Long-term EU budget: The Union’s ambitions must be matched with sufficient reliable funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP negotiators for the post-2020 EU budget discussed their priorities with European Council President Charles Michel, ahead of a crucial plenary debate on the budget next week. In the meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday, MEPs reiterated their call for an […]

Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods […]

Cobalt mining is a global scandal. We must build an ethical battery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Pienaar, Global Vice-President, Corporate and Government Affairs, International Justice Mission (IJM) The thirst for green batteries is fuelling exploition in countries like the DRC. Exploitation is deeply rooted in the cobalt industry, but it is not inevitable. […]

Ukraine: €8 million in humanitarian aid to withstand winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission announced today an additional €8 million for the vulnerable people in Ukraine affected by the ongoing conflict in the east of the country. This funding brings EU humanitarian allocation to Ukraine in 2019 to €23 million. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis […]

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation. This landmark agreement is expected to result in reciprocal trade benefits and […]

CO2 emissions around the world

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 With all the conversation around climate change, emissions must be starting to fall, right? Well, no actually. Last year, global greenhouse gas emissions actually rose by 2.1%. That’s despite well-publicised commitments, such as […]

1 in 4 Africans had to pay a bribe to access public services last year

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 Having to pay a bribe for life-saving medicine and official documents like passports and driver’s licences would for many people seem unthinkable. But it’s the reality for more than a quarter of […]