CulturEU: Commission steps up support to the cultural sector through an online guide on EU funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched a new interactive guide mapping all funding opportunities available at EU level for the cultural and creative sectors. CulturEU, a  one-stop shop for EU funding, gathers a total of 75 funding opportunities from 21 different EU programmes, from Creative Europe […]

Diversity: Parliament sets milestones towards a more inclusive administration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s leadership adopts a roadmap for an inclusive approach to matters relating to disability, sexual orientation and anti-racism in its administration. The European Parliament’s Bureau, comprising the President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors, has agreed to intensify efforts to achieve a more inclusive administration. To reach […]

EU replaces COVID-19 vaccines export authorisation mechanism with new monitoring tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU will not extend the COVID-19 vaccines export transparency and authorisation mechanism, which expires on 31 December 2021. This means that, as of 1 January 2022, vaccine producers will no longer have to request an authorisation for the export of vaccines outside the […]

Commission welcomes approval of the Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe and future governance of the European Research Area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council of the European Union adopted a Recommendation on ‘A Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe’ (Pact for R&I), as well as its conclusions on the future governance of the European Research Area. The Pact for R&I defines common values and […]

ASEM Summit: Europe and Asia reaffirm shared partnership and engagement to a stronger recovery from the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit on 25-26 November which took place in virtual format from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leaders reaffirmed their shared partnership and engagement in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the title ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth’, the Summit brought […]

Human rights breaches by Russian paramilitary groups, in Somalia and in Cameroon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, Parliament adopted three resolutions assessing human rights violations committed by the Wagner Group, atrocities in Somalia and the situation in Cameroon. Human rights violations by private military and security companies, particularly the Wagner Group MEPs condemn in the strongest terms the heinous […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes an updated framework for travel from outside the EU, prioritising vaccinated travellers, with strong safeguards

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing today to update the Council recommendation on non-essential travel from outside the EU to simplify the framework and reflect recent developments. Priority will be given to vaccinated travellers. Member States should reopen systematically to those vaccinated with vaccines having completed […]

Commission launches the €570 million interregional innovation investment instrument

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has launched the first call for projects for the new Interregional Innovation Investment instrument (I3). This is a new funding instrument for 2021-2027 that allocates €570 million to support the commercialisation and scaling up of interregional innovation projects in shared smart specialisation […]

Erasmus+: nearly €3.9 billion in 2022 for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the calls for proposals under Erasmus+ call for 2022, following the adoption of the 2022 annual work programme. With an increased budget of nearly €3.9 billion for the next year, Erasmus+ will continue to provide opportunities for study periods abroad, […]

European Semester Autumn Package: rebounding stronger from the crisis and making Europe greener and more digital

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched the 2022 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The European Semester Autumn Package includes the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2022, policy recommendations for the euro area and the […]

Gender gap at education level is shrinking, but women are still under-represented in research and innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The number of female students and graduates at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels has grown steadily over the last years. However, women are still under-represented in research and innovation careers. These are some of the key findings of the European Commission’s She Figures 2021 […]

Stop Violence Against Women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and the High Representative/Vice President, Josep Borrell, issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation. In Europe, one woman […]

Frans Timmermans at Parliament Plenary session on the outcome of COP26 in Glasgow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Opening remarks  Thank you, Mr. President, honourable Members. COP26 did not solve the climate crisis but that was also not the purpose of COP26. It had to bring the objectives of the Paris Agreement within reach and allow us to start implementing this deal. […]

MEPs ask for values-based EU sports model and oppose “breakaway competitions”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must shape a European sports model that is based on solidarity, inclusiveness, open competition and fairness, MEPs say in a report adopted on Tuesday. With 597 votes to 36 and 55 abstentions, MEPs say they want European sporting culture to be aligned […]

Rule of law, COVID-19, hybrid threats: MEPs discuss EU summit results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Political leaders demand more action against countries breaching the rule of law and express solidarity with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, in a debate on Tuesday. In a debate assessing the outcome of the 21-22 October European Council with Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von […]

Digital Markets Act: ending unfair practices of big online platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The draft law blacklists certain practices of large platforms and enables the Commission to carry out market investigations and sanction non-compliant behaviours. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted this morning by 42 votes in favour, two against and one abstention its position […]

Trade and security: Commission highlights work to defend EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today presenting key findings related to defending EU interests when it comes to export controls and foreign investments in the EU. The Commission screened 400 foreign investments since the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) screening legislation entered into force. While […]

EU proposes blacklisting of transport operators involved in facilitating the smuggling or trafficking of people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the European Union’s united response to state-sponsored instrumentalisation of people at the EU’s external border with Belarus, the Commission and High Representative propose today measures to prevent and restrict the activities of transport operators that engage in or facilitate smuggling or […]

Common Agricultural Policy reform gets final approval from MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament gave the green light to the new EU Farm Policy. This reformed version aims to be greener, fairer, more flexible and transparent. During the negotiations on the legislative reform package, MEPs insisted that strengthening biodiversity and adhering to the EU’s environmental […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the defence sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 23 November 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections at the premises of a company active in the defence sector. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article […]

17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting – Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen took part in the 17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting, in Dushanbe (Tajikistan). The meeting was chaired by the High Representative Borrell and hosted by the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, with […]

State Aid: Commission invites comments on proposed revision of EU State aid rules for deployment of broadband networks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today launched a targeted public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on a proposed revision of the Guidelines on State aid rules for broadband networks (the ‘Broadband Guidelines’). Interested parties can respond to the consultation until 11 February 2022. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Conserve Italia €20 million for participating in canned vegetables cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Conserve Italia Soc. coop. agricola and its subsidiary Conserves France S.A. (together ‘Conserve Italia’) a total of € 20 000 000  for breaching EU antitrust rules.  The Commission has found that, for more than 13 years, Conserve Italia participated […]

Positive intersectionality: a blessing to clinical diagnosis

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Khushi Singh, an Indian, 19 years old, second year medical student at International Higher School of Medicine (IHSM) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Competition: Commission outlines contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, which frames the important role of competition policy for Europe’s path towards recovery, the green and digital transitions, and for a resilient Single Market. The Communication highlights the in-built […]

EU and UNRWA sign new Joint Declaration marking 50 years of Strategic Partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission; Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement and Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA Commissioner-General, signed a Joint Declaration on the EU’s support to the United Nations Relief […]

European Solidarity Corps: over €138 million to support volunteering activities by young people in 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the call for proposals under the European Solidarity Corps for 2022. The European Solidarity Corps is an EU programme for young people wishing to engage in solidarity activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping disadvantaged people to contributing […]

Future of Europe: Parliament delegation’s first discussion on Conference topics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament’s delegation, joined by idea givers from the European Youth Event, will discuss five topics from the European Citizens’ Panels. The discussions will revolve around the topics covered by the first two of the four European Citizens’ Panels: Panel 1 economy, social […]

EU Budget 2022 deal: investing more for a strong recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for health, research, climate action, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after talks with Council on Monday. On Monday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement […]

Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the Start-up Village Forum to gather insights on challenges for and potential of rural start-up companies. As part of the EU’s June 2021 long-term vision for rural areas and the Commission Action Plan for Rural areas, the annual Start-up Village […]

EU invests over €1 billion in innovative projects to decarbonise the economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is investing over €1.1 billion into seven large-scale innovative projects under the Innovation Fund. The grants will support projects aiming to bring breakthrough technologies to the market in energy-intensive industries, hydrogen, carbon capture, use and storage, and renewable energy. The projects […]

Aviation: EU and Armenia sign aviation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and Armenia signed a common aviation area agreement, based on common high standards in aviation safety, security and air traffic management. The signing means new opportunities for consumers, airlines and airports in Armenia and the EU. The benefits include new […]

Commission welcomes agreement on EU Annual Budget 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Monday evening, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, on a proposal from the European Commission, have reached an informal political agreement on the EU budget for 2022, the second under the 2021-2027 EU multiannual financial framework. The agreement is […]