InvestEU Fund: boost for sustainable, innovative and social investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme. On Wednesday evening, MEPs from the Budgetary and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees adopted with 71 votes to 17 […]

Still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in all EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Press Statement by EP Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis and Women’s Rights Committee Chair Evelyn Regner after the publication of the 2020 Gender Equality Index. In the context of the first European Gender Equality Week, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) released its 2020 Gender […]

Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal. The Strategy will boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals, and increase […]

Mobile technology facilitating social distance in the middle of a pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Pedro Henrique Graciotto Pontes Ivantes and Ana Flávia Cury Ivantes, two fourth-year medical students at a university in southern Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

Here’s how sustainability can make you stand out from the crowd

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalini Unnikrishnan, Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group The COVID-19 crisis has heightened awareness of the importance of addressing environmental challenges. Companies are seeking to increase the environmental and social resilience of supply chains. To make the […]

The importance and the need of mobile technology in the health care system and in saving lives.

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainal h shah, a fourth year medical student studying in Gujarat medical education research society (GMERS) medical college, Gandhinagar, India. He us affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

Emerging technologies are reshaping financial services. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Drew Propson, Head, Technology and Innovation in Financial Services, World Economic Forum A new report from the World Economic Forum explores how emerging technology clusters are changing the financial services industry. AI, IoT, cloud computing and 5G, among […]

Can we put a price on clean air? Yes, we can

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jane Burston, Executive Director, Clean Air Fund & Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) New research reveals clean air could deliver a £1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) annual boost to the UK economy. It could deliver […]

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment […]

State aid: Commission invites comments on State aid rules for the deployment of broadband networks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched a public consultation inviting Member States and other stakeholders to provide their views and comments on the existing EU State aid rules on public support for the deployment of broadband networks. The public consultation is part of an overall […]

How can impact investors balance the green energy equation?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ladislas de Guerre Manager, Impact Investing, KOIS Impact investors must be aware of both the positive and negative consequences of their activities. Clean energy sources all involve some environmental cost, such as disposing of equipment at the end […]

Two rhythms and a sharpened pencil: how art can help us heal and make sense of the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bianca Ghose, Chief Storyteller, Wipro Icelandic film director Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir reflects on how art can connect with our inner selves to help us make sense of the world’. In today’s uncertain times, the healing power of art is […]

Coronavirus Global Response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge supports Venezuela

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the EU’s global coronavirus response, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge operation consisting of two flights to Venezuela has concluded after delivering a total of 82.5 tonnes of life-saving material to supply humanitarian partners in the field. The first flight departed on […]

Longer hours, more emails and shorter meetings – working from home in the time of COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content The average workday during lockdown was 48 minutes longer, report says. So did employees become more flexible to deal with distractions? Or has the line between work and home life become blurred? Employees […]

What are Asia Pacific countries getting right in the fight against cancer?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rachel Frizberg, Area Head Asia Pacific, Roche Pharma As healthcare systems focus on COVID-19, other areas – such as cancer care – are being disrupted. A new report examines the readiness of countries in the APAC region to […]

Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan’s transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Sudan, the European Union, Germany, and the United Nations co-hosted a virtual High-Level Sudan Partnership Conference. The Joint Communiqué adopted by the participants, confirmed the support of the international community to the democratic and economic transition in Sudan headed by the civilian-led transitional Government. […]

We’re fighting the pandemic. Now it’s time to eradicate the infodemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cheri-Leigh Erasmus, Learning Director, Accountability Lab • The pandemic has led to a flood of inaccurate reporting and misinformation. • Lack of digital literacy and poor internet access has exacerbated the problem. • Accurate information lays the groundwork […]

On the 22nd China-EU Summit: “negotiating partner, economic competitor and systemic rival”; is this the right EU approach to address your 2nd biggest trading partner?

Yesterday was the day that the much anticipated 22nd China-EU Summit took place. As this year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, the EU-China Summit had been initially scheduled to take place earlier in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the Summit took place through […]

What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack

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 & Algirde Pipikaite, Project Lead, Industry Solutions, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum COVID-19 […]

Teachers launch a free ebook to help children cope with the pandemic

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 Lego Foundation supports ebook written by teachers to help children during COVID. Publisher Nosy Crow releasesfree resource answering kids’ most common coronavirus questions. Humanitarian organizations join forces to publish book on how […]

Commission launches the Fit for Future Platform and invites experts to join

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today launched the Fit for Future Platform – a high-level expert group, which will help the Commission simplify existing EU laws and reduce administrative burden for citizens and businesses. It will also help ensure that EU legislation remains future-proof, given […]

How the Fourth Industrial Revolution can help us beat COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Alexander Walcott, Global Shaper, Kingston Hub China, South Korea and Taiwan are just some of the places using Big Data, AI and other emerging technologies to manage the effects and mitigate the risks of COVID-19; Jamaica and […]

Don’t let the virus quarantine your mind –Ways to strengthen “Mental” immunity

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ankit Gautam, a final year medical student at Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India. 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 […]

Why ‘video call fatigue’ might be making you tired during lockdown – and how to beat it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Some video conferencing users are complaining of exhaustion after continual online meetings. Alongside Skype, Houseparty and Microsoft Teams, virtual meetings platform Zoom has boomed during the pandemic, growing from 10 million daily […]

Joint statement by EU and UK negotiators following the videoconference on 15 April 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, and David Frost, the UK’s Chief Negotiator, held a constructive meeting today via videoconference. The two sides took stock of the technical work that has taken place since the first negotiating round on the basis of the […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 9 April

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 In this daily round-up, we’ll bring you a selection of the latest news updates on the coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. […]

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole […]

Opening – February plenary session, 27 new seats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vice-President McGuinness led a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Foibe massacres during World War II, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. On the day of remembrance in memory of all victims of the Foibe massacres during World War […]

Tips for investor engagement in emerging markets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Jensen, Project manager, World Economic Forum Investors are looking to grow their portfolios in emerging markets. They must take the time to understand the local business environment, culture, and evolving regulations. Partnering with local investors can be […]

More countries are making progress on corruption – but there’s much to be done, says a new report

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 new report from Transparency International finds improvements in the fight against corruption. But most countries are stagnating, and there are worrying connections between rich and poor countries. The report says unregulated […]

Why nature is the most important stakeholder of the coming decade

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tariq Al-Olaimy, Co-founder, Public-Planet Partnerships Shareholder capitalism has been built on the destruction of the natural world We must place the natural world at the centre of any new model It’s time to move towards a rights-based stakeholder […]

Donors must do more to align development finance with climate goals

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Donor countries must do more to bring development finance in line with climate goals, raising the share used for climate action and reducing to zero the amount that supports new fossil fuel activities, according to a new OECD report. Aligning Development Co-operation and Climate Action: The […]