9th Euronest Assembly: new perspectives for a post COVID-19 Eastern Partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Post COVID-19 recovery, the situation in Belarus, and countering energy security threats in the Eastern Partnership on the agenda for 19-20 April. Members of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly will meet remotely for the 9th Ordinary Session on Tuesday, 20 April. The Assembly is comprised […]

EU allocates an additional €9 million to support the most vulnerable in Myanmar following the coup d’état

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the EU has stepped up its response to assist those in need in Myanmar in the context of the recent military coup, with the allocation of an additional €9 million in emergency humanitarian aid to support the most vulnerable. The critical reinforcement of […]

4 ways the circular economy can help heavy industry reduce emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Willing, Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey, Hamburg office The majority of industry emissions comes from 4 material groups: Steel, cement, aluminum, chemicals. Global demand for the 4 focus materials is expected to increase – exacerbating the emission challenge. […]

Post-Cotonou negotiations on new EU/Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Partnership Agreement concluded

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today’s initialling of the new Partnership Agreement between the European Union and members of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS, formerly known as the ACP Group of States) by the chief negotiators, International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, and Togo’s Foreign Minister […]

EP committees recommend giving consent to EU-UK agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, the Foreign Affairs and Trade committees voted in favour of the agreement that sets the rules of the future relationship between the EU and the UK. The committees on Foreign Affairs and International Trade agreed to the proposal by rapporteurs Andreas Schieder […]

European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health […]

Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments. Organised crime groups continue to develop and evolve, as shown by their rapid adaptation to the coronavirus pandemic, for example […]

Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is presenting today a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025), focusing on preventing the crime, bringing traffickers to justice and protecting and empowering victims. Between 2017 and 2018, there were more than 14,000 registered victims within the European Union. […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around […]

Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Reynders on the recently proposed Digital Green Certificate and discussed data protection aspects with the EDPS. In the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders underscored the proposal’s aim to facilitate free movement and non-discrimination of […]

Humanitarian aid: EU allocates €54.5 million to Africa’s Great Lakes region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has announced today new funding of €54.5 million in humanitarian aid. This life-saving assistance will be devoted to the most vulnerable people affected by human-made or natural disasters, epidemics, and displacement in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The aid will address […]

European Commission registers Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a package of two measures regarding an important Cypriot heritage: Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim. First, the Commission registered Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim as a protected designation of origin (PDO), protecting the valuable name against imitation and misuse across the EU. Only Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim produced in Cyprus […]

COVID-19: faster authorisation for vaccines adapted to variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will discuss and greenlight a new procedure to facilitate and accelerate the EU-wide approval of vaccines adapted to COVID-19 variants. On Thursday, Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee will hold an exchange of views on a Commission delegated […]

Banning caged farming in the EU: Hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The public hearing, organised jointly by Parliament’s Agriculture and Petitions Committees, on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age will be opened by Committee Chairs Norbert Lins (EPP, DE) and Dolors Montserrat (EPP, ES) alongside Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra […]

Coronavirus Response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed to exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT) goods and services made available by the European Commission, EU bodies and agencies to Member States and citizens during times of crisis. This responds to the experience gained  during the course […]

Commission opens first European Innovation Council calls worth €1 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the announcement of the first funding opportunities, today the Commission opened the first EIC Accelerator calls. The funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that […]

Humanitarian aid: €24.5 million in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU announced today new funding of €24.5 million in humanitarian aid for the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region. EU humanitarian aid to the region seeks to provide a response to the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in northern Mozambique, where €7.86 million […]

State aid: Commission invites interested parties to provide comments on proposed revision of State aid Framework for research, development and innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on a proposed targeted revision of the State aid Framework for research, development and innovation (the “RDI Framework”). Interested parties can respond to the consultation for eight weeks, until […]

Coronavirus: Team Europe continues to deliver with more than €26 billion disbursed in support to partner countries in one year

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. One year ago today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out plans for a targeted EU response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic combining resources from the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions, as ‘Team Europe’. […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules, an approximately €1.74 billion (DKK 13 billion) Danish scheme to compensate mink farmers and mink-related businesses for measures taken in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. This follows the receipt of a complete notification […]

Coronavirus: Commission mobilises €123 million for research and innovation to combat the threat of variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants. This first emergency funding under Horizon Europe adds to a range of EU-funded research and innovation actions to fight the coronavirus and […]

Palliative Care: a human right

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Geetika Gaekwad, a 23 year old medical student, interning at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and […]

EU Cohesion policy: first REACT-EU support measures for recovery and transition approved for the Netherlands and Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission approved the first decisions under REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe) involving a modification of four operational programmes for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the Netherlands and Austria that will increase the funding available for investments […]

Health emergency preparedness and response authority (HERA): European Commission launches public consultation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 31 March, the Commission launched an online public consultation on the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). Part of the EU’s answer to the COVID-19 pandemic and a strong European Health Union, HERA aims to improve Europe’s capacity and readiness to respond […]

State aid: Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise Air France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved French plans to grant up to €4 billion for the recapitalisation of Air France through its Holding company. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “France […]

Global Recovery: The EU disburses SDR 141 Million to the IMF’s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today received the European Union (EU)’s contribution of SDR 141 million (equivalent to EUR 170 million or US$199 million) to the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), which provides grants for debt service relief to countries hit by catastrophic […]

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The Commission also decided to ask the Court of […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €4.5 million to support over 5,000 dismissed tourism workers or self-employed in Estonia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission proposes to support over 5,000 tourism workers and self-employed in Estonia who lost their jobs or whose activities have ceased as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed €4.5 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) will help […]

Syrian crisis: €5.3 billion mobilised by donors for 2021 and beyond at 5th Brussels Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the fifth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’ co-chaired today by the European Union and the United Nations, the international community pledged €5.3 billion for 2021 and beyondfor Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting the largest Syrian refugee population. […]

State aid: Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (so called ”Voucherfonds”). The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has proposed to the Council to grant an additional €3.7 billion of financial assistance to six Member States under SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposals follow formal requests for additional […]

Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today’s operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive behaviour by the power exchange EPEX Spot

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether the power exchange EPEX Spot SE (‘EPEX Spot’) has been taking advantage of its dominant position to hinder the activities of competitors on the market for electricity intraday trading facilitation services in at […]