Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications. These Member States are required to transpose into their national laws two new sets of rules, without […]

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day’. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for […]

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the 2021 International Democracy Week, the European Union has announced five actions worth €119.5 million to boost the strong European support to democracy and human rights around the world in 2021. Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “Sustainable development and equal opportunities […]

Fair and equal social protection for riders, drivers and other platform workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a vote today, MEPs demand people working for digital labour platforms, such as food delivery services, should have the same rights as traditional employees. Platform workers are often misclassified as self-employed, depriving them of access to social protection and other labour rights. To […]

State aid: Commission approves €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, French plans to set up a €3 billion fund that will invest through debt, hybrid and equity instruments in companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary […]

What does the future hold for quantum computing? Experts explain

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 A World Economic Forum issue briefing on quantum computing explored the technology, where it’s come from and where it’s heading. Experts from academia and industry discussed the challenges, next steps and where we […]

Women in Leadership, a Cognitive and Psychological Approach

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mehrbanoo Hosseinirad and Mohadeseh Alizadeh, third-year medical students at the Ardabil University of Medical Science, Iran. 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 writer and do not […]

What are COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and why are they being offered?

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 The World Health Organization has called for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, to enable low-income countries to get more people vaccinated. Vaccine efficacy has been shown to reduce over time, […]

The secret of productivity growth is not technology

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Global Chief Economist, Boston Consulting Group & Paul Swartz, Director and Senior Economist, BCG Henderson Institute Technology fuels productivity growth but tight labour markets provide the spark for this growth because firms typically need to make […]

The pandemic has damaged youth employment: Here’s how we can help

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 Young people were left unemployed by the pandemic in far greater numbers than adults, with the effects being felt worse in lower income countries. Young women have tended to be more likely […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review shows diverse impact of COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s services have published the 2021 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. The ESDE review shows that the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been diverse. The main findings of the ESDE review are: Employment grew […]

How to solve COVID’s crew change crisis and protect global supply chains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd Over 1 million seafarers work in tough conditions to support 80% of global trade. COVID-19 pandemic has stranded vast numbers of these key workers at sea. We outline […]

Online MBA courses rebound at the world’s best business schools

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Demand for MBAs has grown as the job market falters in the COVID-19 pandemic. Online courses are growing in popularity, but tend to have less of an after-effect on salaries than in-person […]

European Parliament to display the rainbow flag today in support of LGBTQI rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President Sassoli agreed on Wednesday to display the rainbow flag at the entrance of the Parliament in Brussels as well as at the EP’s Liaison Offices in all member states. The request to display the flag came at the opening of this week’s […]

GSMA Reveals Virtual Event Details Welcoming a New Era of Connected Impact at MWC Barcelona

Sponsored content 16 June 2021, Barcelona: GSMA is gearing up to celebrate the return of MWC Barcelona and has revealed more details of its virtual offering. Building on the success and learnings of the GSMA’s first large-scale hybrid event held earlier this year in Shanghai, MWC21 heralds a new era of connectivity and collaboration for […]

Here’s how one social entrepreneur became a first responder to the Indian COVID crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chetna Vijay Sinha, Founder, Mann Deshi Foundation, India Social purpose organization, Mann Deshi, is using its position on the frontlines of the pandemic to deliver critical COVID-19 relief. It also provides interest-free loans to businesswomen affected by COVID […]

European Development Days 2021: driving the global debate on green action ahead of Kunming and Glasgow Summits

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The 14th European Development Days (EDD), a leading global forum on international partnerships and cooperation, will begin tomorrow to reflect on the road to the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD) COP15 in Kunming in October and COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. More than 1,000 organisations […]

Rebuilding after COVID: The challenge is digital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yousef Al-Ulyan, Vice-President, Information Technology, Saudi Aramco • The challenges of disruptive technologies must be managed. • Increased digitalization because of the pandemic has made this more pressing. • Governments and business must work together in what could […]

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 […]

EU citizens’ electoral rights: Commission decides to refer CZECHIA and POLAND to the Court of Justice

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided today to refer Czechia and Poland to the Court of Justice, because in these two Member States EU citizens are restricted from joining a domestic political party. As a result of this restriction, citizens from other EU Member States […]

What can China tell us about the future of social commerce and content?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Quinlan, Managing Director, Accenture Social commerce – purchases made via social media – is a huge industry in China, with sales projected to reach $363 billion in 2021. Brands who use social media influencers are reporting much […]

State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €500 million Greek support scheme to support food service companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, […]

Empowering Africa: Parliament defines strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Europe and Africa must move away from a donor-recipient relationship, Parliament says, as MEPs vision for a deeper relationship between the two continents. On Thursday, MEPs adopted a wide-ranging strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership by 460 votes in favour, with 64 votes against […]

Ambassador Zhang Ming’s speech at the European Policy Centre: China’s balanced counterargument to EU’s critics?

China’s Ambassador to the EU Mr. Zhang Ming was interviewed yesterday through Zoom by Ms. Shada Islam at the European Policy Centre on a comprehensive interview on pretty much everything, from Xinjiang and Hong Kong to the 14th Five-Year Plan, Climate Change, CAI, Two Sessions, 17+1 and COVID-19 vaccination. On Xinjiang One day before the […]

Strong EU trade enforcement rules enter into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Robust new trade enforcement rules have entered into force that will further strengthen the EU’s toolbox in defending its interests. With the update of the EU’s Trade Enforcement Regulation, the EU is able to act in a broader range of circumstances. The new rules […]

Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Europe remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The resurgence in the number of cases, together with the appearance of new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, have forced many Member States to reintroduce or tighten containment measures. At the same time, the […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated approach on free movement restrictions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission proposed an update to the Council Recommendation of last October coordinating measures affecting free movement in the European Union. This is part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure better coordination and communication of travel-related measures at EU level. In light […]

MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The regulation adopted by Plenary on Tuesday, with 540 votes in favour, 75 against and 77 abstentions outlines how the Technical Support […]

Thinking throughout HIV: changing a perspective

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Adrian Goss, a second-year medical student at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. He is affiliated to 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 not necessarily […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register an initiative for ‘a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’. The organisers of the ECI urge the Commission to propose a legal act to permanently end indiscriminate and arbitrarily-targeted uses […]

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Fitbit by Google, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Fitbit by Google. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Google. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We can approve the […]

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has proposed today an ambitious reform of the digital space, a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union: the Digital Services Act and the […]

Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Fair and equitable access to a successful COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of income, for millions of people across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific, and in Europe’s eastern and southern neighbourhood, has been enabled by €500 million of new European financial support for the global […]