MEPs approve revamped EU product safety rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The updated law will ensure that products in the EU, whether sold online or in traditional shops, comply with the highest safety requirements. On Thursday, MEPs endorsed the revised rules on product safety of non-food consumer products with 569 votes in favour, 13 against […]

Fluorinated gases: reinforced EU action to cut emissions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is ready to negotiate with EU governments on further reducing fluorinated gases emissions, to meet EU and global climate goals. On Thursday, MEPs adopted their position on revising the EU’s legislative framework on fluorinated gases (F-gases) emissions with 426 votes in favour, 109 […]

Innovation Fund: €100 million offered for innovative small-scale clean tech projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching the third call for small-scale projects under the Innovation Fund, one of the world’s largest funding programmes for the deployment of innovative low-carbon technologies. Financed by revenues from the auctioning of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System […]

Equal pay: Commission statements ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on pay transparency rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Tomorrow the European Parliament is set to vote on the Commission’s proposal on pay transparency. The new Directive aims to ensure the effective enforcement of equal pay for men and women; bring more transparency in setting of pay; and improve access to justice for […]

Commission proposes more transparency and less red tape for companies to improve business environment in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive making it easier for companies to expand the use of digital tools and processes in EU company law. The proposal aims to facilitate cross-border companies’ operations and to increase business transparency and trust by […]

The chemical industry’s overlooked role ushering in the low-carbon economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dr. Bob Maughon, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, SABIC The chemical industry is critical to the global economy and for meeting societal needs. The innovations the field has given rise to […]

Greater Horn of Africa: EU allocates €331 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Greater Horn of Africa region is facing multiple and overlapping humanitarian crises with more than 50 million people in urgent need of food assistance. To help, the Commission will provide some €331 million in humanitarian aid primarily targeting food insecurity as well as […]

EU Drugs Agency: Commission welcomes political agreement on new fully-fledged Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on a stronger mandate which establishes a new EU Drugs Agency. The new Agency builds on the achievements of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Illicit drugs pose […]

Making the local global: how cities can have a positive impact on the climate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Lenhart, Global lead, WWF Cities The IPCC’s latest findings highlight the role of cities in climate change action.There is a missing link between global climate goals and local action in cities.Cities need greater support to find sustainable solutions […]

Let’s talk about ‘regenerative business’ not sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Dudok van Heel, Global Sustainability Director, Kearney In recent years, a significant change has occurred in how companies view sustainability and the actions required to deliver this. Whereas previously, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) was considered by […]

Industry strategy: 5 inflexion points for ‘chief strategy officers’ to know about

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Olivier Woeffray, Practice Lead, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Disruptions and developments that suddenly affect us often brew on the periphery, or under the surface, well before they break through. These inflexion points – the moment when those trends […]

How competitive is your region? Commission publishes the Regional Competitiveness Index

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has published the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI), a fully revised version of a now long-established tool that measures different competitiveness dimensions for all EU regions. The fully revised RCI 2.0 shows that there are still large differences between EU regions, but […]

The trilemma facing the energy industry and how it’s dealing with it 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ditlev Engel, Energy Systems CEO, DNV The energy industry is facing three challenges: the war in Ukraine has put energy security in the spotlight; coal output is rising; and, energy prices have increased.This global survey of the energy industry […]

US raises interest rates, UBS takes over Credit Suisse, and other economy stories you need to read this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Shine, Senior Writer, Forum Agenda 1. US raises interest rates again as it weighs up banking crisis The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point but indicated it is on the […]

Space: Commission invites the industry to submit proposals to deploy the new EU secure connectivity satellite constellation, IRIS²

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission launches an invitation to tender to procure a concession contract to implement the EU satellite constellation called IRIS² (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite). The public-private partnership between the Commission and the private sector will ensure common investment into the […]

Climate change: 5 charts from the IPCC report that show why every increment of warming matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Forum Agenda Climate change has already had a substantial impact on humans and the planet. And every increment of global warming we cause will have a profound effect on future generations. The latest Intergovernmental Panel […]

Biology and data science are on a collision course. Here’s what you need to know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Bray, Distinguished Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center Two scientific worlds are colliding: biological science and data science. Converging advances in these worlds are decreasing the cost and time it takes to understand how living systems function; and […]

Updated Ukraine Recovery and Reconstruction Needs Assessment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new joint assessment released today by the Government of Ukraine, the World Bank Group, the European Commission, and the United Nations, estimates that the cost of reconstruction and recovery in Ukraine has grown to US $411 billion (equivalent of €383 billion). The estimate […]

Medical students as Simulation educators and methods of training them

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shinjan Shoilee, a third-year medical student, at Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Three steps towards building the climate tech talent pool

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jamil Wyne, Founder , Climate Tech Bootcamp, Abrar Chaudhury, Research Fellow, University of Oxford Saïd Business School Recent articles have opined that the slew of layoffs from large tech firms could help channel more talent into jobs that leverage […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register initiative that calls for better protection of horses

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 ‘End The Horse Slaughter Age’. The organisers of the initiative call on the Commission to propose a law banning the slaughter of horses, including also their breeding and export for the […]

Medical students: Youth with the immense capability of improving the medical education system

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rajvi Chaudhary, a graduate of Medical College Baroda and SSG Hospital, India. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Recovery and resilience plans: Commission must tighten checks and oversight

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Budgetary Control Committee recommended signing off the Commission’s budget, while voicing concerns on the limited options to check the use of recovery funding. By 19 votes in favour to six against, the Budgetary Control Committee recommended on Wednesday that Parliament grants discharge to […]

Why we need an ‘everything, everywhere, all at once’ approach for financing 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, Jack Hurd, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance, World Economic Forum Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC will not be possible without immediate and large-scale emissions reductions, warns the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the energy drinks sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 20 March 2023, the European Commission has started unannounced inspections at the premises of a company active in the energy drinks sector in various Member States. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels […]

Climate change: The IPCC just published its summary of 5 years of reports – here’s what you need to know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nathan Cooper, Lead, Partnerships and Engagement Strategy, Climate Action Platform, World Economic Forum The viability of humanity living within planetary boundaries rests on the actions we take in the next seven years. There’s no time to lose to keep […]

What is a bank run? And why does confidence matter for a bank?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer, Forum Agenda Confidence is defined as the belief that you can have faith in, or rely on, something. The opposite – the feeling that something cannot be relied upon – can quickly take hold and spread, […]

EU, AU and UN push for urgent action to address the pressing needs of migrants and refugees in Libya

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Joint press release by the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations. On 20 March, the EU-AU-UN Tripartite Taskforce on the Situation of Migrants and Refugees in Libya met in Brussels. The international community and Libyan authorities must work together to improve […]

EU and international donors’ pledge €7 billion in support of the people in Türkiye and Syria following the recent devastating earthquakes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, a total of €7 billion were pledged by the international community at the ‘Together for the people of Türkiye and Syria’ International Donors’ Conference, co-hosted by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Ulf […]

How cyber risk ratings can support better cyber reliance and regulatory compliance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Morgan, Senior Government Affairs Director for Europe & APAC, SecurityScorecard In the digital age, cybersecurity risks are an ever-present threat. Businesses and governments face constant cyber threats, from state-sponsored cyber espionage to ransomware attacks by criminal gangs. The […]

Circular economy in action: 9 examples of businesses and policy-makers accelerating the transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Megan Murdie, Editor and writer, Circle Economy Today, circularity has fallen from 9.1% to a meagre 7.2%. This means that of the more than 100 billion tonnes of materials extracted from the planet annually, only 7.2% are cycled back […]

Student Engagement and Changes in Medical Education

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Fonseca Santana, a second-year medical student from Universidade Tiradentes (UNIT), Aracaju-SE, Brazil. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

IEA: More than a third of the world’s electricity will come from renewables in 2025

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Forum Agenda A significant rise in CO2 emissions from the global power sector is unlikely over the next few years, thanks to the rapid rise in renewable energy capacity. That’s one of the key findings […]