Hello. The holidays are over. The MEPs will go to Strasbourg next week for the first plenary session after the break. On the agenda: While the eurozone crisis is far from being resolved, on Wednesday the Commission President will report the State of the Union in 2012. As every year, José Manuel Barroso will also present his future programme. The address will be followed by a debate with the MEPs. Although this fishmonger is well-stocked, the same can't be said for fish stocks, which aren't being managed sustainably. 75% of stocks are over-fished, costing the EU around €1.8 billion. More sustainable fishing is the main challenge of the Common Fisheries Policy reform which the MEPs should debate in Strasbourg. Another decisive vote is expected on victims of crime. There are nearly 75 million victims every year in Europe. According to the agreement reached between the states and the MEPs, wherever the crime is committed in the EU, the victim will have the same basic rights. They will be treated with dignity and respect, protected from threats or other intimidation and their specific needs will be evaluated. Solar panels, condensing boilers and completely waterproof walls... These 'low energy' flats should be inaugurated in a few days' time by the Public Centre for Social Welfare in Brussels. These types of flats are still rare today but should soon become commonplace. If MEPs pass the new EU legislation on energy efficiency next week, Member States should renovate 3% of the floor area covered by public buildings. Europe isn't losing sight of its aim to reduce its energy consumption by 20% by 2020. Have a good week!
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