3 anti-corruption takeaways from the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair, Transparency International, Nicola Bonucci, Partner, Investigations & Compliance, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker Rachel Davidson Raycraft, Judicial Law Clerk, US District Courts The war in Ukraine has shown how financial markets and anti-corruption are […]

Ukraine: Commission presents guidance to help people fleeing war access jobs, training and adult learning

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine and its civilians, over 7 million people have fled Ukraine and reached the EU. So far, only a relatively small number of those of working age have entered the EU labour market, though the number […]

State aid: Commission approves 500 million Finnish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved an €500 million scheme to support companies active in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) […]

EU sets up €20 million support for Ukrainian start-ups through European Innovation Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched an ambitious €20 million action to support the Ukrainian innovation community. Through a targeted amendment of the 2022 European Innovation Council (EIC) work programme, the new initiative will support at least 200 Ukrainian deep tech start-ups with up to […]

Ukraine: EU boosts operational support to humanitarian organisations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As humanitarian needs continue to rise in Ukraine due to the illegal Russian invasion, the EU is providing direct operational support to aid organisations working inside the country. In this regard, the EU has set-up and fully funded two warehouses in Ukraine, respectively in […]

Russian war crimes in Ukraine: EU supports the International Criminal Court investigation with €7.25 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a new project, under its Foreign Policy Instrument, to support the investigation capacities of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with €7.25 million. This project, which was first announced by HRVP in Kyiv, is part of the EU’s efforts […]

EU and US agree to strengthen coordination on the enforcement of export controls on Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the US Commerce Department have agreed to strengthen coordination on the enforcement of export controls on Russia, building on the excellent cooperation under the US-EU Trade and Technology Council. In a meeting in Brussels, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, […]

Russia’s war on Ukraine: EU adopts sixth package of sanctions against Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the sixth package of restrictive measures against Russia. Sanctions are among the EU’s most visible, direct and powerful responses to Russia’s brutal and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, including systemic violence and atrocities against the civilian population. This […]

Building jobs for Ukraine: How one recruitment company supported those fleeing war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alain Dehaze, Chief Executive Officer, The Adecco Group Adecco Group had more than 1,700 associates and colleagues working in Ukraine when Russian forces invaded in February. The company quickly set up the Jobs for Ukraine platform, to support […]

‘This is a war for our identity’: Q&A with Ukraine’s foreign minister

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba was in conversation with the World Economic Forum at Davos 2022. From sanctions, to NATO and energy, he spoke with CNBC’s […]

Ukraine: The Commission proposes rules on freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs violating restrictive measures and of criminals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures. […]

EU disburses €600 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed €600 million in Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. Following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion, this urgent financial support helps Ukraine address its acute financing gap related to its exceptional humanitarian and defence needs. […]

Russian war crimes in Ukraine: Commission welcomes European Parliament’s adoption of Eurojust’s reinforced mandate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Parliament adopted the Commission’s proposal to reinforce Eurojust’s mandate to collect and preserve evidence of war crimes. Following the provisional agreement by the EU Ambassadors yesterday, it would now be for EU Ministers to formally adopt the amended Eurojust Regulation before […]

Ukraine: MEPs want a special international tribunal for crimes of aggression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The special international tribunal should investigate Russian leaders and military commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. In the resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament calls on the EU to take all necessary action in international proceedings and courts to support […]

EU must strengthen support for citizens and businesses and help for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for funding to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, by confiscating Russian oligarchs’ assets, new EU own resources, and using the existing EU budget fully. Adopting a resolution on the economic and social consequences for the EU of Russia’s […]

EIB Board approves €4 billion credit line along with the EMBRACE Advisory Platform to support the integration of refugees from Ukraine in EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The €4 billion credit line aims to support EU Member States hosting people fleeing from Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine and to develop vital public infrastructure for refugees and host communities. The Board approval follows the EIB’s pledge at the global fundraising event “Stand […]

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports set for fast-track approval

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The International Trade Committee gave their green light on Monday for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy. MEPs in the International Trade Committee approved a proposal of the temporary trade liberalisation of Ukrainian products, […]

Commission boosts Horizon Europe budget to support green, health and digital innovations and displaced researchers of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted the amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, increasing the budget by nearly €562 million to further support EU Missions towards innovative solutions to green, health and digital challenges and more actions to boost the European innovation ecosystem. […]

Ukrainians with disabilities are being left behind. It’s time for concerted humanitarian action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bincheng Mao, Global Shaper, New York Hub People with disabilities in Ukraine are not being fully served by current humanitarian structures. Inclusion and accessibility must be more thoroughly integrated into crisis response plans. The international community should support […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to grant them access to essential health services. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 462 votes in favour, 19 against and 89 abstentions, MEPs strongly condemn the use […]

Russia must return stolen airplanes, demand MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs applaud European transport and tourism operators for helping refugees from Ukraine, demand Russia return stolen airplanes and call on the EU to tighten sanctions on Russia. European transport operators are offering Ukrainian citizens free travel by train, bus, ship or plane and this […]

EU announces an additional €52 million to support the long-term resilience, recovery and reforms in the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union will mobilise an additional €52 million for the Republic of Moldova to advance the country’s long term resilience, recovery and reforms, in particular via the implementation of the flagships foreseen in the Economic and Investment plan for its Eastern partners and […]

Eurobarometer: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU Member States published today shows large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The majority of Europeans think that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) […]

State aid: Commission approves German umbrella scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a German umbrella scheme with a budget of around €11 billion to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission […]

What is the EU doing to end its reliance on Russian energy?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Russia is the EU’s leading supplier of oil, gas and coal imports. But the EU has a plan to end its dependence on Russian energy by 2030. Accelerating the switch to renewable […]

How did one European country free itself from Russian gas?

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 Lithuania recently announced it no longer needs Russian gas imports. Many countries aim to cut energy ties with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. This shift points a new […]

Ukraine: EU boosts humanitarian aid with additional €50 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As heavy fighting and missile strikes continue to destroy critical civilian infrastructure, humanitarian needs in Ukraine remain extremely high. Despite access and security constraints, EU humanitarian partners are providing assistance to vulnerable people in different regions of Ukraine. The EU is allocating a further […]

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine need not hinder climate progress. Here’s why

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 Many countries don’t want to continue buying Russia’s fossil fuels following its invasion of Ukraine. But efforts to tap other sources and ease prices may hinder climate progress. Previous […]

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has […]

Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. With 509 votes to 3 and 47 abstentions, the European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution recalling […]

MEPs frontload 3.4 billion euro to address Ukrainian refugees’ needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will immediately receive €3.4 billion, MEPs decided on Thursday. Following Parliament’s green light to redirect EU regional and asylum funding to EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during the last […]

State aid: Commission approves French liquidity scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a French scheme that enables up to €155 billion in liquidity support for companies across all sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme is the first approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted […]

Russia is the world’s largest exporter of petroleum products – but what exactly are they?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content The United States recently banned oil and gas imports from Russia. But Russia is the world’s largest exporter of all oil products. So, what are these products and how are they used? […]