The EU and Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement enters into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 March 2021, the European Union-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) will enter into force. It has now been ratified by the Republic of Armenia, all EU Member States and the European Parliament. This represents an important milestone for EU-Armenia relations. This […]

Yemen: €95 million in EU humanitarian aid for people threatened by conflict and famine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is allocating €95 million in humanitarian support to address the most pressing needs of people in Yemen amid record highs of child malnutrition, an imminent threat of famine and renewed fighting. More than 2 million children as well as over 1 […]

Tourism MEPs advocate common criteria for safe and clean travel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU criteria for safe and clean tourism, including a common vaccination certificate, should be a part of a new EU strategy on sustainable tourism, said MEPs. The draft resolution on establishing an EU strategy for sustainable tourism, adopted by Transport and Tourism Committee on […]

There aren’t enough computer chips to power modern cars

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 Global car sales fell in 2020. A shortage of computer chips is compounding poor sales by holding up production. That could cost the industry $60 billion. Besides reeling from the impact of […]

Inadequate SRHR Education or Inadequate Infrastructure – Which is the Limiting Factor?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Neha Kasaravalli, a 22 year old Medical Student at the University of Manchester, UK. She 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 […]

We need to talk about COVID-19 vaccine challenges – Misinformation and Distribution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Queiroz, a third-year medical student at Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), in São Paulo, Brazil. 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 […]

Google has invented a tool which allows you to hear colour

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 A machine learning system lets visitors to a new art exhibition experience the sounds of colours through the artist Kandinsky’s eyes. The abstract art pioneer had synaesthesia, a condition that can make […]

Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launches the first-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. Platform work is developing rapidly in the EU across a growing number of business sectors. It can offer increased […]

State aid: Commission approves €254 million Romanian aid to support rehabilitation of district heating system in Bucharest

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, Romanian plans to support the upgrade of the district heating system of the municipality of Bucharest. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €254 million aid measure, funded thanks to […]

Cities are at the heart of our journey to net zero. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emily Tan, General Manager, City Solutions, Royal Dutch Shell Countries, governments and companies are aligning on a need for net-zero – and this is an opportunity to rethink decarbonizing our cities. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution – each […]

Economic policy priorities for a post-pandemic recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A high-profile panel on Monday warned of the economic difficulties stemming from the pandemic, whilst noting that this crisis could offer the chance to rebuild EU economies. Kicking off the annual European Parliamentary Week, which sees MEPs and national parliamentarians meet to discuss EU […]

Vaccination: understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Khushi Lohiya, 2nd year medical student of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and research centre. She 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 […]

Digital roles top the list of jobs on the rise in 2021

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 The hottest jobs for 2021 can all be done remotely, according to LinkedIn’s analysis of work trends in 15 countries. It predicts 150 million new technology jobs in the next five […]

4 views on how to ensure social justice in a digital world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Prerana Pakhrin Misrahi, Communications Specialist, Society and Innovation, World Economic Forum The theme for World Day of Social Justice 2021 is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.” We asked four experts to share their views […]

These are the biggest hurdles on the path to clean energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Noel Nevshehir, Director, International Business Services and Global Strategic Partnerships, Automation Alley Realizing the energy transition will require navigating several major challenges. These include geopolitical concerns, technological limitations and financial questions. Could a hybrid approach that leverages fossil […]

4 tech innovations that support people with disabilities working from home

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 Remote working is proving tough for the 1.3 billion people who live with some form of disability. Popular apps being used to stay connected through the pandemic can exclude people with disabilities. […]

Here’s what global progress on COVID-19 vaccination looks like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum & John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Several COVID-19 vaccines have been approved or authorized, but rollout has been hindered. The World Economic Forum has […]

How a ‘recipe dataset’ could help tackle obesity and diabetes

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 Machine learning is being used by a US healthy eating programme to understand people’s food preferences, health condition and dietary aims. The system suggests recipes tailored to a person’s tastes and health […]

EU is right place to tackle pandemic, but reform is needed, latest survey finds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Covid-19 pandemic has strengthened citizens’ beliefs that the European Union is the right place to develop effective solutions to tackle its effects. At the end of 2020, more respondents saw things on the right path at EU level in comparison with their own […]

6 reasons why Africa’s new free trade area is a global game changer

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) • AfCFTA, the largest global free trade area by countries participating, could transform the continent’s economic prospects. • It aims to be a model of cross-border cooperation in […]

More people now plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine than in December

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 Public trust in coronavirus vaccines is growing, with more people saying they would get one, according to an Ipsos survey in partnership with the World Economic Forum. People in Brazil and the […]

Georgia: EU report highlights the need for political compromise to continue the reform momentum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Georgia remains committed to the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, despite the COVID-19 related challenges. Further efforts are however needed, notably in the field of judicial reform and tackling political polarisation. These are key findings of the European Union’s annual Association Implementation Report […]

What can consumers do to help solve the climate change crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maciej Kolaczkowski, Community Lead, Oil and Gas Industry, World Economic Forum Global action on climate change is building pace amongst the public and private sector, strengthened by the Paris Agreement. COVID-19 has temporarily reduced emissions, but as the […]

How India can improve urban public health with lessons from COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Suchi Kedia, Community Specialist, Regional Agenda – India and South Asia, World Economic Forum & Harshita Agrawal, Associate, IDFC Institute During COVID-19, platforms were developed to track case numbers, fatalities and hospital bed availability, but this technology is […]

COVID-19 lessons learnt: boosting EU civil protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, a reform of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) was provisionally agreed, aimed at improving prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. Parliament and Council agreed to strengthen the existing legal framework on civil protection, in response to the unprecedented experience of the […]

Understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Chokkavarapu renuka Charan is a third year medical student of the Kaloji Narayan Rao University Of Health Sciences , Maheshwara Medical College and Hospital, India. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Portuguese Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Portugal holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of June 2021. The hearings took place between 25 January and 4 […]

MEPs urge EU countries to be transparent about their COVID-19 vaccine supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee calls for a fact-based approach to the EU vaccines rollout to avoid disinformation. In order to respond to European citizens’ growing concerns, data on the number of vaccine doses supplied and on the vaccination schedules for […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of 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, a €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The package […]

Six months after the Beirut port explosion: reflections from a first responder

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georges Kettaneh, Secretary-General, Lebanese Red Cross • The Beirut port explosion overwhelmed the Lebanese Red Cross despite its crisis experience. • The LRC had to adjust its aid measures to meet local sensitivities. • The toll of successive […]

Beating cancer: MEPs react to the EU Plan for joint action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On the eve of World Cancer Day, Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) backs EU wide effort to beat cancer. BECA Chair Bartosz Arłukowicz (EPP, PL) said: “Over the last few years, fighting cancer has been high on the Parliament’s agenda, culminating in […]

Sexual and reproductive health and right (SRHR) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Irabor Ediri Andrea is a nursing student of medical university of Gdansk, 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 reflect […]

Understanding the challenge surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine campaign

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gautam Araya, a medical student who has studied in Manila Central University and Nepal Institute of Science and Management. She 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 […]