Forest fires: European Commission is stepping up its preparations for the forest fire season 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To be prepared for any large-scale wild fires this season, the European Commission has set up a strengthened European fleet of 11 firefighting planes and 6 helicopters hosted across Member States under the rescEU system. The Commission also issued guidelines to Member States to […]

COVID-19 vaccines have been around for half a year, what have we learned so far?

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 Signs are so far encouraging in terms protection, safety, and saving lives. More than 2 billion doses have been administered globally. However, many people may not receive a single […]

EU and UK reach agreement in principle on fishing opportunities for the remainder of 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and the United Kingdom concluded today the negotiations on an agreement in principle setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for 2021. This was finalised  in a phone call this afternoon between Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, […]

India 2020: second worst hit country in the world

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Juwairiah Abdur Raheem is a 3rd year medical student studying in Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Telangana, India. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers […]

5 things we can do in 2021 that will protect the ocean and change lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristian Teleki, Director of Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum, and Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute The stars are aligned around five actions that together will deliver food security, sustainable jobs, climate resilience, justice and […]

Why 2021 is the year to highlight how critical water sources are for the climate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Bell, Strategy & Special Projects, Desolenator Water sources on earth drive how weather and climate are regulated. Human activity is currently altering ocean acidity, temperature and circulation. By bringing water to the forefront of COP26’s climate discussions, […]

3 reasons manufacturing in 2021 will focus on connecting workers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lawrence Whittle, CEO, Parsable The COVID-19 pandemic has shown industrial businesses the importance of a healthy workforce and the need to create positive work environments physically and virtually. The sector is facing a lack of digital tools and […]

These are 2021’s most innovative companies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Formative Content Three-quarters of companies say innovation is a priority, according to new research. But only 20% of businesses are ready and equipped to innovate. Innovative companies, from Apple to Walmart, are recovering more quickly from […]

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. […]

5 ways social enterprise funders can act differently in 2021

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lior Ipp, Chief Executive Officer, Roddenberry Foundation The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the fragility of global systems and created a new awareness around glaring inequities; Many organizations, including the World Economic Forum’s COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, […]

Macao: EU reports on political and economic developments in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the High Representative have adopted their latest annual report to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on political and economic developments in the Macao Special Administrative Region, covering 2020. The report highlights that, in 2020, the ‘One Country, […]

These are the world’s best universities in 2021

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 MIT stays at the top for the ninth consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings. The top 10 is made up of universities from the UK, the US and one from […]

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 […]

EU Budget 2021 approved: supporting the recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Commitment appropriations for 2021 total €164.3 billion; payment appropriations total €166.1 billion. The details of the 4 December agreement between Parliament and Council are available here. After Council formally approved the agreement with Parliament on Monday, Parliament approved the budget on Friday by 540 […]

European Commission to issue €62.9 billion worth bonds under existing programmes in 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today confirmed its plan for bond issuances in 2021 under its existing borrowing programmes. These include the SURE instrument to support short-term employment schemes in the EU Member States, the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM) to refinance debt to two […]

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 […]

These Harvard scientists think we’ll have to socially distance until 2022

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Not enough is known about COVID-19 to predict its future course. There is a strong risk that a second spike in infections could overwhelm healthcare systems once lockdowns are lifted. Some form […]

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus concerns

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would go ahead in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision after Japanese Prime […]

Except Poland, can climate change also wait until 2021 for the EU Market Stability Reserve to be launched?

The EU member states came to an agreement last Wednesday regarding the set up of the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) which will eventually lead to further discussions and negotiations with the European Parliament (EP) on the 30th of March. The starting date of the MSR is proposed to be 2021, in contrast with what “big” countries […]