5 numbers to take away from the plenary in Strasbourg: the State of the EU address, gas supply solidarity, arms export control, forest protection, easier access to services and products for people with disabilities.
With a 2% growth in the EU, the wind is back in Europe's sails, said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, delivering an optimistic message at the State of the EU address. EU countries import 65% of their gas consumption, mainly from Russia. To secure their gas supply, they will have to help each other in case of disruptions. The EU's 28 member states are the world's second largest arms supplier. Lawmakers call for setting up an arms control agency and banning sales to non-democratic countries. Only 10% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions are absorbed by EU forests each year. MEPs want forests to be better protected so they can absorb more CO2 emissions. Around 80 million people in the EU have a disability. MEPs are working to make it easier for them to access products and services like phones, cash dispensers and ticket machines.