Coronavirus: Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today decided to approve requests from Member States and the UK to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices, and protective equipment, from third countries in order to help in the fight against coronavirus. This will […]

The community and a decent working conditions for the young health workforce

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Oluwakamisi Ayomide Adebisi, a 4th-year medical student at Ekiti state university college of medicine, Nigeria. He 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 […]

Fact-checking Day: Fighting the virus of disinformation on Covid-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to fake news and disinformation spreading, which hamper efforts to contain the pandemic. Today 2 April, on International Fact-checking Day, Parliament is contributing to raising awareness of the dangers of disinformation, not only for citizens’ health, but […]

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE. It […]

Questions and answers: Commission proposes SURE, a new temporary instrument worth up to €100 billion to help protect jobs and people in work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What is SURE and why is the Commission proposing it? The new instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) is designed to help protect jobs and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It will provide financial assistance, in the […]

“Decent working conditions for the young health workforce: what are the challenges and can we find solutions?”

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. José Ganicho, a 5th-year medical student from the Beira Interior University, Member of the Medical Students Association from Portugal. He 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 […]

6 things to know about coronavirus today, 1 April

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum In this round-up, find coronavirus news updates, tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: fighting coronavirus and unemployment simultaneously, how China’s economy gives the world a […]

EU approves close to €240 million to strengthen resilience in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its support for refugees from Syria and vulnerable persons in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon through a new package of almost €240 million, raising the total assistance via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis to […]

Youth and Decent Work: A Review of Today’s Facts, Challenges and Possible Solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Utku Timurçin, a 4th year medical student and a public health advocate, Member of Turkish Medical Students Associations’. He 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 […]

As coronavirus spreads to poorer countries, here’s how the world can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International Thirty million people. More than that many people could die worldwide from coronavirus unless we see urgent intervention, according to Imperial College London. We could see the world’s biggest humanitarian disaster […]

Viet Nam shows how you can contain COVID-19 with limited resources

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 To date, Viet Nam has had no fatalities as a result of the pandemic. The government acted swiftly to suspend flights, shut schools and quarantine new arrivals. More than 45 million Vietnamese […]

Why Sub-Saharan Africa needs a unique response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neema Kaseje, Founder, Surgical Systems Research Group Malnutrition and disease means COVID-19 could be more deadly in Africa than elsewhere in the world. Health systems in Africa have limited capacity to absorb the pandemic. The strategic approach should […]

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and 15 other members of the WTO today decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body. Given its strong and unwavering support for a […]

US now has most coronavirus cases in the world – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

This is the human impact of COVID-19 – and how business can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group As business close to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, financial concerns and job losses are one of the first human impacts of the virus; Not knowing how this pandemic […]

COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday. The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two […]

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. The new guidance recommends operational and organisational steps to keep essential transport flows moving, including medical supplies and personnel. Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean declared: “Air cargo amounts to […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The truth against the myths

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura Regelskytė, a third-year medical student at the Medicine Faculty of Vilnius University, Lithuania. 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 […]

Advice on fighting COVID-19 from the Red Cross, a chemist and academics around the world: Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. In this daily update, we’ve assembled some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information. 1. […]

Technology can hinder good mental health at work. Here’s how it can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Houston, Chief Executive Officer, North and South Europe, Deloitte Technology has exacerbated some mental health issues in the workplace, but it could also provide solutions for better support and employee well-being; Organizations in the UK must deploy […]

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019. Within its first 100 days, the Commission focused on delivering its most important priorities set in the President’s political guidelines. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der […]

Peatlands are under threat. Here’s why we must act now to save them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Saputelli, Sustainability Specialist, Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability, World Economic Forum & Peter Staubli, Co-founder and director, Beck & Staubli Peatlands play a huge role as carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots. Centuries of depletion, either by drainage […]

Commissioner Hogan announces new transparency package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan announced his intention to further step up the European Commission’s transparency commitments by, among others, systematically reporting on the work of all committees established under EU trade agreements. Speaking to civil society representatives in Brussels, Commissioner Hogan said: […]

Permafrost is thawing so fast it’s gouging holes in the Arctic

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 Abrupt melting of the permafrost layer is leading to erosion, landslides and craters in the Arctic landscape. As the permafrost melts, greenhouse gases are released into the environment. Current climate change forecasts […]

These are the countries best prepared for health emergencies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Global Health Security Index lists the countries best prepared for an epidemic or pandemic. National health security is fundamentally weak around the world, it says, and nowhere is fully prepared to […]

A more credible, dynamic, predictable and political EU accession process – Commission lays out its proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission put forward a proposal to drive forward the EU accession process, by making it more credible, with a stronger political steer, more dynamic and predictable. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, commented: “The European Union enlargement to the Western […]

How to accelerate digital literacy in the enterprise world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Umbach, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, XapiX Inc. Workers increasingly need improved soft skills as well as technology focused hard skills Companies require the right leadership, structure and mindset to manage the shift Government initiatives should also […]

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions. In a debate with the Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs Nikolina Brnjac on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission […]

How do we upskill a billion people by 2030? Leadership and collaboration will be key

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC Most CEOs are positive about the impact of tech on their day-to-day work. There is a clear correlation between economic optimism and upskilling. Although people may have fears about the future, they want […]

These 2 teenagers have helped change the law on plastic pollution in Indonesia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Bali has introduced a plastic bag ban after Melati Wijsen’s campaign. Indonesia’s President has now promised to clean up the country’s rivers. The young generation is finding solutions to the world’s problems. […]

How technology and play can power high-quality learning in schools

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation Education technology is exploding, expected to reach $342 billion in 2025. Learning through play has a critical role in education and in preparing children for challenges and opportunities ahead. Creating […]

Universal Health Care: can it exist only in utopic society?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mohammad Jamal Alsaqqaf, a 3rd year medical student from the Hadhramout University, Yemen. He 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 […]

Business is a crucial partner in solving the mental health challenge

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miranda Wolpert, Head, Mental Health Priority Area, Wellcome Trust Approaches to mental health problems are limited to two biomedical strategies. More than 100 different other approaches have been suggested. Employers must collaborate in working towards the next generation […]