Increasing accountability

Increasing accountability

Increasing democratic accountability and transparency are objectives at the heart of the ECR Group’s agenda for guaranteeing reform of the European Union. Without increased transparency and accountability of the EU’s institutions, agencies, budget and policies, then public faith and trust in the EU will continue to be eroded.

In order for transparency and accountability to be increased, the ECR Group believes in asking the difficult questions, and ensuring that the European Commission, and the European budget is held to account. If the EU is to have deep and meaningful reform, in order to function better for its citizens, then first Brussels and its politicians need to identify what isn’t working, and acknowledge what has previously gone wrong. Only then can we build a better stronger future for the EU.

An economic area that respects all Member States

The Euro crisis was the defining issues of the last European election. Now the European Union is looking to build a future for the Eurozone which prevents the crisis from happening again. The ECR Group believes that the decisions we make now will have serious long term consequences for all Member States, whether in the Euro or not. The ECR Group believes we must consider carefully the consequences of hastily implemented Euro policies.

Less bureaucracy - more responsibility

More Europe, more bureaucracy, and another EU institution, is not the solution to the crisis. Taking the wrong political direction could cause long lasting budget constraints, systematic risks to the monetary system, and ultimately, unemployment in Member States. The ECR Group believes we should be focusing on managing the Eurozone better rather than deepening political links to the EU.

The ECR Group believes that enforcing the European Stability Mechanism to share liability, is not the best way to recover competitiveness in Eurozone countries. Fiscal disciplines, an independent European Central Bank without political agenda, and respecting the decision of Member States not to adopt the Euro, are the key ingredients of preventing future economic shocks. The ECR Group believes that it is only fair for all European countries to demonstrate economic and fiscal responsibility. National economic prudence should be encouraged, not penalised.

Learning from our mistakes

Transparency is one of the key priorities for the ECR Group, and that includes holding all the EU institutions and the ECB to account for their actions both past and present. Whilst there is still a long way to go in making sure the Euro functions better, acknowledging the flaws in the system both past and present, is an important step to building a more stable economic future. The ECR Group will continue to ensure that the ECB and the EU is held accountable for its policies on the Euro.

We would invite you to read some of our detailed policy proposals on the different ways the ECR thinks could help establish a fairer, more stable, more shock proof Euro! Let us know what you think.

Ending costly waste by the EU’s institutions

The ECR Group has continued to be the leading voice for putting an end to the European Parliament’s monthly shuttle between Brussels and Strasbourg which sees 750 MEPs, 3000 staff, and a number of lobbyists and other official relocate to another parliament in the French city of Strasbourg for four days. Estimates of the relocation costs are between 102 million and 180 million Euros per year. The move causes the unnecessary release of 20, 000 tons of C02.

As the arrangement is enshrined in the EU’s treaties, it requires unanimous agreement of the EU’s leaders to change this arrangement. However, the ECR Group has built unprecedented levels of support across all political groups and nationalities to change this arrangement, and we will continue to highlight the extreme budgetary and environmental costs involved, in the hope that one day this will change!

Head over to our campaigns section of the website, to see how the ECR Group has been campaigning to end this wasteful practice!




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




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