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What does an MEP actually do?

15 May 2014 Last updated at 05:42 BST

Swedish MEP Amelia Andersdotter was only 24 when she took up her seat in the European Parliament

Ahead of next week's European elections she gives us a tour of the parliament in Brussels and tries to explain what an MEP actually does.

It's likely many young people won't bother to vote on 22 March - either because they don't see how it affects their life, or don't believe the European system works.

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