MEPs call for binding 2030 targets for materials use and consumption footprint

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs clear policy objectives to achieve a carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050 at the latest, say MEPs. On Wednesday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on the new EU Circular Economy […]

MEPs: Hold companies accountable for harm caused to people and planet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Legal Affairs Committee MEPs pave the way for a new EU law that requires companies to comply with human rights and environmental standards within their value chains. The draft legislative initiative (adopted by 21 votes in favour, one against and one abstention) calls on […]

This project in India is turning PPE into mattresses

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 Bedrolls made from PPE scraps are cheap, hygienic and lightweight. Indian fashion designer Lakshmi Menon started braiding the scraps into mattresses after seeing children sleeping on the road. Now they are being […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated approach on free movement restrictions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission proposed an update to the Council Recommendation of last October coordinating measures affecting free movement in the European Union. This is part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure better coordination and communication of travel-related measures at EU level. In light […]

MEPs: Access to adequate housing should be a fundamental European right

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the EU to recognise access to decent and affordable housing as an enforceable human right and to push for measures to eradicate homelessness. The resolution – adopted by352 votes in favour, 179 against and 152 abstentions on Thursday – states that […]

Additional and more flexible funding to help those most in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted today to continue making additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 in order to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived. With 649 votes in favour, 7 against and 31 abstentions, Parliament approved the agreement to adapt the FEAD regulation […]

Here’s what could happen to the global economy this year

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 A PwC report predicts the global economy will grow 5% this year. The issued value of green bonds will surpass $500 billion. G7 public debt levels will exceed $57 trillion. The global […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Valve and five publishers of PC video games € 7.8 million for “geo-blocking” practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Valve, owner of the online PC gaming platform “Steam”, and the five publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax € 7.8 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain […]

EU will have stronger powers in trade disputes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted new rules allowing the EU to use countermeasures in trade disputes when arbitration is blocked. The strengthening of the so-called enforcement regulation allows the EU to protect its trade interests against partners acting illegally. From now on, the EU can […]

Climate change will be sudden and cataclysmic. We need to act fast

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Giger, Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group The World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform Learn more Most Popular Vaccines may soon allow international travel to take off again. But will it ever return to normal?Joseph M. […]

Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic. In a Communication adopted today, it calls on Member States […]

Can we automate our way out of the savings crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martha King, Chief Client Officer, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Infosys Retirement Services Center of Excellence, Infosys Limited & Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys Ltd • The world is facing a pensions crisis by 2050. • AI-assisted technology […]

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and […]

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and […]

Commission proposes to purchase up to 300 million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today proposed to the EU Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.   This would enable the EU to purchase up […]

Why women don’t speak up on Zoom calls – and why that’s a 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 Women are systematically seen as less authoritative, study shows. Gender biases still shape the rules of social engagement. Changing the environment in the room – rather than changing women’s behaviour – should be […]

European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced today the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough […]

7 lessons leaders should take from the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amal Amin, Associate Professor, National Research Center; Founder and Chair, Women in Science Without Borders The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink humanity’s future. From better decision-making to the need for international cooperation, here are seven things we […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU allocates additional €3.5 million to support vulnerable refugees and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today an additional €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a humanitarian disaster. More than 1,700 refugees and migrants remain without appropriate shelter and support in Una Sana canton. After […]

How teaching ‘future resilient’ skills can help workers adapt to automation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education and Labor, New America Automation will create jobs but puts some occupations at risk, especially those involving routine or a low skill level; A faster, more affordable pathway to upskilling […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 4 January

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 daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: […]

This is how COVID-19 has impacted workers’ lives around the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content COVID-19 prompted about 30% of employed adults to take a leave of absence, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey. 56% experienced increased anxiety around job security. 55% found changes in […]

Can we crack the hydrogen puzzle this time around?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tony Pan, Chief Executive Officer, Modern Electron Hydrogen is back on the agenda as a potential decarbonization solution – but several fundamental challenges remain to be solved. These are the same barriers that stymied the last hydrogen hype […]

Brexit: the Commission proposes the creation of a Brexit Adjustment Reserve

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a Brexit Adjustment Reserve, as agreed by the European Council in July, to help counter the adverse economic and social consequences – at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 – in […]

Mergers: Commission approves the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Peugeot S.A., subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed merger between the automotive companies Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (‘FCA’) and Peugeot S.A. (‘PSA’). The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by the companies. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

Tigray conflict: EU increases humanitarian support by €23.7 million in Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To address the urgent humanitarian crisis linked to the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the EU has today increased humanitarian funding for the area by €23.7 million. Tigray is on the edge of a humanitarian catastrophe which risks destabilizing the whole neighbourhood. […]

Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain and Transport, World Economic Forum & Ludwig Hausmann, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Detlev Mohr, Senior Partner, McKinsey […]

EU signs final contracts under the €6 billion budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded the final contracts under the operational €6 billion budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The signature of the final eight contracts worth €780 million covers support for basic needs, health care, protection, municipal infrastructure as well as […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU, the EU’s plan for emerging stronger from the current crisis. It […]

Asylum: more solidarity among EU member states and funds for frontline countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Current asylum legislation neither ensures fair responsibility sharing among member states nor gives swift access to asylum procedures, to the frustration of MEPs. According to MEPs, the 2013 Dublin III Regulation puts a “disproportionate responsibility on a minority of member states, in particular when […]

EU Citizenship Report: empowering citizens and protecting their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published the 2020 EU Citizenship Report, which takes stock of the progress made on EU citizenship since the last report in 2017. The report also sets out new priorities and actions to empower EU citizens, such as an update of the […]

Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Fair and equitable access to a successful COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of income, for millions of people across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific, and in Europe’s eastern and southern neighbourhood, has been enabled by €500 million of new European financial support for the global […]

Anti-Corruption: First review of the EU’s implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is setting out its approach to undertake a review of the EU’s implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). As a party to the Convention, the EU must evaluate how its rules and practices comply with the anti-corruption principles, […]