57 organizations release open letter for EU to act on ESG

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. 57 organizations released an open letter for the European Union to act on ESG disclosure standards. They encourage the European Commission to promote a global baseline set of standards through supporting the IFRS Foundation on the launch of the […]

An invisible enemy and a virtual (yet real) world

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Leo Victor Kim is an eighteen-year-old korean-brazilian first-year medical student in Campinas State University (UNICAMP), which is among the best medical courses in Brazil. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Turkey: a serious diplomatic crisis that can still be avoided

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The announcement that ten ambassadors have been expelled from Turkey can only be understood as an attempt to divert attention from the real urgent issues, state MEPs. Parliament Standing Rapporteur for Turkey Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES) and the Chair of the EU-Turkey Parliamentary […]

As the world gathers for COP26, here’s how leaders can dispel ESG confusion

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Colas, Partner; Vice-Chairman, Financial Services, Americas, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) The true litmus test of net-zero proposals at COP26 will be the degree to which the public and private sectors commit to agree on priorities and determine […]

How digitization can make the fashion industry more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ankiti Bose, Co-founder & CEO, Zilingo The fashion industry is rightfully vilified for being environmentally unsustainable. It takes over 4,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans and most of that water is not recycled. The […]

MEPs to discuss possible EU budget fraud with Slovakian minister of Agriculture

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Potential large-scale fraud involving a Slovakian paying agency will be discussed on Monday at 16:45 with Slovakian Minister of Agriculture Samuel Vlčan. The debate in the Budgetary Control Committee will focus on following up on the investigation conducted by the EU Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the animal health sector in Belgium

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections at the premises of a pharmaceutical company active in animal health in Belgium. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have infringed the EU antitrust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant position. The […]

EU disburses €600 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine to address the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic

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. This is the second and final tranche under Ukraine’s current MFA programme following the first €600 million disbursement in December 2020. With this disbursement, the […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: second Plenary session concludes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Saturday 23 October, the second Conference Plenary meeting took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss citizens’ contributions. The 80 representatives of the European Citizens’ Panels took their seats as Members of the Plenary and discussions focused on citizens’ contributions from: […]

The impact of the pandemic on mental health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura Nakatani Kunioka, a third-year medical student at Unicesumar, Brazil. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

As heavy as an elephant: anxiety and loss of life expectancy in young Brazilians

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura A. Martinhago, a 18 years old from Maringá-PR Brazil and a medical student at Unicesumar University. 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 writer and […]

The Masked Plague: How the mental health pandemic will soon resurface among the youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Katerina Drakos, a 5th year medical student from the Lisbon School of Medicine and is a member of the Medical Students Association of Portugal. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Parliament to hold its second European Gender Equality Week

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP committees and delegations will hold a series of discussions and public hearings on topics related to gender equality. Following the success of the edition, launched by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee in October 2020, the European Parliament will hold a second […]

The Commission makes Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps more inclusive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted a framework to increase the inclusiveness and diversity of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes for the period 2021-2027. The measures deliver on the commitment by President von der Leyen‘s Commission to substantially reinforce both programmes, not only […]

European Health Union: Commission establishes portfolio of 10 most promising treatments for COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Delivering on a key action from the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics, the Commission is today establishing a portfolio of 10 potential COVID-19 therapeutics. The list established is based on independent scientific advice, and focuses on COVID-19 treatment candidates that are likely to be […]

Tunisia: Deep concern about the powers concentrated in the President’s hands

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. State institutions in Tunisia must return to functioning normally, MEPs say, urging the authorities to resume an inclusive national dialogue. In a resolution on the situation in Tunisia, MEPs express deep concern that powers are too greatly concentrated in the hands of the president […]

EP asks for part of Frontex budget to be frozen until key improvements are made

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs agreed to close the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency’s accounts for 2019, but asked for part of next year’s budget to be frozen. The recommendation to grant the so-called discharge to Frontex for management of its 2019 budget received 558 votes in […]

A wide look on the mental health status of the cream of the community, the youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jibin Chacko, an incoming senior clerk & a bonafide medical student of Gullas College of Medicine , University of the Visayas, Philippines. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

COVID-19: Parliament wants more transparent EU vaccine policies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vaccine development, purchasing and distribution in the EU needs to become more transparent, say MEPs. In a resolution adopted with 458 in favour, 149 against and 86 abstentions, Parliament calls for legislation to make the process of researching, purchasing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines more […]

Climate change: raise global ambitions to achieve strong outcome at COP26

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament pushes for accelerated climate action worldwide and for the EU to remain a world leader in fighting climate change. Parliament has adopted its position on the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, taking place from 31 October to 12 November, with 527 […]

Pandora Papers: MEPs call for investigations, clampdowns and new laws

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament on Thursday called for thorough investigations to be launched into any wrongdoing exposed by the Pandora Papers that took place in EU jurisdictions. Adopting a resolution by 578 votes in favour, 28 against and 79 abstentions, MEPs identified what they see as the […]

Protecting critical infrastructure from a cyber pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Kaye, Head, Executive Briefing Center, Check Point Software Technologies, Mitch Muro, IoT Security Product Marketing Manager, Check Point Software Technologies & Katerina Megas, Program Manager for Cyber Security for IoT, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) […]

MEPs call for minimum social standards for artists and cultural workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the Commission to propose a “European Status of the Artist”, setting out a common framework for working conditions and minimum standards for all EU countries. Member states should also ensure that freelancers and the self-employed, including artists and cultural workers, have […]

European media needs support to recover from pandemic and face future challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament voices concerns about attacks on EU media in some member states and calls for urgent action to help news media be fit for the “Digital Decade”. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday by 577 votes to 47 and 76 abstentions, MEPs push for […]

Main messages from the Tripartite Social Summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU leaders and social partners met, via video conference, at the Tripartite Social Summit to discuss “transforming Europe’s recovery into long-term sustainable growth supporting more and better jobs”. The summit participants intervened on the following questions: how to achieve a successful, lasting and socially […]

COVID-19 and its Implications on Mental Health of Youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Iqra Nawaz, a third-year medical student at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

New EU farm to fork strategy to make our food healthier and more sustainable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs present plans revamping the EU’s food systems, to produce healthier food, ensure food security, a fair income for farmers and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint. Parliament welcomes the Farm to Fork strategy and underlines the importance of producing sustainable and healthy food to achieve […]

Alexei Navalny awarded the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have awarded Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala announced the 2021 laureate in the Strasbourg plenary chamber on Wednesday afternoon, following an earlier decision by the Conference […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary to discuss citizens’ contributions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This weekend, the Conference Plenary will discuss reports from the European Citizens’ Panels, national panels and events, the EYE and the Platform. This Conference Plenary meeting represents two major milestones in the context of the Conference. On the one hand, the 80 representatives of […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

Moldova: EU highlights the need for continued implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union has published a report on the Association Implementation of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement. The report is published ahead of the 6th EU-Moldova Association Council on 28 October. It concludes that, while the second half of 2020 saw Moldova […]

The effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hijab Mustunsar, a Final Year student of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakitsan. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

How steel is proving a critical component in transport’s journey to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, AB Volvo Radical decarbonization is possible if the steel, transport and infrastructure industries work together. Hydrogen has the potential to deliver far-reaching change, replacing fossil fuels in everything from steel production to transportation. […]