New EU farm to fork strategy to make our food healthier and more sustainable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs present plans revamping the EU’s food systems, to produce healthier food, ensure food security, a fair income for farmers and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint. Parliament welcomes the Farm to Fork strategy and underlines the importance of producing sustainable and healthy food to achieve […]

Alexei Navalny awarded the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have awarded Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala announced the 2021 laureate in the Strasbourg plenary chamber on Wednesday afternoon, following an earlier decision by the Conference […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary to discuss citizens’ contributions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This weekend, the Conference Plenary will discuss reports from the European Citizens’ Panels, national panels and events, the EYE and the Platform. This Conference Plenary meeting represents two major milestones in the context of the Conference. On the one hand, the 80 representatives of […]

The effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hijab Mustunsar, a Final Year student of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakitsan. 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 not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

How steel is proving a critical component in transport’s journey to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, AB Volvo Radical decarbonization is possible if the steel, transport and infrastructure industries work together. Hydrogen has the potential to deliver far-reaching change, replacing fossil fuels in everything from steel production to transportation. […]

These bike shelters are made from wind turbines

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 Wind turbines have a service life of around 20 years. 85% of them can be recycled. But the plastic polymer blades pose a special challenge. 100% recyclable blades are just around the […]

Poland: MEPs call for the primacy of EU law to be upheld

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament asks the Commission to act immediately to defend Polish citizens and the foundations of EU law, by triggering the conditionality mechanism. In a heated plenary debate with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian Foreign Affairs Minister […]

COP26, getting to net-zero: How clean electrification can be crowdsourced by digitalizing the grid

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amina Hamidi, Chief Technology Officer, Electrification, ABB & Philip New, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult As we head towards COP26, clean electrification would get us three-fourths of the way to net zero. Digitalization offers the chance to […]

Flood risk is rising. Here’s where – and what can be done

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 & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Floods linked to climate change disproportionately devastate poor areas. Efforts are underway to use technology to address this […]

3 ways social innovators are driving systemic change, from creating sustainable fashion to supporting refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Programme and Engagement Lead, Europe and Americas – Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum Social innovators are helping address some of the most pressing issues of today. For example, they are providing solutions to fight climate change, […]

Why the call of Presidents Michel and Xi should help get EU-China relations back on track asap

Last Friday, a much anticipated high level call call took place between EU Council’s President Charles Michel and China’s President Xi Jinping. The call came exactly one month after the European Parliament’s issued “vision” of the China-EU relations and following a year of setbacks in the EU-China relations. Overall, the leaders’ call was positive allowing […]

Renewable energy is cheaper than previously thought, says a new report – and could be a gamechanger in the climate change battle

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Renewable energy prices have fallen far more quickl than the industry anticipated, says a new report. And they are fast becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. A rapid transition to emissions-free ‘green’ energy could […]

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology supports the New European Bauhaus with €5 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is today launching the ‘EIT Community Booster – Scaling New European Bauhaus Ventures’ in order to support the New European Bauhaus initiative. This first call will support 20 innovative companies with a budget of up to […]

The EU Digital COVID Certificate: a global standard with more than 591 million certificates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a report on the EU Digital COVID Certificate  and its implementation across the EU. The report shows that the EU certificate has been a crucial element in Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 591 million certificates generated. […]

Aviation: EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Union and the State of Qatar today signed a comprehensive air transport agreement, upgrading rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU. The agreement sets a new global benchmark by committing both sides to fair competition, and by including social […]

Could blockchain be the key that unlocks the SDGs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rodney Prescott, Strategy Consultant, IO Global & Leon Molchanovsky, Managing Director, IO Global & Kaj Burchardi, Managing Director and Head of Platinion Netherlands, BCG Platinion Although much effort has gone into meeting the SDGs, significant barriers remain – […]

Why eye care is key to an active, healthy life

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristina Dziekan, Head, Market Access, Government Affairs and Tendering, Surgical Europe, Alcon Good eye health is a pillar of healthy ageing. Eye conditions are remarkably common. Those who live long enough will experience at least one eye condition […]

What is ‘eco-anxiety’ and how can we ease young people’s fears for the planet?

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 Experts at Imperial College London have warned ‘eco-anxiety’ is growing among children. More than 45% of young people in a survey of 10 countries said their feelings about climate change “negatively affected […]

Rule of law in Slovenia: MEPs conclude their first mission to the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A European Parliament delegation travelled to Slovenia, where they met with national authorities, journalists and NGOs, to assess respect of EU values and rule of law. From Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October, seven MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and one from […]

Why we shouldn’t overstate the pandemic’s effect on productivity growth 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Global Chief Economist, Boston Consulting Group & Paul Swartz, Director and Senior Economist, BCG Henderson Institute The secular growth of services has been a significant drag on aggregate productivity growth – but the shock of COVID […]

Investment, bans and goals: Everything to know about the environment this week

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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Call for urgent action on biodiversity; IEA calls […]

NextGenerationEU: Bulgaria submits official recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today received an official recovery and resilience plan from Bulgaria. This plan sets out the reforms and public investment projects that Bulgaria plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is at the heart […]

MEPs want protection for media, NGOs and civil society from abusive lawsuits

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs rules against vexatious legal actions intended to silence critical voices, according to the Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees. In a draft report endorsed on Thursday with 63 votes for, 9 against, and 10 abstentions, MEPs propose measures to counteract […]

Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, the Commission has adopted today its formal proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people […]

Second-Class Doctor: Online Doctor

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Dilara Dimbaş, a second-year medical student at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. 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 not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Mobile phone roaming: MEPs back extension of free roaming in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Industry Committee voted in favour of extending the “Roam like at Home” scheme for another ten years. The updated legislation, a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming fees, also makes adjustments aiming for better roaming services for travellers. According to the text […]

European Innovation Council announces new wave of start-up champions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s European Innovation Council has selected 65 innovative start-ups and SMEs to receive €363 million of funding for breakthrough innovations. Each company will receive a combination of grant financing and equity investment of up to €17 million to develop and scale up […]

How steel is proving a critical component in transport’s journey to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Keohane Williamson, Chief Executive Officer, FCLT Global Radical decarbonization is possible if the steel, transport and infrastructure industries work together. Hydrogen has the potential to deliver far-reaching change, replacing fossil fuels in everything from steel production to […]

4 ways media and entertainment could be more equitable and diverse

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hesham Zafar, Community Curator, Media, Entertainment, and Information Industries, World Economic Forum There are examples of media, entertainment and sports brands that are bringing their diversity commitments to life. Others can learn from their successes to implement their […]

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Commission proposes bespoke arrangements to benefit Northern Ireland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed bespoke arrangements to respond to the difficulties that people in Northern Ireland have been experiencing because of Brexit, by further facilitating the movement of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. This follows extensive discussions over the past […]

Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe’s people and businesses. The Communication includes a “toolbox” that the EU and its Member States […]

Questions and answers on the EU’s Arctic Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why should the EU be engaged in the Arctic? As a geopolitical power and a major economic player, the EU has strategic and day-to-day interests, both in the European Arctic as well as the broader Arctic region, and shares the responsibility for sustainable development […]

Essential infrastructure: new rules to boost co-operation and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs endorse new rules to better protect essential services like energy, transport and drinking water. With 57 votes in favour and 6 against (no abstentions), the Committee adopted its negotiation position on new rules on EU critical infrastructure entities. MEPs are […]