Digital Markets Act: EP committee endorses agreement with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Digital Markets Act sets obligations for large online platforms acting as “gatekeepers” and enables the Commission to sanction non-compliant behaviour. On Monday, Parliament’s Internal Market Committee endorsed the provisionally reached agreement with EU governments on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) with 43 votes […]

Commission proposes to further reinforce key rules for EU budget management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed targeted adjustments to the European Union’s financial rules, known as the Financial Regulation. The main objective of the proposal is to align existing rules with the current long-term budget 2021-2027, and make further improvements to the already existing very […]

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has posed new challenges, just as the Union had recovered from the economic impacts of the pandemic. By exerting further […]

EU allocates €25 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU announces today €25 million in humanitarian aid to meet the basic needs of vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Over 2 million Palestinian women, children and men in the Occupied Territories and Gaza Strip are in need of […]

Coronavirus: Commission secures an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer to adapt delivery schedules to Member States’ needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the vaccine developers, BioNTech and Pfizer, reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the months ahead. This will ensure Member States have access to the vaccines when they need them – including future […]

The role of healthcare providers and academics in addressing vaccine hesitancy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Cyubahiro Karangwa Verite, and Ms. Uwase Sandrine, two medical students from the University of Rwanda, Rwanda. They 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 and do […]

Normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Burhansyah Azhar, a medical student from Indonesia at his 6th medical year in Kasr el Ainy Medical School, Cairo University, Egypt. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Why we need global cooperation on decarbonizing cities and real estate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Ulbrich, Global Chief Executive Officer; President, JLL Given more than 60% of carbon emissions within cities typically come from buildings, a concerted effort to decarbonize real estate is needed sooner rather than later. With little harmonization or […]

3 urban energy innovations with global implications

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miguel Eiras Antunes, Global Smart Cities Leader, Deloitte & Lisa Chamberlain, Communication Lead, Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum Climate change warnings and the current energy crisis have highlighted the urgent need for clean energy solutions. From buildings to […]

Feel the metaverse with your bare hands – using ultrasonic waves

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Emerge, a Californian tech start-up, says it is bringing physical touch to the metaverse. Virtual handshakes and objects will feel like real tactile experiences. Ultrasonic waves help create the sensation of touch. […]

Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs are in favour of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Wednesday, with 46 votes in favour, 40 against […]

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. In the past ten years, digital technologies and the way children […]

Corporate taxation: Commission proposes tax incentive for equity to help companies grow, become stronger and more resilient

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a debt-equity bias reduction allowance, or DEBRA, to help businesses access the financing they need and to become more resilient. This measure will support businesses by introducing an allowance that will grant to equity the same tax treatment […]

How to increase COVID-19 vaccination through effective communication

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bisma Naveed, a 4th year medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. With 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported worldwide in 2021 alone, and many more going unreported, child sexual abuse is pervasive. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Cybersecurity of 5G networks: EU publishes report on the security of Open RAN

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, published a report on the cybersecurity of Open RAN. This new type of 5G network architecture will in the coming years provide an alternative way of […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises a further €9 billion in support of Europe’s recovery and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today issued a further €9 billion in a dual tranche transaction under the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument. The deal is the 9th syndicated transaction under NextGenerationEU, and the 4th of 2022. It consisted of a new 3-year bond of €6 billion […]

Metsola: This is the moment to answer Europe’s call

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola received citizens’ contributions for a better, stronger and fairer Europe during the Conference on the Future of Europe closing ceremony. In her speech, President Metsola spoke about the reality of a gap which exists between what people […]

Tired all the time? Here’s a formula for the perfect night’s sleep

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content A study of half a million people has led scientists to new insights on the way we sleep. The joint British/Chinese study pinpointed the ideal number of sleep hours we need. Sleep […]

Africa’s motorbike taxis are going electric – saving money and cutting emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Rwandan electric motorcycle start-up Ampersand has just been named one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022. The e-motos produce 75% less lifecycle greenhouse emissions than petrol motorbikes, and are cheaper […]

Insider threats: how the ‘Great Resignation’ is impacting data security

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jony Fischbein,Chief Information Security Officer, Check Point Software Technologies The Great Resignation has seen the largest exodus of employees on record, putting pressure on employers to attract and retain talent. But the ‘turnover tsunami’ and working from home […]

Syria and the region: close to €6.4 billion mobilised during the 6th Brussels Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the international community pledged close to €6.4 billion for 2022 and beyond during the sixth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’, organised by the European Union. The funding will help people in Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting […]

Hesitance of COVID-19 vaccination: how to tackle with effective communications strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Anthony Collins, a third year Medical Student from UWI Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. He 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 and do not necessarily reflect […]

How data, digital platforms and collaboration can create systemic resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Veronica Scotti, Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re Management Ltd Climate change, the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 show us how systemic risks need a coordinated global response. Data richness and digital platforms are vital tools in building […]

Coronavirus: €17.7 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support dismissed Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,580 former workers of Air France, who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with €17.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). The funding will help these people find new […]

COVID-19 has equipped us with a toolbox to tackle future pandemics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn Misinformation and misunderstanding have been rampant throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, causing unequal vaccine uptake and prolonging the outbreak. But two years of managing the virus has equipped us with the knowledge […]

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. […]

European Commission and EIB sign an Agreement to enable further investments worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed an ambitious Guarantee Agreement through which the European Commission will support up to €26.7 billion of EIB financial operations to enable crucial public investments in sectors like clean energy, digital and transport infrastructure, […]

AI Procurement in a Box: Lessons in best practice from Brazil

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clara Clemente Langevin, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Brazil, Rafael Fassio, C4IR Brazil Fellow AI/ML and State Attorney, São Paulo State Government, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Brazil & […]

How can development agencies learn to thrive in a multi-crisis world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Patricia Danzi, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) The current world situation presents overwhelming challenges for development agencies. State and non-state actors must work together to achieve the SDGs. Humanitarian organizations must cultivate partnerships and agility […]

Could electrofuels help power a greener future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content Transportation is responsible for around 20% of global CO2 emissions. Electrofuels are being seen as a way of helping to decarbonize aviation and shipping. This new type of fuel is carbon neutral […]

Factors associated with vaccine hesitations against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Júlia de Moura Cassita, first year student of the medical course at Unicesumar, in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil and Mr. Manoel Flávio Silva Kanisky, studying medicine (seventh period) at Unicesumar, Maringá city. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner […]

The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Europe Day, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received the final report with proposals to reform the EU. In a closing ceremony today in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel […]