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European elections 2014

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  • Fishing: sustainable methods are proving quite the catch
    Every time Stephen McHale catches an egg-bearing female lobster, he makes a mark on the tail flipper to warn other fishers not to harvest it. It is a practice known as v-notching to protect local stocks and typical of the sustainable way McHale operates. “We fish to the market in that our seller, who just lives a few miles down the coast, knows what demand there is and we fish to satisfy that. So the market isn’t flooded with unwanted fish,” he explains.
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  • Box Your EP: discover the European Parliament's first ever tablet application
    From Facebook to Foursquare, the European Parliament can already be found in many different places. This now also includes your very own tablet with the creation of the EP's first-ever application for Apple and Android tablets. The Box Your EP app offers a fun way to learn about the Parliament and its activities ahead of the European elections in May. Create your own box, take a peek inside other people's boxes, read about the elections and compete with friend in a series of challenging quizzes.
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  • Q&A: new rules for reducing noise at airports
    The noise of planes flying over your house can get on your nerves, not to mention prove damaging to your health. MEPs will vote on 16 April on new rules regarding noise from airports, including a proposal to preserve local communities' ability to have a say on noise restriction measures.
     Read more: Q&A: new rules for reducing noise at airports 
  • Białowieża Forest: nature without borders
    For the animals of the primeval Białowieża Forest, stretching from the north-eastern part of Poland into Belarus, there are no borders. Boars and wolves regularly make an appearance on both sides of the frontier. “Countries are walled off with solid fences, but animals dig under them and cross the border easily,” explained Karol Wojciechowski, who works on the Polish side in Białowieża National Park. Because of its unique biodiversity, the park is designated as a World Heritage Site.
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  • National treasure: “Member states should decide what is important for their national heritage”
    Some 40,000 cultural objects are illegally removed from EU countries every year and only a handful of them are ever returned. On 10 April, the EP's culture committee votes on an informal deal with governments to update EU legislation to facilitate the return of these objects. Ahead of the vote, we talked to Marie-Christine Vergiat, a French member of the GUE/NGL group who is responsible for steering these plans through Parliament, to ask her how these changes will improve the situation.
     Read more: National treasure: “Member states should decide what is important for their national heritage” 
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