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 […]

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 […]

MEPs debate high energy prices, rule of law, migration ahead of EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on European Council to tackle the energy price crisis and deal with rule-of-law offenders at its 21-22 October summit meeting. In a debate on Wednesday with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, representing the Slovenian […]

3 ways social innovators are driving systemic change, from creating sustainable fashion to supporting refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Programme and Engagement Lead, Europe and Americas – Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum Social innovators are helping address some of the most pressing issues of today. For example, they are providing solutions to fight climate change, […]

Aviation: EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Union and the State of Qatar today signed a comprehensive air transport agreement, upgrading rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU. The agreement sets a new global benchmark by committing both sides to fair competition, and by including social […]

State aid: Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Many companies in Italy have seen […]

Investment, bans and goals: Everything to know about the environment this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Call for urgent action on biodiversity; IEA calls […]

Mobile phone roaming: MEPs back extension of free roaming in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Industry Committee voted in favour of extending the “Roam like at Home” scheme for another ten years. The updated legislation, a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming fees, also makes adjustments aiming for better roaming services for travellers. According to the text […]

European Innovation Council announces new wave of start-up champions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s European Innovation Council has selected 65 innovative start-ups and SMEs to receive €363 million of funding for breakthrough innovations. Each company will receive a combination of grant financing and equity investment of up to €17 million to develop and scale up […]

EU-Ukraine Summit: Moving Forward Together

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the 23rd EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President, Charles […]

State aid: Commission invites comments on draft proposal to further facilitate implementation of aid measures promoting the green and digital transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting Member States and all other interested parties to comment on certain proposed amendments to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The purpose of the proposed revision is to reflect the changes to various sets of State aid Guidelines, which […]

7 billion ‘extra’ trees have been discovered in Africa – part of the continent’s ongoing efforts to restore and reforest the land

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 7 billion trees that hadn’t been counted before have been discovered in Africa. The collaboration between Google and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has also identified many opportunities for improved land […]

Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission launched today five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and […]

To lead the green energy future, solar must clean up its supply chains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Morgan Bazilian, Director, Professor of Public Policy, Payne Institute for Public Policy & Dustin Mulvaney, Professor, San José State University (SJSU) The rapid growth of the solar energy industry seen in recent years is expected to continue. Solar […]

The final countdown towards achieving 2030 Agenda

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mirza Zain Baig, a 3rd Year MBBS student in Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat and a member of IFMSA, Pakistan. 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 […]

Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The […]

Rule of law in Slovakia, Bulgaria: MEPs to meet with government, NGOs and media

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will travel to Slovakia and Bulgaria to assess respect for the rule of law there, as part of their ongoing monitoring of the situation across the EU The delegation will include the following MEPs: Sophie IN ‘T VELD (Renew, NL […]

Press remarks by Vice-President Jourová on the Recommendation on the safety of journalists and other media professionals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like first to pay tribute to the journalists who have paid the highest price for doing their job, those who risk their life every day to inform people, to scrutinise the action of the governments, to report on crimes. […]

Employers hold too much power over information. Workers must claim their data rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Byhovskaya, Senior Policy Adviser, Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD • The pandemic saw a steep increase in the accumulation of workplace data. • Most workers are poorly protected with respect to data access and […]

How China became EU’s biggest trading partner and why Brussels should maintain that by all means

In a disastrous pandemic year 2020 for the entire world and a global economy with recessions all over, there is good news about EU-China economic relations that the media severely underplayed. EU trade with China in 2020 was €586 billion whereas trade with US was €554. This means that in a remarkably turbulent year for […]

These Dutch cities are using the circular economy to conserve water

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Netherlands has a national strategy to fully embrace the circular economy by 2050. Amsterdam is working with utility companies to recycle used water. Rotterdam is filtering medicine residues from wastewater to […]

Women Leadership: Paths to a Humanized Medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Letícia Teixeira Pinheiro Guerra, a five year Medical Student at Centro Universitário Ingá (UNINGÁ), Maringá- PR, 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 […]

3 tech design principles to help curb digital repression

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Evîn Cheikosman, Project Coordinator, Data Policy, World Economic Forum & Emily Ratté, Project Coordinator, World Economic Forum & Marcus Burke, Research Analyst, Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum Activists and journalists are increasingly suppressed and silenced on […]

Republic of Senegal and Team Europe agree to build a manufacturing plant to produce vaccines against COVID-19 and other endemic diseases

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall, welcomes the support of Team Europe and other partners, including the United States and the World Bank Group, in the construction in Senegal of a facility for manufacturing vaccines against COVID-19 and other endemic […]

Remarks by Ambassador Zhang Ming at a Virtual Event Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China

This article was published in association with the Chinese Mission to EU On July 1, 2021, the Chinese Mission to the EU celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at a virtual event and presents to the EU the glorious history and achievements of the CPC over the […]

A hidden population of endangered whales has just been discovered – by nuclear bomb detectors

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 A rare population of pygmy blue whales has been discovered in the Indian Ocean by a nuclear bomb detector. It picked up the distinct sound of the whales’ song. Whales are one […]

This logistics company says a strong business purpose is the best defence in a crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express, Deutsche Post DHL The pandemic posed a formidable challenge to logistics companies – as border controls sprung up around the world and lockdowns confined people to their homes. This required an […]

Commission (Eurostat) publishes first statistics on short-stay accommodation booked via collaborative economy platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published today first key data on short-stay accommodation booked via four private platforms active in the tourism sector. This is a result of the March 2020 landmark agreement between the Commission and Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group […]

Questions and answers: European Commission endorses Luxembourg’s €93 million recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. How did the Commission assess Luxembourg’s recovery and resilience plan? The Regulation ensures a transparent assessment on the basis of 11 criteria against the back of the six pillars of the Regulation. The 11 criteria require an assessment of whether: the measures have a […]

How do you make supply chains more visible without compromising security? A Dutch start-up may have the answer

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 A Dutch start-up has developed a blockchain and cryptography system for supply chain management. Circularise enables businesses to have transparency in their chain, while maintaining privacy. Blockchains record information in linked groupings […]

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva: Here’s why Switzerland is the ideal host for diplomacy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Micol Lucchi, Lead, Swiss Public Affairs, World Economic Forum and Samuel Werthmuller, Communications Officer, Europe, World Economic Forum US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16 June. ‘International Geneva’ has […]

Indian corona wave 2021: A nationwide oxygen emergency

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rajvi, a fresh graduate from Medical College Baroda and SSG Hospital, India. 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 IFMSA’s […]