Circular economy: Commission takes action to reduce waste from single-use plastics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today taking legal steps against 11 Member States, calling on them to step up the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive in order to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and on human health. Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, […]

Standing with Ukraine: Commission welcomes Joint Statement to provide affordable, accessible and transparent remittance services to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has welcomed a Joint Statement by EU and Ukrainian financial institutions to provide access to affordable, accessible and transparent remittance services to Ukraine. Today, remittances from Ukrainians in the EU are a vital way of providing means of subsistence to their […]

Technologies in Healthcare: Boon or Bane?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Dr Kartikeya Ojha and Ms Shreya Nandan, two Global Health advocates from India. 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 do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

This technology turns windows into solar panels, here’s how

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 Imagine if your windows were transparent solar panels? It would mean homes, offices and whole cities could use their windows to sustainably generate electricity from the sun. See-through solar panels that look […]

Gender equality by 2030? Those countries making most progress offer lessons on what to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kusum Kali Pal, Specialist, Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022 projected that, at the current rate of progress, it will take 132 years to reach […]

How turning retail stores into e-commerce centres can avoid massive emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thierry Gadou, Chief Executive Officer, SES-imagotag I find it surprising that retail is relatively absent from the core debate on net-zero even though it’s the largest economic sector and private employer in the world, with over 15% of […]

EIB Group starts disbursements from €1.59 bn EIB Ukraine Solidarity Urgent Response package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Yesterday, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, disbursed the first tranches of the €1.59 billion package of the Ukraine Solidarity Urgent Response, supported by an EU guarantee. The disbursed financing of €500 million will help the Ukrainian government cover priority short-term financing […]

Power-sector emissions are set to fall in 2022. Thanks to renewable energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Hall, Writer, Formative Content Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered an unprecedented global energy crisis, the world has been turning to other sources of power, besides oil and gas, to meet demand. Renewable energy has seen a […]

How to fight the next threat to our world: air pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, BreatheLife Champion and Founder, Ella Roberta Family Foundation A global threat has taken hold. It’s almost impossible to escape. It lurks in […]

The future of manufacturing is powered by data and analytics. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Memia Fendri, Initiatives and Community Lead, Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains, World Economic Forum, Felipe Bezamat, Head of Advanced Manufacturing Industry, World Economic Forum, Ruben Behaeghe, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group The manufacturing industry is on the verge […]

EU contest for young translators: schools can now enrol

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Secondary schools in all EU countries can now enrol for Juvenes Translatores, the European Commission’s annual translation contest. From 12:00 CET on 2 September, schools can register online for their students to compete with peers around the EU. This year, contestants will translate texts on […]

Using stuff longer: Does the shift to a circular economy have a simple solution?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Manager, Kearney Hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste end up in landfills yearly – actual wastelands of everything from mattresses to electrical equipment to unworn clothes, determined to be worthless and no longer needed. Extending […]

Can technology play a more meaningful role in meeting the SDGs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chaesub Lee, Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau It is becoming clear that technical standards will play a key role in addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and some of the most pressing needs of the planet, like […]

Extreme heat is weakening cities, financial services can help build resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Murphy, Risk and Resilience Specialist, World Economic Forum Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard but seldom receives the same attention as visible disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes or floods and the resounding impact […]

Why we shouldn’t overlook the impact of SMEs on local and global economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julia Devos, Head, New Champions Community, World Economic Forum, Zishu Chen, Content Curator, New Champions, World Economic Forum Beijing The contribution that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make in driving positive social, environmental and economic change is often […]

The cost-of-living crisis has pushed 71 million people into poverty – here’s what needs to happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content, Annabel Walker, Writer, Formative Content The cost of living crisis has pushed 71 million people into poverty, according to the United Nations. Inflation is climbing as the Ukraine conflict and the effects of […]

This is where Gen Z goes for financial advice

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Tkachenko, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Qure.Finance Generation Z are almost five times more likely to get financial advice from social media platforms than people aged 41 or over. Trust, accountability and protection from scams are important […]

China’s Policy toward Taiwan in the New Era

This article was written by Mr. Wang Hongjian, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. When Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi chose to visit Taiwan in disregard of China’s protest, China […]

Men make 48% more than women in the gig economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Read, Senior Writer, Formative Content The gender pay gap is far worse for women who freelance than for those in full-time employment, a US study shows. Men working in the gig economy charge an average of 48% […]

The supply chain is dead: Why we must build a ‘living supply chain’ for food

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Rogers, CEO, Apeel Sciences The food chain has become a more mainstream discussion since conflict, COVID-19 and the climate crisis have laid bare its dependencies and risks. Our supply chain for perishable items, such as food, has […]

3 tips from trillion-dollar investors on sealing the co-investment deal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kevin Lu, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute, Akanksha Madan, Student Researcher, Yale-NUS Co-investing is a financial model that sees smaller investors collaborate with larger partners, avoiding fees, exchanging knowledge and opening up new investments. In 2012, 24% of Limited […]

3 ways to improve recycling behaviour and boost the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shannon Bouton, President and CEO, Delterra, Alina Gabdrakhmanova, Global Insights Manager, Delterra, Cynthia Shih, Senior Advisor, Delterra, Jeremy Douglas, Director of Partnerships, Delterra Global recycling rates are disappointingly low at 16%. Recycling behaviour changes are key to the […]

A crisis is coming – 4 steps to address Africa’s urgent financing needs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Caroline Kende-Robb, Senior Fellow, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) Amid social unrest, economic crises and political conflicts, 23 African countries are at high risk of – or already in – debt distress. Of the IMF’s $650 billion […]

State aid: Commission approves €110 million Austrian scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €110 million Austrian scheme to support primary agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022 and amended […]

Ukraine: 1,000 Ukrainian patients transferred to European hospitals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the EU has successfully coordinated 1,000 medical evacuations of Ukrainian patients via its Civil Protection Mechanism to provide them with specialised healthcare in hospitals across Europe. As the number of wounded people in Ukraine increases day by day, local hospitals are […]

Georgia’s EU bid: chasing a solution to domestic issues?

This article was written for The European Sting by the political correspondent Ms. Katarzyna Rybarczyk. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. Since the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia began in 2009, Georgia has come a long way in terms of preparing to […]

8 inspiring innovations tackling plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Poonam Watine, Knowledge Specialist, GPAP, World Economic Forum Geneva The Global Plastic Innovation Network unveils its second cohort of geographically diverse innovators tackling plastic pollution, of which 50% are female-led. The bold innovations offer key solutions to tackling […]

‘Divorce is too bloody expensive’: Volvo’s purchasing chief on vetting and forging effective partnerships

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 There is no Tinder for business partnerships, no algorithm that can prompt an exec to swipe right on an external business partner with the perfect match of mindsets and capabilities to […]

European Commission disburses first tranche of the new €1 billion macro-financial assistance for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed the first half (€500 million) of a new €1 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) operation for Ukraine. The second tranche (another €500 million) will be disbursed tomorrow, 2 August. The decision about this new […]

The issue of drug addiction and how to tackle it

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Susmita Das, a fourth-year medical student of Shaheed Shuhrawardy Medical College,Dhaka,Bangladesh. 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 view […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses positive preliminary assessment of Latvia’s request for €201 million disbursement under Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today endorsed a positive preliminary assessment of Latvia’s payment request for €201 million in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU. On 17 June 2022, Latvia submitted to the Commission a payment […]

Can crops grow better under solar panels? Here’s all you need to know about ‘agrivoltaic farming’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Hall, Writer, Formative Content Agrivoltaic farming is the practice of growing crops underneath solar panels. Scientific studies show some crops thrive when grown in this way. Doubling up on land use in this way could help feed […]

6 ways AI is helping us learn more about our past – and future

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 Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used to aid research across disciplines. AI from British firm DeepMind is helping to restore ancient Greek texts. Facial recognition technology is being used to identify […]