Sanctions: Commission further expands Guidance on COVID-19-related humanitarian aid in sanctioned environments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission further expanded its Guidance Note on how COVID-19-related humanitarian aid can be provided to countries and areas around the world that are subject to EU restrictive measures (sanctions). This Guidance now also has a self-standing chapter on Nicaragua. The aim is […]

European Union backs peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with new aid for police reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) is maintaining its commitment to the security of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by earmarking €20 million from the 11th European Development Fund for the Police Reform Support Programme over five years. This brings EU […]

Coronavirus: Commission holds first meeting of EU COVID-19 national scientific advice platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed Member States’ COVID-19 scientific advisors to the first meeting of the EU scientific advice platform on COVID-19. The platform will facilitate more co-ordinated scientific advice on the approach to Member State COVID-19 public health measures across the […]

The pill of gender bias – hard to swallow

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manali Sarkar, a 2nd year MBSS student at MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai. 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 do not necessarily reflect […]

Medical Students Can Help to Protect Women Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmet Kayhan KORKUSUZ, a first-year medical student at Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. He 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 do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament sets out its proposals on how to best finance the Green Transition to sustainable, carbon-neutral economic activities in the vote on Friday. In a non-binding resolution on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) and financing the Green Deal, which passed with 471 votes […]

State aid: Commission approves German nation-wide scheme to support deployment of Gigabit networks in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German scheme to support the deployment of very high capacity broadband networks offering Gigabit speeds in Germany. The aid will bring these networks to customers in areas where the market does not provide […]

New Consumer Agenda: European Commission to empower consumers to become the driver of transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission launched the New Consumer Agenda to empower European consumers to play an active role in the green and digital transitions. The Agenda also addresses how to increase consumer protection and resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought significant […]

EU trade agreements: delivering for Europe’s businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The 4th Annual Report on the Implementation of the European Union’s Trade Agreements in 2019 published today shows the benefits of our expanding global trade network. Despite tensions in the global trade arena, the report shows that EU trade agreements continued to facilitate fair […]

How the Female Medical Students in Gen Z are Changing the Patriarchy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marcelle Rodrigues Carneiro de Souza Reis, a 3rd-year medical student at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos -UNICEPLAC in Brasília, Brazil.. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Union of Equality: The Commission presents its first-ever strategy on LGBTIQ equality in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission presented today the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address. While progress in the EU was made towards LGBTIQ […]

MEPs unanimously condemn recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EPs call for unity and a robust response to terror attacks, in parallel with additional efforts promoting fundamental freedoms and integration. In a debate with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who announced upcoming EU initiatives such as strengthening Europol’s mandate and an action plan […]

China and the EU agree to protect each other’s food and drink specialities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament backed an agreement between the EU and China to protect the names of 200 European and Chinese food specialties from counterfeiting. Parliament consented to an agreement by 645 votes, with 22 against and 18 abstentions, signed in September 2020 between the […]

Commission and Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU underline importance of the European Health Data Space

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today at the virtual High-Level Conference “Digital Health 2020 – EU on the Move”, the Commission and Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU announced their intention to work closely together on a secure and patient-oriented use of health data for Europe, and […]

The unique frequency of felling the gab on women’s rights by medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gismat Ansari, a second Year Medical Student at Ahfad University for Women, Sudan. 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 do not necessarily reflect […]

Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking the first steps towards building the European Health Union announced by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address. The Commission is putting forward a set of proposals to strengthen the EU’s health security framework, […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with BioNTech-Pfizer alliance to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a fourth contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the initial purchase of 200 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 100 million doses, to […]

Europe is ready to engage, von der Leyen tells annual EU Ambassadors’ Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “This is a moment for action. It is a moment to reach out, and make clear that Europe is ready to engage”, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told today European Union Ambassadors who have gathered for their 2020 annual conference […]

Speak up for health care workers’ safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Omnia Bakry, a 2nd year medical student from Sudan, studying at Ahfad university for women. 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 do not […]

5 ways the WTO can make investment easier and boost sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Stephenson, Policy and Community Lead, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum The WTO is negotiating an international framework to facilitate investment for development. This effort was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. […]

As we switch to cleaner energy, there are three dangers we must not overlook

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Demand for electricity could surpass demand for oil by 2040. One-fifth of the world’s energy consumption is met by electricity. The switch to renewable energy calls for greater focus on electricity security. […]

COVID-19: first go-ahead given to the new Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, MEPs adopted the Recovery and Resilience Facility, an instrument designed to help EU countries tackling the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees adopted the objectives, financing and the rules for providing funding from […]

Commission welcomes agreement on the modernisation of EU export controls

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on its proposal for a modernisation of EU export controls on sensitive dual-use goods and technologies. The changes agreed today will upgrade and strengthen the EU’s export control toolbox to […]

The silent code blue- a call for health worker’s safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nefal Numair, a 3rd year student of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Equal Pay Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioners Schmit and Dalli

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Women in the European Union still earn less than men. The gender pay gap in the EU-27 has slightly improved since last year: from 14.5% to 14.1% according to the latest Eurostat findings. The European Equal Pay Day marks the day when women symbolically […]

The European Union provides additional €17.2 million to support health systems in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has approved an additional €17.2 million through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) to support coronavirus preparedness in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. The EUTF support to the emergency health response in the Horn of Africa now reaches almost […]

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s regulation increasing tariffs on U.S. exports into the EU worth $4 billion will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. The countermeasures have been agreed by EU Member States since the U.S. has not yet provided the basis for […]

European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Vocational Skills Week 2020 will take place digitally across the European Union from 9 to 13 November 2020. It is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as part of the German Presidency […]

One life for another

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Wissal Idrissi is 18 years old, a third-year medical student in Fez, Morocco. 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 do not necessarily reflect […]

Illness in health workers: when the caregiver becomes the patient

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bruna C. Nichelatti, a 4th year medical student at the University of Blumenau (FURB), Brazil. 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 do not […]

Meeting the basic needs of our healthcare workers

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriela Yee Guzmán a 22-year old fifth-year medical student at Universidad Interamericana de Panamá. 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 do not necessarily […]

Countries are piling on record amounts of debt amid COVID-19. Here’s what that means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Public debt levels and deficits have hit records during the pandemic. Many experts argue it’s a sound means to fund the recovery. Such borrowing has been further enabled and […]

Rule of law conditionality: MEPs strike a deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries that disrespect the rule of law will risk losing access to EU funds, under a provisional deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. “Today’s agreement is a milestone for protecting EU values. For the first time, we have established a […]