Honeybees are transforming the lives of mangrove farmers in Viet Nam – 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 To close employment gaps, local farmers have been training as beekeepers since 2017. The project is supported by the United Nations Development Programme and aims to protect at least 129,000 people through […]

Gymnast Simone Biles shines a light on athletes’ mental health

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 United States gymnast Simone Biles has put the spotlight on athletes’ mental health at the Tokyo Olympics. The multi-gold medalist has withdrawn from events, saying she needs to focus on her mental health. […]

Women and Medicine: A Late Story

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Leticia Lourenço Botelho, a Brazilian medical student of the Valença School of Medicine, in Rio de Janeiro. 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 […]

What’s the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees of global warming?

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 The risks to our climate of a rise in global temperatures of 2C over pre-industrial levels could make life unbearable for millions of people. While limiting global warming to 1.5C could, for […]

7 ways to boost cyber resilience in the smart building industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henning Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, Building Products, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens AG & Alina Matyukhina, Cybersecurity Manager, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens AG Smart buildings are an important tool in bringing down energy consumption. The technology smart buildings use is vulnerable […]

The organization planting millions of trees in old coal mines

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content A nonprofit called Green Forests Work plants trees on land once used for coal mining. It wants to restore ecosystems and eradicate non-native species, while also generating local jobs. The organization has planted […]

Why the future is bright for drone technology

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Khaled Abusalem, Chairman of UAV and Robotics , Saudi Aramco & Mansour Alsaleh, Head, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Saudi Arabia & Timothy Reuter, Head of Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum & Talal Alsedairy, Drones Lead, […]

Coronavirus: Commission steps up research funding with €120 million for 11 new projects to tackle the virus and its variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has short-listed 11 new projects worth €120 million from Horizon Europe, the biggest European research and innovation programme (2021-2027), for supporting and enabling urgent research into the coronavirus and its variants. This funding is part of a wide range of research and […]

4 ways to create productive and committed teams

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Grant, Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management and Psychology, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania & Alexander Puutio, PhD Researcher at the University of Turku, Founding Curator of the New York Queens Global Shapers Hub We use three […]

The role of the cyber leader in building secure and resilient digital ecosystems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dmitry Samartsev, Chief Executive Officer, BI.ZONE Cyber risks are on the rise – and companies and organisations around the world need to be prepared. Cyber leaders should have a mastery of risk management and an ability to speak […]

Home or office? Survey shows opinions about work after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Two-thirds of people around the world want to work flexibly when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, a new survey shows. And almost a third are prepared to quit their job if the […]

5 things you need to know about the new global framework to manage nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature and Biodiversity, World Economic Forum The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity has released the first draft of its new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. It outlines action plans to protect, restore and […]

Why sharks matter to ocean ecosystems: an expert explains

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 Shark attacks on humans are rare, according to a shark expert. Overfishing is causing many shark populations to decline and driving some to the point of extinction. Improved marine management is a […]

Women that inspire women

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Caroline Andrioni, a twenty-year-old woman and a third-year medical student at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), in the interior of Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into arbitration award in favour of Antin to be paid by Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation in order to assess whether an arbitration award, to be paid by Spain in favour of Antin as compensation for the foregone support following the modification of a renewable electricity support measure, is in line with […]

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The strategy contributes to the package of measures proposed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions […]

7 steps to make electricity systems more resilient to climate risks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight the energy security risks that climate change brings; From heatwaves to droughts, these challenges highlight the urgent need for strong and well-planned policies […]

The gender gap in science and technology, in numbers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Women are still under-represented in fields such as computing, engineering, mathematics and physics, finds a UNESCO report. A workforce highly qualified in science and tech disciplines is vital to filling the skills shortage […]

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EU support made a significant contribution to the welfare of Syrians and others fleeing conflict in the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Within the framework of the March 2016 EU-Turkey Statement, the European Union (EU), through the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, has mobilised €6 billion in assistance to refugees in Turkey. The strategic mid-term evaluation, presented today, concluded that this assistance made a significant contribution […]

Technology can level the playing field for disabled people in the workforce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Talal Rafi, Global consultant One in six people worldwide have a disability – and faces economic exclusion. Ensuring digital transformation includes disabled people also brings larger economic benefits. Technology in the areas of edtech, fintech, remote working and […]

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come. This agenda is based on the five long-term objectives, […]

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 […]

Enhancing EU’s disease prevention and control capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to better anticipate, prepare for and manage future health threats. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 67 votes in favour, […]

Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. At a time when the epidemiological situation is improving and vaccination campaigns are speeding up, Member States are gradually reopening cultural venues […]

What Europe’s SMEs need to do for a cyber-secure future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alba Perez Grandi, Communications Officer, ENISA & Anna Sarri, Cybersecurity Officer, ENISA & Viktor Paggio, Seconded National Expert, ENISA Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) constitute 99% of businesses in the EU and face diverse cybersecurity challenges including low […]

The fight for female medical leadership

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Carolina Mandu Coimbra de Souza Mendes and Ms. Isabela Assis de Carvalho, two 3rd year medical student at Unicesumar University, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Data protection: Commission adopts adequacy decisions for the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today adopted two adequacy decisions for the United Kingdom – one under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. Personal data can now flow freely from the European Union to the United Kingdom where […]

VAT: New e-commerce rules in the EU will simplify life for traders and introduce more transparency for consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New Value-Added Tax (VAT) rules for online shopping enter into force later this week as part of efforts to ensure a more level playing field for all businesses, to simplify cross-border e-commerce and to introduce greater transparency for EU shoppers when it comes to […]

Political agreement on new Common Agricultural Policy: fairer, greener, more flexible

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The provisional political agreement reached today by the European Parliament and Council on the new Common Agricultural Policy introduces a fairer, greener, more animal friendly and flexible CAP. Higher environmental and climate ambitions, aligned with Green Deal objectives, are to be implemented from January […]

This is how the US energy market is shifting

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer , Formative Content Use of coal in the US has dropped by half. Natural gas is now 38% of the US energy mix. Clean energy solutions are favoured by Biden. Global leaders hope to […]

EU farm policy reform: press conference on outcome of latest round of talks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following this week’s trilateral talks on EU farm policy reform, lead EP negotiators Lins, Jahr, Müller and Andrieu plan to hold a press conference on Friday. The press conference takes place in the Anna Politkovskaya press room (SPAAK 0A50) in the European Parliament. The […]

Lessons learnt from the Commission’s 2020 rule of law report

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s assessment of the Commission’s 2020 report on the rule of law provides ways to improve the mechanism so that it can better protect EU values. During the plenary debate on Wednesday, a broad majority of speakers called on the Council and the Commission […]

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%. Parliament endorsed the Climate Law, agreed informally with member states in April, with 442 […]