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Environmental work

I myself am a member of the parliament's environment committee. The work involves detailed scrutiny of legislation and all the amendments proposed by MEPs. Often it is quite technical.

I am very pleased with what we have done on water quality, on national ceilings for emissions of airborne pollution and the recycling of electronic waste and old cars.

A question we have been discussing recently is whether people should be paid for donating tissues and cells. The Council of Ministers is prepared to allow it, but Parliament is against.

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