NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €12.1 million in pre-financing to Luxembourg

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €12.1 million to Luxembourg in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation. Luxembourg is one of the first countries receiving a pre-financing payment under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). It will help to kick-start the […]

Women’s place in medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luana Ferreira Furtani, a 24 years old  student from the 4th year of medicine in Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde de Barretos, 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 […]

EU invests €122 million in innovative projects to decarbonise the economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the first time since the creation of the Innovation Fund, the European Union is investing €118 million into 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. The grants will support projects aiming to bring low-carbon technologies to the […]

Commission opens infringement procedures against 12 Member States for not transposing EU rules banning unfair trading practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission opened infringement procedures against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector. The Directive on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain, adopted on 17 April 2019, ensures protection of […]

Mental health: these songs are proven to reduce stress

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 Scientists say listening to music reduces stress and even pain. Last year, 57% of Americans said music helped their mental health, more than watching TV or doing exercise. Researchers have discovered the […]

5 reasons why tropical forest protection should be central to corporate climate strategies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eron Bloomgarden, Executive Director, Emergent The climate crisis cannot be solved without ending tropical deforestation, which increased by 12% between 2019 and 2020. A jurisdictional approach to forest protection enables governments to drive systemic change at a national […]

Matilde and her struggle from the past, for the progress of the future

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Jacqueline Carolina Beltrán Molina, third grade student of medical career in the “Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador”. 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 […]

How decentralized finance will transform business financial services – especially for SMEs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder, SKUChain Decentralized finance (DeFi) is emerging as a tool for smaller businesses in developing markets, particularly for remittances and small loans; The transaction banking industry is beginning to see DeFi’s potential to overhaul the inflexibility […]

Less than 50% of Latin America has fixed broadband. Here are 3 ways to boost the region’s digital access

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Franz Drees-Gross, Director of Infrastructure, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank & Pepe Zhang, Associate Director, Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center • Latin America and the Caribbean have uneven and costly digital access. • Promoting […]

Women that inspire women

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Caroline Andrioni, a twenty-year-old woman and a third-year medical student at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), in the interior of Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

The historical performance of women in human health

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 with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Researchers say drinking coffee regularly is good for you. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Research suggests drinking coffee in moderation reduces the risk of chronic liver disease by a fifth. Coffee drinkers were found to be less likely to develop fatty liver disease, liver cancer or die […]

Technology can level the playing field for disabled people in the workforce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Talal Rafi, Global consultant One in six people worldwide have a disability – and faces economic exclusion. Ensuring digital transformation includes disabled people also brings larger economic benefits. Technology in the areas of edtech, fintech, remote working and […]

EU-UK relations: solutions found to help implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today put forward a balanced package of measures to address some of the most pressing issues related to the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. It demonstrates the EU’s strong commitment to finding creative solutions – including […]

This giant magnet could unlock zero-carbon electricity from nuclear fusion

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 Nuclear fusion could provide unlimited clean zero-carbon electricity. Up to now, experiments have failed to keep the reaction going for long enough. But now a giant magnet is at the core of […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Google has violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services in the so called “ad tech” supply chain, to the detriment of competing providers of advertising technology […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the manufacturing and distribution of garments sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 22 June 2021, the European Commission has carried out unannounced inspections in Germany at the premises of a company active in the sector of manufacturing and distribution of garments. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules […]

Female representation is a weapon against patriarchal prejudice

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ádrya Natálya Chaves Ribeiro da Silva and Letycia Fernandes de Godoy are second year medical students currently studying at the Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos in Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary meets for the first time

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Saturday 19 June, the inaugural Plenary meeting of the Conference on the Future of Europe was held in Strasbourg.  Today’s Plenary marks another important moment in the life of the Conference – an unprecedented, open and inclusive European democratic exercise. Following opening statements […]

After a year of pandemic, has Brazil learned anything?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Vitoria Fossari Geronasso, 21 years-old 3rd year medical student at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos from Brasília, 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 […]

Venezuela: EU reaffirms support to refugees and migrants at International Donors’ Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants the European Commission pledged €147 million, in addition to pledges by EU Member States, for immediate humanitarian assistance, medium and longer-term development assistance and conflict prevention interventions for Venezuelan refugees, migrants […]

EU boosts access to electricity in the Virunga area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission announces an additional €20 million to finance a new power plant in Rwanguba, that will provide a further 15 Megawatt of electricity. The European Union’s rapid response to the urgent environmental crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has helped […]

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching Talent Partnerships, a key initiative under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum that will help to address skills shortages in the European Union and to strengthen mutually-beneficial partnerships on migration with third countries. Matching the skills of workers […]

MEPs call for more sanctions against Belarus following ‘Ryanair hijacking’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the EU to punish those involved in forcing a plane to land in Minsk on 23 May and in the detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 626 votes in favour, 16 against and 36 abstentions, […]

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines. In a resolution adopted with 355 votes in favour, 263 against and 71 abstentions, Parliament proposes negotiations start for a temporary waiver of the WTO TRIPS […]

3 ways to build youth trust and engagement in public institutions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aleksander Dardeli, Executive Vice President, IREX Trust in public institutions it is at an all time low, and among youths it has been declining for years. Young people understand the power of protest but need access to institutions […]

State aid: Commission invites interested parties to provide comments on proposed draft Climate, Energy and Environmental State aid Guidelines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a targeted public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on the proposed revision of the Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy (“Energy and Environmental State aid guidelines” or “EEAG”). To cater for the increased […]

Political deal reached on seven-year funding for accession countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement on the instrument governing the 2021-2027 funding for countries on the path to EU membership. The co-legislators have agreed on the priorities, objectives and the governance of the modernised Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) […]

EU citizens still have broadly positive image of EU but ask for reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s latest public opinion survey shows support for EU remains high, despite the pandemic, but COVID-19 impact on personal finances felt or expected by more than half of Europeans. A new Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament and conducted between March and April […]

EU lawmakers strike milestone deal for corporate tax transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Legislators sealed a deal obliging multinationals to publically declare what taxes they pay in each EU country, overcoming five years of foot-dragging by some governments. The deal struck on Tuesday night between European Parliament and Council negotiators sets in place rules that require multinationals […]

What will a post-pandemic economy look like? Here’s what chief economists expect

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silja Baller, Insights Lead, Frontier Insights, World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum’s most-recent Chief Economists Survey shows most expect a recovery of global GDP to its pre-COVID-19 level by the first half of 2022. Respondents see the […]

Ukraine: EU allocates €25.4 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its eighth year, the European Commission has announced €25.4 million in humanitarian aid to help people still suffering from the ongoing hostilities. This brings the total of EU humanitarian aid to €190 million since the start of […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: inaugural Plenary, Citizens’ event in June

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Executive Board today approved the calendar of Plenary meetings and European Citizens’ Panels, with the series of events starting next month. The inaugural Conference Plenary will take place on 19 June 2021, in Strasbourg, with remote and physical participation, in full compliance with […]