking idea of using private enterprise to help reduce poverty around the world was an idea put forward by the ECR Group. This idea was taken up by the European Commission and as a consequence the EU created a fund which mobilises 44 billion Euros of investment starting in Africa and the EU’s Southern and Eastern neighbourhood.

The ECR Group is proud that we have pushed the European Commission to move away from short-term solutions and handouts, and instead move towards a system which helps countries and communities build long lasting stronger economies and industries. By using this fund to provide money for private enterprises in developing countries, we are helping grow innovation in developing nations, giving people their dignity back through work, and addressing the root causes of mass migration to the EU - poverty. For the first time in the history of the European Parliament, the private sector has been recognised as a crucial actor for development and wealth creation.

Take a look at some of our policy papers to read in detail about the ECR’s suggestions on how we can better reduce global poverty and increase entrepreneurialism and economic independence around the world!




An overview of our policies aiming for euro-realist reform of the European Union




Initiatives our MEPs are actively working on in the European Parliament




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