State aid: Commission approves €525.3 million German aid in favour of airline Condor in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found an aid package by Germany in favour of the airline Condor to be in line with EU State aid rules. The approval of the aid package, based on three separate Commission’s decisions, relates to two measures to compensate Condor […]

Producing sustainable building materials from volcanic ash and rocks

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 Disposing of volcanic ash is time-consuming and costly – recycling it could be a better option. Using that ash as a building material is a sustainable way of using it. Even the […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into arbitration award in favour of Antin to be paid by Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation in order to assess whether an arbitration award, to be paid by Spain in favour of Antin as compensation for the foregone support following the modification of a renewable electricity support measure, is in line with […]

Data governance: new rules to boost data sharing across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted rules to facilitate making more data available to help create new products and innovation, in particular in Artificial Intelligence. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee adopted on Thursday its position on the EU Data Governance Act (DGA), aimed at increasing trust in […]

Coronavirus: Over 3 million vaccines doses shared via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following new offers of assistance from EU Member States to countries in need, the Commission has so far supported the sharing of over 3 million COVID-19 vaccines with countries outside of the EU through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates the delivery […]

The roots and effects of the gender gap in medicine on current and future female doctors

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Esther Perinni, a 18 years 1th year medical student at Vila Velha University. 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 […]

The historic female struggle in medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Ayumi Waricoda Horaguti, a 24 years old medical student at Cesumar University, Brasil. 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 […]

Could dehydrating meat and vegetables help solve the global food waste problem?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content A food-tech company in Mumbai is converting farm food waste into preserved produce using dehydration technology. Dehydrating goods such as vegetables and meat keeps nutrients at peak level and boosts food security for […]

Rule of Law: start applying budget conditionality immediately

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The budget conditionality regulation does not require any additional clarification to be applied and rule of law breaches must be addressed without delay, say MEPs. In a resolution adopted by the Budget and Budgetary Control committees on Thursday with 53 votes 11 against and […]

Blockchain can help us beat climate change. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adelyn Zhou, CMO, Chainlink Labs Smart contracts running on blockchains can unlock new ways to fight climate change and to cope with its impact. This approach relies on networks of ‘oracles’ – entities that enable blockchains to absorb […]

VAT: New e-commerce rules in the EU will simplify life for traders and introduce more transparency for consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New Value-Added Tax (VAT) rules for online shopping enter into force later this week as part of efforts to ensure a more level playing field for all businesses, to simplify cross-border e-commerce and to introduce greater transparency for EU shoppers when it comes to […]

COVID-19 has devastated India’s self-employed women. Here’s how to support them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mirai Chatterjee, Chairperson, SEWA Cooperative Federation, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Self-employed women in India have been facing the brunt of the pandemic. The informal sector plays a pivotal role in the Indian economy – accounting for 55% of […]

How the creative manufacturing and handmade sector can craft a post-COVID-19 future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alison Phillips, Founding Partner and Chief of Design, Powered by People The COVID-19 pandemic brought many creative manufacturing and handmade businesses to a standstill; The sector’s workforce is one of the world’s largest, but also among the poorest […]

Questions & Answers on the latest update regarding the coordination of COVID-related measures restricting free movement in the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why was the Recommendation adopted in the first place? To limit the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the course of 2020, the EU’s 27 Member States have adopted various measures, some of which have had an impact on citizens’ right to move freely […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes initial findings of consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today the preliminary results of its competition sector inquiry into markets for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) related products and services in the European Union. The Preliminary Report confirms the rapid growth of these markets, but also identifies potential […]

EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe’s recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission has today proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs. It […]

The world’s fatigue from COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Muthu Abirami, a first year medical student in GMERS SOLA  medical college In Ahmedabad, India. 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 writers and do not […]

COVID-19 Wave III: Were the lessons learned from last year implemented?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mehak Zarif, a medical student from Pakistan. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and humans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EU Biodiversity Law is needed to set the biodiversity governance framework until 2050, the Environment Committee agreed on Friday. The committee adopted its position on the “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives”, with 62 votes to 4 and […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Finland submits official recovery and resilience plan

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

Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation. It sets out Commission expectations, calls for stronger commitments by the signatories […]

We need tech solutions that value human interaction more than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: So-Young Kang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gnowbe In a new “low touch”, remote working economy, companies must reevaluate how they manage employee and company performance. The need for human connection is greater than ever – we need […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Hungary submits official recovery and resilience plan

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

State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by 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 €500 million Greek support scheme to support food service companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, […]

Why an evidence-driven approach is the best way for businesses to support workplace mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miranda Wolpert, Director, Mental Health, Wellcome Trust Anxiety and depression are estimated to cost the global economy over $1 trillion every year in lost productivity. Businesses are increasingly seeking ways to support the mental health of staff, but […]

These 3 countries are 3D-printing new homes

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 By 2030, three billion people will need improved housing. That means building 96,000 new homes every day. 3D-printing technology can create high-quality homes in a fraction of the time and cost of […]

AI and nanotechnology could make cancer cell therapy affordable for all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Professor Liesbet Lagae, Director of Life Science Technology Activities at IMEC and teaches Nanobiotechnology, KU Leuven CAR-T therapy can cure terminally ill cancer patients but it is prohibitively expensive, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leveraging recent advances […]

Can this billion-dollar initiative save the world’s tropical forests?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content A new public-private initiative will provide $1 billion in financing to countries that protect their tropical forests. The US, UK and Norwegian governments have teamed up with global businesses such as Amazon, GSK […]

COVID-19 Wave III: were the lessons learned from last year implemented?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Wireko Andrew Awuah, a Ghanaian medical student of Sumy State University, Ukraine. He 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 […]

Independent journalism is a public good. We must work together to protect it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonio Zappulla, CEO , Thomson Reuters Foundation The COVID-19 pandemic has eroded media freedom around the world and led to a decline in independent journalism. The pandemic has forced news organisations to adapt to changes to news consumption, […]

Ocean conservation: EU leads the international effort to establish new Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius hosted a ministerial meeting to build support among the Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for the designation of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, […]

Until breath becomes air, there is no limit to care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sara Ayoub, a Lebanese 20 years old third year medical student at the Lebanese University, Beirut. 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 writers and do not […]

How to ensure vaccine equity, build trust and strength global health systems

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 Economic Forum held an Issue Briefing to mark World Immunization Week. Experts from around the globe discussed how can we ensure vaccine equity, build trust in COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen […]