Tourism MEPs advocate common criteria for safe and clean travel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU criteria for safe and clean tourism, including a common vaccination certificate, should be a part of a new EU strategy on sustainable tourism, said MEPs. The draft resolution on establishing an EU strategy for sustainable tourism, adopted by Transport and Tourism Committee on […]

Tigray conflict: Joint Statement by HR/VP Borrell and Commissioner Lenarčič on massacres in Axum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission and Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, issued the following Joint Statement: “Amnesty International issued a report today on atrocities that took place in Axum, Ethiopia, in November […]

Commission initiates an investigation to decide whether to prolong the steel safeguard measure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has initiated an investigation to assess whether the safeguard measure currently in place on imports of certain steel products should be prolonged beyond 30 June 2021. The initiation of this investigation follows a duly substantiated request received from twelve EU Member […]

Building a Climate-Resilient Future – A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must […]

Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launches the first-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. Platform work is developing rapidly in the EU across a growing number of business sectors. It can offer increased […]

Building a Climate-Resilient Future – A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must […]

Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To ensure that citizens can continue to enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, the Commission proposed today a new Roaming Regulation. At a time when non-essential travel is discouraged, this is an important action in preparing a brighter future. The […]

President von der Leyen joins the Global Citizen campaign to end COVID-19 and kick start a global recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We have to fight the pandemic right now, but we also have to address its broader impact on the most vulnerable and tackle the root causes,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, as she supported today the launch of the […]

EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission proposed today to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and […]

State aid: Commission approves €254 million Romanian aid to support rehabilitation of district heating system in Bucharest

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, Romanian plans to support the upgrade of the district heating system of the municipality of Bucharest. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €254 million aid measure, funded thanks to […]

Economic policy priorities for a post-pandemic recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A high-profile panel on Monday warned of the economic difficulties stemming from the pandemic, whilst noting that this crisis could offer the chance to rebuild EU economies. Kicking off the annual European Parliamentary Week, which sees MEPs and national parliamentarians meet to discuss EU […]

First calls under Horizon Europe to be launched by the European Research Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today presented the Work Programme 2021 for the European Research Council. This is the first work programme under Horizon Europe, Europe’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027. It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions […]

EU industry: Commission takes action to improve synergies between civil, defence and space industries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe’s technological edge and support its industrial base. The Action Plan is devised against the background that, for the first time, EU funding presents opportunities to […]

Von der Leyen discusses a new Transatlantic agenda at 2021 Munich Security Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Speaking at 2021 Special edition of the Munich Security Conference on 19 February, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen focused on climate change and digital transformation as two major topics that could be driving the EU-US new global agenda. She touched […]

New EU project to support readiness for vaccination efforts and resilient health systems in the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new regional project worth over €7 million to support safe and effective vaccination of the populations across the Western Balkans. This project will help prepare the region for the effective […]

Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU’s openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as […]

Nagorno-Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in humanitarian aid for conflict-affected civilians

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced today €3 million in humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the recent large scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, including a significant number of displaced people. Since the beginning of the hostilities in September 2020, the EU has mobilised a […]

Urban Waste Water: Commission decides to refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice over waste water treatment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided today to refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice for failure to comply with the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (Directive 91/271/EEC). The Directive requires Member States to ensure that urban agglomerations (towns, cities, settlements) […]

A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU’s agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism. The Joint Communication lays out the EU’s expectations of and ambitions for the multilateral system. Today’s proposal suggests to make use of all tools […]

Von der Leyen announces the start of HERA Incubator to anticipate the threat of coronavirus variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare Europe for an increased threat of coronavirus variants, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced today the start of European bio-defence preparedness plan called “HERA Incubator”. The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) Incubator will bring together […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved an approximately €1.4 billion (SEK 14 billion) Swedish scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

Strong EU trade enforcement rules enter into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Robust new trade enforcement rules have entered into force that will further strengthen the EU’s toolbox in defending its interests. With the update of the EU’s Trade Enforcement Regulation, the EU is able to act in a broader range of circumstances. The new rules […]

Hurdles on creating effective vaccine campaigns against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eulália Santos Gomes, 23 years old, a 3rd-year medical student of the University Center of Valença in Valença, Rio de Janeiro, 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 […]

EU is right place to tackle pandemic, but reform is needed, latest survey finds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Covid-19 pandemic has strengthened citizens’ beliefs that the European Union is the right place to develop effective solutions to tackle its effects. At the end of 2020, more respondents saw things on the right path at EU level in comparison with their own […]

MEPs strongly condemn continuing violence in Yemen and military coup in Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Humanitarian aid for Yemen must be increased, MEPs say, and urge the military in Myanmar to immediately reinstate the civilian government. Parliament condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen that has, since 2015, “degenerated into the worst humanitarian crisis in the […]

MEPs call for suspension of the launch of the Belarus nuclear plant in Ostrovets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs voice serious concerns over the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear plant in Belarus and demand that its commercial launch be suspended. In a resolution adopted with 642 votes to 29, with 21 abstentions, Parliament criticises the hasty commissioning of the Ostrovets nuclear plant […]

Human trafficking: stronger measures to protect women, children and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The use of sexual services provided by trafficking victims must be criminalised and harder measures to tackle its proliferation are needed, Parliament says. In a report adopted with 571 votes in favour, 61 against and 59 abstentions, Parliament assesses the 2011 EU Anti-trafficking Directive […]

COVID-19: MEPs extend relief measures for the transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To support the transport sector during the pandemic, MEPs revamped rules for the use of airport slots to prevent ghost flights, and extended the validity of some licences. Parliament temporarily suspended the ‘use it or lose it’ rule in March 2020 to stop airlines […]

New EU programme to support readiness for vaccination efforts in Eastern Partnership countries with WHO

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the European Union in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new regional programme worth over €40 million to provide critical assistance to ensure local readiness and preparedness for safe and effective vaccination of the population in each of the six […]

Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Europe remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The resurgence in the number of cases, together with the appearance of new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, have forced many Member States to reintroduce or tighten containment measures. At the same time, the […]

Regulate social media platforms to defend democracy, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs called for democratic oversight of tech giants to safeguard freedom of expression. In a debate with Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias from the Portuguese Presidency of the Council, and Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, almost all speakers criticised […]

COVID-19 vaccination: MEPs call for EU and global solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccines production to meet citizens’ expectations, MEPs say. In the plenary debate on Wednesday with the Portuguese Presidency and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, […]

Commission welcomes European Parliament’s approval of Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s vote today, confirming the political agreement reached on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) Regulation in December 2020. This marks an important step towards making €672.5 billion in loans and grants available to Member States to support […]