Nationalised railways are allowed in EU membership, in reply to Rob White (Hooray for the EU, Letters, November 2). State ownership, and workers’ representation on company boards, are all allowed. The only problem is subsidies that would be distorting to a single market. Please see How the European Union works - Competition from EU Publications Office (

The European Parliament has published its study of the implications of new rules to end the wasteful practice of throwing fish overboard.

The European Union single market bans illegal timber, helping to protect rainforests.

The UK was one of the first countries to ban veal crates for live animal exports and this was followed by EU legislation in 2006.

Phil Jones

Member, European Movement UK