The ECR Group is committed to a more prosperous, secure and decentralised Europe led by local communities in partnership with national governments.
A government rules best when it listens to the citizens and spends taxpayers' money responsibly, which is why we emphasise the principles of realism, subsidiarity and democracy.
One of the most enduring challenges facing the EU today is economic recovery after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Group has advocated real actions in the spirit of solidarity, such as financial assistance to struggling regions, more flexibility in the use of EU funds, and lifting import duties on medical equipment.
We underline that all new policies need to take into account local and regional realities and make sure any EU measures do not infringe the sovereignty of either the nation-state or local government. It is for that reason that we have consistently called for greater use of territorial impact assessments in EU policymaking.
We offer a bold, alternative vision of a reformed EU as a community of nations and regions cooperating together in areas where we have common interests. We see a clear need for a strong Europe in key areas such as territorial cohesion, trade, scientific research, energy and agriculture – these are issues that require cooperation at the EU level. Our vision of Europe is one that does less but does it better.
“Our ECR Group is the voice of common sense in the European Committee of the Regions. We are committed to a more prosperous, secure and decentralised Europe led by local communities in partnership with national governments”