An EU which connects its citizens and its Member States, allowing them to live, work and travel without unnecessary obstacles and bureaucracy is an EU that is delivering value for money. The ECR Group is vitally aware that every penny that the EU spends is money out of the pockets of tax payers. Therefore, the legislation we bring forward on transport, the single market, and consumer rights has to be effective and efficient, and offer something that national Governments alone cannot achieve. The ECR Group believes that one of the best ways of improving the lives of EU citizens on a day-to-day basis, is to:
- reduce barriers within the Single market,
- make it easier to buy and sell products within the EU,
- and ensure that consumer rights are upheld across all Member States,
- improve the basic infrastructure and accessibility of transport sectors.
A key priority for the ECR Group is cutting much of the suffocating regulation that the EU has adopted and applied to businesses. The ECR Group is constantly identifying where Member States and the EU are implementing EU rules in an unnecessarily bureaucratic and complicated way. By reducing mindless bureaucracy and unnecessary laws, and by ensuring that EU policies are operating efficiently, we can make your taxes work harder than ever!
The ECR Group has led the way on common sense policymaking, and in ensuring that the EU properly implements the competitiveness test, particularly for small and medium sized businesses. The EU needs regulation that provides a level playing field for businesses whilst protects consumers, without uneven implementation across the EU.
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.