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The Record: Europe

16 May edition
Lucy Thomas
Producer

How the EU ban on seal products came into being

The European parliament recently voted to ban imports of seal products in the EU.

The Record Europe has charted the dramatic course of this new law - which was forced through in record time - speaking to the key players as the proposal took shape.

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EU vote-tracking website launched

There is now a way to track how elected representatives are voting in Brussels and Strasbourg.

A new website, votewatch.eu has been designed to make MEPs more accountable to voters.

Professor Simon Hix, from the London School of Economics tells the Record Europe's Lucy Thomas how he hopes the project will open up the parliament and help people to decide which way to vote based on their elected representative's past performance.


The Record: Europe examines the key moments in the political week in Brussels and Strasbourg and focuses on the work of the European Parliament and European Commission.

It is broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturdays at 2300 GMT, Sundays at 1700 GMT and Mondays at 1000 GMT, on BBC World on Saturdays at 1330 GMT and Sundays at 0630 GMT and on the BBC News channel on Sundays at 0530 GMT and Mondays at 0330 GMT.




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