Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the fashion sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 17 May the European Commission has started unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the fashion industry in several Member States. In parallel, the Commission has sent out formal requests for information to several companies active in the fashion sector. The […]

European Green Bond Standard: new measures to reduce green washing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs seek to better regulate the green bond market, improve its supervision, reduce greenwashing, and add clarity when money goes to gas or nuclear. On Monday, MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted their negotiation position on the Regulation on European green […]

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports set for fast-track approval

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The International Trade Committee gave their green light on Monday for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy. MEPs in the International Trade Committee approved a proposal of the temporary trade liberalisation of Ukrainian products, […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: strengthening our renewed partnership in turbulent times

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and the US have today reaffirmed their close cooperation to address global trade and technology challenges in line with their shared commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights. Meeting at the second Ministerial Meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in […]

Coronavirus: Commission secures an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer to adapt delivery schedules to Member States’ needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the vaccine developers, BioNTech and Pfizer, reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the months ahead. This will ensure Member States have access to the vaccines when they need them – including future […]

3 urban energy innovations with global implications

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miguel Eiras Antunes, Global Smart Cities Leader, Deloitte & Lisa Chamberlain, Communication Lead, Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum Climate change warnings and the current energy crisis have highlighted the urgent need for clean energy solutions. From buildings to […]

How startups drive economic recovery while growing responsibly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Startups are crucial in bringing about societal change as well as driving economic recovery and responsible growth. Ahead of Davos 2022, we asked the CEOs of Global Innovators and Technology Pioneers […]

Feel the metaverse with your bare hands – using ultrasonic waves

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 Emerge, a Californian tech start-up, says it is bringing physical touch to the metaverse. Virtual handshakes and objects will feel like real tactile experiences. Ultrasonic waves help create the sensation of touch. […]

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. With 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported worldwide in 2021 alone, and many more going unreported, child sexual abuse is pervasive. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Syria and the region: close to €6.4 billion mobilised during the 6th Brussels Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the international community pledged close to €6.4 billion for 2022 and beyond during the sixth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’, organised by the European Union. The funding will help people in Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting […]

17 ways technology could change the world by 2027

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from […]

How can development agencies learn to thrive in a multi-crisis world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Patricia Danzi, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) The current world situation presents overwhelming challenges for development agencies. State and non-state actors must work together to achieve the SDGs. Humanitarian organizations must cultivate partnerships and agility […]

Here’s why hybrid working means more stress for women

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 Stress and burnout are at “alarming levels”, according to a new report by Deloitte. A third of the women surveyed have taken time off work in the past year because of mental […]

The power of data: how Helsinki is improving citizens’ lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. By securely taking advantage of the power of data, authorities are helping residents in Finland’s capital city access the services they need. This new approach separates the storage, anonymization and processing of data from all the tasks performed by […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to grant them access to essential health services. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 462 votes in favour, 19 against and 89 abstentions, MEPs strongly condemn the use […]

Russia must return stolen airplanes, demand MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs applaud European transport and tourism operators for helping refugees from Ukraine, demand Russia return stolen airplanes and call on the EU to tighten sanctions on Russia. European transport operators are offering Ukrainian citizens free travel by train, bus, ship or plane and this […]

EU announces an additional €52 million to support the long-term resilience, recovery and reforms in the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union will mobilise an additional €52 million for the Republic of Moldova to advance the country’s long term resilience, recovery and reforms, in particular via the implementation of the flagships foreseen in the Economic and Investment plan for its Eastern partners and […]

Eurobarometer: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU Member States published today shows large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The majority of Europeans think that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) […]

Hydrogen: Commission supports industry commitment to boost by tenfold electrolyser manufacturing capacities in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton and European electrolyser manufacturers met in Brussels to discuss how to increase industry’s capacity to produce electrolysers used to produce clean hydrogen. The Commissioner and 20 industry CEOs signed a Joint Declaration whereby industry committed to a […]

This is why we’ll probably have to work longer than our parents did

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum China is moving ahead with a plan to raise its retirement age. Many countries face similar issues and are also raising retirement ages. The changes are in response to […]

Most of the world’s ocean is unprotected. This is why that needs to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, Government of Nigeria & Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Government of Belgium More than three billion people rely on the ocean […]

Common charger: Parliament commits to reducing electronic waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is ready to start negotiations on a common charger to reduce e-waste and make the use of different mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras more convenient. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted its position on the amended Radio Equipment Directive on […]

New European Bauhaus: five lighthouse projects to be financed across Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing the five selected projects for the €25 million call for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators‘ of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). The Commission is currently negotiating grant agreements with the selected beneficiaries. The projects will create more sustainable, inclusive, […]

These world-changing universities are making the most impact on society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education Higher education institutions are facing a reckoning over their delivery of social and economic impact to their communities and to society. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings show the most […]

How ports can be transformed into energy hubs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp To create fundamental societal change to mitigate the climate crisis, we need cross-sector collaboration and collective commitment. But lack of trust in modern society is increasingly hindering this type of approach. The […]

How investors are overcoming systemic risks and setting the pace for others to follow

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Cross, Project Fellow, Mercer In 2021, asset owners ranked climate change as the top systemic risk affecting their portfolios and organizations. A study conducted over three years by the World Economic Forum and Mercer shows that pace-setting […]

This is what the world’s first floating city will look like

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’s first prototype floating city that adapts to sea level rise has just been unveiled at UN headquarters in New York. OCEANIX Busan, in South Korea, aims to provide breakthrough technology […]

MEPs begin revising rules on EU elections, calling for pan-European constituency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has started the reform of the EU’s Electoral Act, seeking to turn the 27 separate elections and their diverging rules into a single European election. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report that seeks to overhaul the rules for European elections. The […]

‘Agile governance’ could redesign policy on data protection. Here’s why that matters

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, Mark Esposito, Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University & Landry Signé, […]

From cholera to COVID: a brief history of vaccines

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. The idea of vaccinating people against deadly disease dates back centuries. Today, vaccines save four million lives every year. And the COVID-19 pandemic saw the most rapid vaccine development ever. To mark World Immunization Week, we look back at […]

Vaccine hesitancy in COVID-19: how can we approach it with efficient communication strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. CYUBAHIRO Karangwa Verite, MD’25, and UWASE Sandrine, MD’26, two medical students from the University of Rwanda, Rwanda. 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 writers and […]

New trade defence tool to protect EU firms from distortive foreign subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on International Trade backed a proposal designed to counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies granted to companies operating in the EU. The draft law, as adopted by the Committee on International Trade by 42 votes unanimously, gives the EU Commission the power to investigate […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and women should have access to essential health services, say Gender Equality Committee MEPs. In a resolution adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on Monday by 29 votes in […]