The European Conservatives and Reformists Group was created in 2009 to articulate a eurorealist agenda for the European Union. The ECR believes that the EU has a role to play in the 21st century but it should focus on delivering cooperation between its member countries, and finding practical solutions to problems and challenges of the 2050s, not of the 1950s.
The ECR believes that its time to take the EU in a new direction and make it work again: both economically and for its people. Bringing together 70 MEPs from 15 EU countries, the ECR is currently the third largest group in the European Parliament.
Syed Kamall was born and grew up in London. Before entering the European Parliament in 2005, he worked as a consultant to companies on marketing, strategy and public affairs, as well as running a recruitment business. In 2005 he became an MEP for London where he sat on the parliament´s Economic and Monetary Affairs, Legal Affairs and International Trade committees. He is also working on setting up a microfinance project to crowdfund loans to entrepreneurs in poorer communities in the UK based on the Kiva model. In 2013 Syed Kamall was elected as Leader of the Conservative MEPs and in June 2014 he became the Chairman of the ECR Group.