The Committee of the Regions European Conservatives and Reformists Group was formed on 10 April 2013 and officially announced during the 11-12 April 100th Committee plenary session.
The ECR Group is centre-right and euro-realist. It is made up of local and regional politicians working together within the EU Committee of the Regions to:
- ensure that decisions are taken as close to the citizens as possible and at the EU level only when necessary;
- ensure a strong voice for local and regional government in guiding EU policies in relation to efficient and modern public services;
- encourage greater localism, an improved environment and minimal regulation;
- endeavour to achieve cost effective and efficient administration of the Committee of the Regions.
The ECR Group is an extension of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, which continues to grow with over 70 MEPs from fifteen countries, Prime Ministers in the European Council, and a successful think tank (New Direction).