European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)

Year of Foundation

2009 (2013)

Members in the EP

61 from 705 Deputies

Most important national parties

PIS (Poland), Fdl (Italia), ODS (Czech Republic), N-VA (Belgium)

Group Chairperson

 Ryszard Legutko (Poland) & Raffaele Fitto (Italia)

Political Orientation

conservative, economically liberal, right-wing populsit, EU-sceptical
 Website  www.ecrgroup.eu

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Ryszard Legutko

Ryszard Legutko

Raffaele Fitto

Raffaele Fitto


Position of the ECR

You belong to the "Group of European Conservatives and Reformers" (ECR) as a Member of the European Parliament. The members of the ECR belonged to other conservative and partly Eurosceptic political groups before its foundation. The most strongly represented party within the ECR is the Polish PiS. The German AfD has not been part of the EKR since the 2019 European elections. The EKR sees itself as a conservative Eurosceptic party. The ECR advocates for a reform of the EU with the objective that the sovereignty of the nation states is emphasised more strongly again. It opposes federalism at the European level and advocates for a consistent application of the principle of subsidiarity. This means that local, state and national governments should act first before EU intervention becomes necessary. The Group believes that the EU should generally focus more on economic development and its competitiveness, while leaving as much freedom as possible to the Member States.

Arguments and strategy

Transport

The ECR Group is in favour of reducing pollutant emissions for cleaner air in Europe. However, the Commission's proposal would be at the expense of consumers who cannot afford both increased fuel prices and an expensive electric vehicle. It would be more efficient and fairer for consumers to invest in further research and market introduction of particularly fuel-efficient combustion engines and thus reduce pollutant emissions.

Energy

In principle, the coordination of the energy mix and the energy market is the responsibility of the individual member states and not of the European Union. Therefore, there should only be flexible directives on components of the energy mix, to which the countries can adapt depending on their national status. The ECR Group rejects central coordination of the European energy market. It is important to consider not only the aspect of climate compatibility but also that of security of supply. Energy production from green energy sources is unreliable and dependent on the weather and the seasons. Therefore, a secure energy mix should also include reliable energy sources, such as nuclear and coal energy or energy from natural gas. Coal energy in particular can guarantee energy supply and energy independence in many Central and Eastern European countries, as coal is found in the mentioned region in large quantities and can be mined cheaply.

Nuclear power
Nuclear power is a low-emission energy source that can secure Europe's energy supply and energy independence. Contrary to general political ideology, modern nuclear power plants maintain the highest safety standards while becoming increasingly efficient and climate-friendly. The ECR Group demands that nuclear energy be classified as a climate-friendly energy source and be promoted accordingly with Green Deal funds.
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