Autumn 2020 Economic Forecast: Rebound interrupted as resurgence of pandemic deepens uncertainty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The coronavirus pandemic represents a very large shock for the global and EU economies, with very severe economic and social consequences. Economic activity in Europe suffered a severe shock in the first half of the year and rebounded strongly in the third quarter as […]

Be your all to give your all

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Michela Agius, a third-year medical student at the University of Malta. 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 IFMSA’s view […]

The world’s poorest people are owed $5.7 trillion, says Oxfam

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International • Last year, OECD members only gave 0.3% of their GNI to aid – less than the 0.7% promised. • 0.7% would help the world’s poorest countries meet the SDGs for […]

Robots and chatbots can help alleviate the mental health epidemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence COVID-19 has piled multiple additional pressures on to people’s mental health. • AI is already providing assistance in the mental health domain. • Having mental health technology in place is beneficial for […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch scheme of around €1.5 billion to compensate companies providing regional and long-distance public passenger transport services in the Netherlands for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the emergency containment […]

Commission introduces surveillance of imports of bioethanol, and remains open to examining requests from other sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As from today, the Commission is introducing surveillance of imports into the EU of renewable fuel ethanol (‘bioethanol’). In the context of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, imports of bioethanol have significantly increased in the last months, at low prices. The European bioethanol […]

COVID-19, higher education and the impact on society: what we know so far and what could happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Conrad Hughes, Campus & Secondary School Principal, La Grande Boissière, International School of Geneva COVID exposes existing tensions regarding the value of university education. COVID means universities might shrink or implode. Universities are cornerstones of society and must […]

Here’s why the business of sustainability has come of age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC & Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) There is a unique opportunity for businesses to lead the way when it comes to sustainable investments. But it needs the support of […]

Our health workforce: A light in the dark

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lisbeth R. Sosa Pinedo, a fifth-year medical student at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 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 […]

2021 EU budget must focus on supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The main focus of the 2021 budget should be to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation. Next year’s budget – the first of the 2021-2027 financing period – should “promote fair, inclusive […]

EU budget talks: Council rejects Parliament’s breakthrough proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP’s negotiators made a breakthrough proposal on Wednesday on the critical issue of how to count the costs of common debt in the next long-term EU budget. Council has rejected it blindly. At the 10th trilateral dialogue, Parliament and Council representatives reviewed all pending […]

InvestEU Fund: boost for sustainable, innovative and social investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme. On Wednesday evening, MEPs from the Budgetary and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees adopted with 71 votes to 17 […]

‘Everything is still to be agreed’: informal talks between Parliament and Council on Rule of law conditionality continue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Talks will continue in November, when the co-legislators will meet for the fifth trilogue on a mechanism to link EU funds to respect for rule of law. After concluding the fourth round of informal legislative negotiations with the Council, EP negotiators said on Thursday: […]

Still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in all EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Press Statement by EP Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis and Women’s Rights Committee Chair Evelyn Regner after the publication of the 2020 Gender Equality Index. In the context of the first European Gender Equality Week, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) released its 2020 Gender […]

Team Europe: EU provides €100 million to Mozambique for education, health and social protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the Government of Mozambique have today signed a budget support programme worth €100 million to respond to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, commented: “With this contribution, the European Union will support Mozambique’s Government in […]

Protecting Health Workers’ Safety Around the World

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Leah Sarah Peer is a medical student at Saint James School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois class of 2022. 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 […]

Humanitarian Aid: EU provides €8.1 million for most vulnerable in South and South-East Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is providing €8.1 million in humanitarian aid for the Philippines, Nepal, and countries in the South-East Asian region to support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters, and the consequences of man-made conflicts. Funding from this aid package will go for […]

Commission report: Europe’s nature under threat as world suffers worst year on record for forest fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Joint Research Centre of the Commission presented the 20th edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, covering 2019. In what was the worst-ever year for forest fires around the world in recent history, […]

Health Care Workers’ Safety and Health as Assets in the Fight Against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Silmi Zahra, currently working a medical clerkship in Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. 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 […]

Coronavirus: Von der Leyen presents new preparedness and response measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen warned today that situation with COVID-19 was very serious in nearly all EU countries, and called for responsibility to be taken at all levels to slow down the spread of the virus. “Our goal is […]

Can we ensure patients’ safety without taking care of healthcare workers?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriele Montipó, a second-year medical student at the UniversidadeEstadual do Oeste do Paraná, in Francisco Beltrão, 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 […]

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today proposes an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work. When set at adequate levels, minimum wages do not only have a positive social impact […]

Meeting the basic needs of our healthcare workers

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms Gabriela Yee Guzmán is 22 years old, currently a 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 […]

Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has disbursed a total of €17 billion to Italy, Spain and Poland in the first instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Italy has received €10 billion, Spain €6 billion, and Poland […]

Healthcare workers’ safety: a forgotten necessity

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms Fatina Munawar, a final year medical student at Quaid e Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 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 […]

Latest Eurobarometer survey (July-August): Economic situation is EU citizens’ top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future. In the new Standard Eurobarometer survey released today, European citizens identify […]

Coronavirus: additional ventilators dispatched to Czechia via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following Thursday’s announcement by President von der Leyen that the EU is sending 30 ventilators from the rescEU medical reserve, Austria and the Netherlands are now also answering Czechia’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. With 15 ventilators from Austria, 105 […]

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 ofBlumenau (FURB). 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 […]

The United Nations, 75 years young: Engaging youth social entrepreneurs to accelerate the SDGs

This article was written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. This year, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary – a milestone […]

A greener, fairer, and more robust EU farm policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s future farm policy should be more flexible, sustainable, and crisis-resilient, so that farmers can continue to deliver food security across the EU. MEPs on Friday adopted their position on the post-2022 EU farm policy reform. The EP negotiating team is now ready […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs called for the digital gap in Europe to be closed, as the pandemic exacerbated inequalities in the EU, making it difficult for many to access school education.  The resolution was adopted on Thursday by 593 votes in favour, 58 against and 36 abstentions. […]

Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs adopted proposals on how the EU can best regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation, ethical standards and trust in technology. The European Parliament is among the first institutions to put forward recommendations on what AI rules should include […]

White Coat, Stained red

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aramva Bikram Adhikari, a 3rd year medical student at Maharajgunj Medical Campus Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal. 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 […]