What is a Consumer Price Index and why is it important?

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 A Consumer Price Index (CPI) records the price of a wide range of goods and services in a country to keep track of inflation. It can include anything from a loaf of […]

How digitalization of industries can empower humanity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice-President; Head, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson 5G can play a pivotal role in transforming industries to be more flexible, productive and sustainable. But the digital evolution will also affect human work – […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: strengthening our renewed partnership in turbulent times

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and the US have today reaffirmed their close cooperation to address global trade and technology challenges in line with their shared commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights. Meeting at the second Ministerial Meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in […]

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 […]

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 […]

How startups drive economic recovery while growing responsibly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Startups are crucial in bringing about societal change as well as driving economic recovery and responsible growth. Ahead of Davos 2022, we asked the CEOs of Global Innovators and Technology Pioneers […]

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 […]

First meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and UK parliamentarians will gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss the state of EU-UK relations and the war in Ukraine. The first meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (PPA), established by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

17 ways technology could change the world by 2027

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from […]

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 […]

Mergers: Commission seeks feedback on proposed simplification measures regarding merger procedures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on the draft revised Merger Implementing Regulation (‘Implementing Regulation’) and the Notice on Simplified Procedure. In August 2016, the Commission launched a thorough review process of the merger procedural […]

Most of the world’s ocean is unprotected. This is why that needs to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, Government of Nigeria & Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Government of Belgium More than three billion people rely on the ocean […]

Common charger: Parliament commits to reducing electronic waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is ready to start negotiations on a common charger to reduce e-waste and make the use of different mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras more convenient. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted its position on the amended Radio Equipment Directive on […]

New European Bauhaus: five lighthouse projects to be financed across Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing the five selected projects for the €25 million call for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators‘ of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). The Commission is currently negotiating grant agreements with the selected beneficiaries. The projects will create more sustainable, inclusive, […]

How ports can be transformed into energy hubs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp To create fundamental societal change to mitigate the climate crisis, we need cross-sector collaboration and collective commitment. But lack of trust in modern society is increasingly hindering this type of approach. The […]

MEPs begin revising rules on EU elections, calling for pan-European constituency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has started the reform of the EU’s Electoral Act, seeking to turn the 27 separate elections and their diverging rules into a single European election. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report that seeks to overhaul the rules for European elections. The […]

European Health Union: A European Health Data Space for people and science

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across […]

‘Agile governance’ could redesign policy on data protection. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Davis, Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Visiting Professor in Cybersecurity, UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, Mark Esposito, Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University & Landry Signé, […]

Why least developed countries are switching to ‘services-based’ economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brendan Vickers, Adviser and Head, International Trade Policy, Commonwealth Secretariat, Salamat Ali, International Trade Economist, The Commonwealth Secretariat & Neil Balchin, Economic Adviser – Trade Policy Analysis, The Commonwealth Secretariat Cross-sectoral labour movements during the Istanbul Programme of […]

CEOs and top leaders share advice for grads and the tips they’d give themselves

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum Subscribe to Meet The Leader on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Meet The Leader is a fortnightly podcast from the World Economic Forum that features the world’s top changemakers, showcasing the habits […]

From cholera to COVID: a brief history of vaccines

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. The idea of vaccinating people against deadly disease dates back centuries. Today, vaccines save four million lives every year. And the COVID-19 pandemic saw the most rapid vaccine development ever. To mark World Immunization Week, we look back at […]

Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs’, are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to […]

Vaccine hesitancy in COVID-19: how can we approach it with efficient communication strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. CYUBAHIRO Karangwa Verite, MD’25, and UWASE Sandrine, MD’26, two medical students from the University of Rwanda, Rwanda. They are 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 […]

New trade defence tool to protect EU firms from distortive foreign subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on International Trade backed a proposal designed to counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies granted to companies operating in the EU. The draft law, as adopted by the Committee on International Trade by 42 votes unanimously, gives the EU Commission the power to investigate […]

ESG – how can we measure how ‘good’ companies are?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum ESG stands for ‘environmental, social and governance’ issues. Investors are increasingly putting money into companies that claim good ESG performance. But how do we measure that? An expert explains on this […]

Making the metaverse mainstream is about the user experience. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jane Lu, Global Shaper, Taipei Hub, & Andrea Chang, Partner, NGC Metaverse Ventures; MBA Candidate at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, The metaverse – essentially a 3D version of the internet – is the next big thing […]

Which European countries have the most digital skills?

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 Over half of people in the European Union had at least basic digital skills in 2021, new data shows. The Netherlands, Finland and Ireland scored highest, says Eurostat. While Romania, Bulgaria and […]

Digital Services Act: Commission welcomes political agreement on rules ensuring a safe and accountable online environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the swift political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the proposal on the Digital Services Act (DSA), proposed by the Commission in December 2020. The DSA sets out an unprecedented new standard for the accountability […]