Remittances could fall by $100 billion because of COVID-19 – 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: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Remittances – the money sent home by individuals to family and friends – are in crisis because of the global economic downturn. It comes after the total value of remittances reached $714 […]

How COVID-19 is making companies act for the long term

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Machin, President and CEO, CPP Investments Companies understand that managing this pandemic is more important for future success than booking profits. Businesses are shifting their models to help slow, prevent, or cure the virus. The pandemic will […]

To build a resilient world, we must go circular. Here’s how to do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility & Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips The best way to build resilience against future pandemics and the impact of climate change is to move to […]

Coronavirus response: Team Europe supports Somalia with three EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight arrived in Mogadishu from Brindisi, Italy, carrying humanitarian and medical supplies provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italian civil society organisations and international NGOs. Two other flights to Somalia will take off […]

Sanity in times of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lesley Roks, a fourth year medical student working as Local Supervisory Counselor (L-SupCo) in IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar. 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 […]

Great Reset: What university entrepreneurship can bring to the post-COVID world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies, The University of Queensland & David Gann, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Imperial College Entrepreneurship can provide a greater range of options, as well as speed and agility, to a world […]

Boosting the EU’s green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund , one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System. The […]

Will COVID-19 usher in a new culture of outdoor living and dining?

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 Cities around the globe are allowing restaurants and cafes to expand into public spaces to enable safe dining after COVID-19 lockdown. It could usher in a new era of socializing outdoors. Streets […]

The benefits of exercise in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lana Gabrielle Marreiros Santos, a third year medical student at the State University of Rio Grande do Norte, 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 […]

Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to refer Romania to the Court of Justice, with a request for financial sanctions, following the lack of notification of transposition measures of the Trade Mark Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). Romania is the only Member State which has not yet […]

This Filipino journalist is fighting for press freedom in COVID-19 lockdown

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 Journalist Maria Ressa is on bail after being found guilty of cyber-libel in the Philippines. She spoke to the World Economic Forum about press freedom and the threat misinformation on social media […]

Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today referred Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the European Union, with a request for financial sanctions, for failing to fully implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4) into their national law.   Executive Vice-President […]

Asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, symptomatic: what is the difference?

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 The number of asymptomatic coronavirus infections, where people display no symptoms at all, remains in question. Some people who test positive for the virus but don’t feel unwell may later develop symptoms. […]

Why support for Latin America’s early tech hubs is vital for the region

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Greg Mitchell, Regional Director, Angel Ventures Many venture capitalists in Latin America are supporting existing companies on their portfolio but shying away from new deals. The current slowdown could prove particularly damaging to smaller start-up ecosystems, such as […]

Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jana Silaškova, e-Governance Project Manager , Estonian Association of Information Technology And Telecommunications (ITL) & Masao Takahashi, Head of Institutional Membership; Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital society […]

Climate change could be making forests shorter – this is how

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 The composition of Earth’s forests is changing and global warming is a factor, says a new report. Older trees are disappearing at an alarming rate, harming biodiversity. Rising temperatures can limit photosynthesis, […]

How income-sharing agreements can improve access to education

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 & Colin Godbarge, Principal, KOIS Education is crucial to unlocking better livelihoods. As recent studies highlight, your education impacts your ability to get a job and the income-level of you and […]

Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. They will pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between […]

Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget. During his press conference on Tuesday, the Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Johan […]

Commission welcomes confirmation of provisional agreement to strengthen collective redress in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed a provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for the protection of collective interest of consumers recently concluded with the European Parliament. This is a positive and important step towards empowering consumers and creating a level-playing field for collective redress in the […]

A new approach to scaling-up renewable power in emerging markets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Milagros Rivas Saiz, Global Head, Cross Industry Advisory, International Finance Corporation A new, standardized approach to renewable energy procurement could accelerate its take-up in developing economies. An innovative programme, developed by the World Bank, aims to make clean […]

Africa is facing a food crisis due to COVID-19. These seeds could help prevent it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo, Principal Scientist, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Nairobi, Kenya & Rohit Pillandi, Senior Communication Officer, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India Sub-Saharan Africa is […]

MEPs call on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. On Monday, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted a resolution by 65 votes to 1 and 14 […]

MEPs want to boost energy storage in the EU to help spur decarbonisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As energy from renewable sources is increasingly part of the European energy mix, MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions such as hydrogen or home batteries. In a report adopted on Monday, MEPs in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee outline their strategy […]

Deal on digitalisation of access to justice will benefit citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement to make access to justice faster, cheaper and more user-friendly for EU citizens and businesses. The two pieces of legislation under negotiation between the two EU legislators, respectively on taking evidence and on service of […]

Joint press release: Republic of Korea – EU Leaders’ video conference meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and H.E. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, held a Leaders’ meeting via video conference on 30 June 2020. 2. The leaders acknowledged […]

State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a third amendment to extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework was first amended on 3 April 2020 […]

3 ways governments can address cybersecurity in the post-pandemic world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belisario Contreras, Manager, Cyber Security Programme, Organization of American States (OAS) and Co-Chair, Global Future Council on Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic has increased use of and reliance on the internet as people need to work […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes report on the impact of the Interchange Fees Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a report on the impact of the Interchange Fees Regulation (“IFR”) for card-based payment transactions. In line with the requirements on the IFR itself, it has been sent to the European Parliament and the Council. The report concludes that […]

The hidden pandemic: mental illness

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Jasmine Elliott, a third year of medicine at Monash University, Australia. 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 reflect IFMSA’s view […]

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 […]

Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: EU mobilises almost €100 million to support the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is mobilising €97.2 million of additional funding for programmes in the Horn of Africa to support the creation of job opportunities, public finance management, and access to education for vulnerable groups, in particular refugees and displaced persons, under the European Union […]

ACP-EU Post-Cotonou: A Joint Parliamentary Assembly is non-negotiable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament insists that the future institutional framework must still include an ACP-EU joint parliamentary dimension. The negotiations on a new partnership agreement between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are entering the final stages. In line with the Sustainable […]