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ECR policy activities in the European Parliament
in The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)
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Chapter 6 looks at policy activities and achievements in EP 7 and EP 8. How successful have ECR MEPs been in delivering on their election promises, particularly with regard to the three freedoms they promote – ‘free countries, free markets and free people’? Analysis of participation rates, roll-call voting and other measures of influence and engagement will hopefully shed some light on how united the group is in the Parliament itself. This can be crucial when distinguishing between the nominal power of parties and their so-called ‘real power’ in votes based on actual attendance. Key policy areas include reform of the EU, as might be expected (although it is not clear that this can be considered an actual policy area in the conventional sense), trade and business, but also family values and issues surrounding the concept of social capital which ECR sometimes promotes. Important too is the sincere stance that the group takes in foreign policy on cooperation with the US, NATO, and other transatlantic organisations and institutions. These areas will provide an analysis of how ECR operates and functions when it comes to the practicalities of Brussels politics which its MEPs claim to dislike so much.

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