- ECCG is an international contact group on the internet which tries to assemble professional paleontologist as well as advanced amateurs within the European community, to further mutual contacts and cooperation.
- Contributors to ECCG try to help each other in study work on Caenozoic fossils and also in field work.
- The ECCG website can become a discussion platform between the members; the regional palaeontology of the different European states is illustrated, species lists are presented, new publications announced, etc.
- The ECCG tries to harmonize European legislation on palaeontology.
- Starting point is that paleontology differs fundamentally from archeology in methods, aims and research material.
- Fossils are no products of human culture and it is inadmissible to consider them as a national heritage; they are scientific study objects, to which the international scientific community should have full access.
- Paleontology falls consequently outside the scope of the Malta treatise and supervision on the collection of fossils has to come from geological services or natural history museums, but not from archeological services.
- Palaeontoly is the most important science, which, by the study of the evolution of fauna and flora in the past, can contribute to knowledge of the changes which life on earth has undergone in natural circumstances.
- It can give insight in the changes in climate and other ecological factors in the past. Especially study of the Caenozoic changes is usefully for interpretation of the present changing climate and its consequences; this knowledge is necessary in the debate about global change and the Kyoto Treatise.
- ECCG tries every year to organize a congress in a different European country, with an excursion in the area.
- The ECCG can cooperate with other like minded organizations.