Binding legislation needed to stop EU-driven global deforestation, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the Commission to put forward rules to stop EU-driven global deforestation through mandatory due diligence for companies placing products on the EU market. Currently, there is no EU legislation prohibiting products that contribute to the destruction of forests from being placed […]

Better and more robust rights for rail passengers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional political agreement on stronger rights for passengers travelling by train. The updated legislation on rail passengers’ rights will guarantee rerouting and help passengers when there are delays and cancellations, improve access and assistance to people with reduced […]

Mergers: Commission approves Worldline’s acquisition of Ingenico, 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 acquisition of Ingenico by Worldline, both active in the payment services sector. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by the parties. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in […]

Mobile technology facilitating social distance in the middle of a pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Pedro Henrique Graciotto Pontes Ivantes and Ana Flávia Cury Ivantes, two fourth-year medical students at a university in southern Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

Here’s how we need to change global supply chains after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Schell, Chief Commercial Officer, HP The COVID-19 pandemic plunged nearly every industry into crisis with goods production and supply chains particularly disrupted; A collaborative response from public and private sectors and the use of innovative technologies to […]

Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. Setting out a vision of the European Education Area to be achieved by […]

EU and Georgia sign Financing Agreements for COVID-19 Recovery worth €129 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, signed two financing agreements worth €129 million to assist Georgia in coping with the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the country’s economy. Commissioner Várhelyi commented: “The European […]

How banks can help companies restructure for growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Spellacy, Senior Managing Director, Global Capital Markets Lead, Accenture & Alan McIntyre, Senior Managing Director, Global Banking Lead, Accenture & Derek Baraldi, Head of the Banking Industry, World Economic Forum The banking industry has to walk the […]

Mobile technology: health in your hands

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Niedja Fernanda Nobre dos Santos, a student of the fourth period ofMedicine of the State University of Rio Grande do Norte-UERN. 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 […]

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: EU Prosecutors take their oath at the European Court of Justice

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Prosecutors of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office have taken their oath in a ceremony at the European Court of Justice.  Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Transparency and Values, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration and Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice […]

Geopolitics and investment in emerging markets after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC & Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Investors could address gaps in critical infrastructure and provide options for a green future in emerging markets. Governments and central banks within some […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the EP’s Committee on Culture and Education called for swift and concrete measures to close the digital education gap in Europe. The resolution was adopted by 26 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions. “The last six months have seen our […]

Celebrating Multilingualism Day at the EP – where 24 languages meet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament is organising an Online Multilingualism Day to celebrate one of the EU’s core values that ensures Parliament is accessible and transparent. The Online Multilingualism Day 2020 events will take place on Saturday 26 September from 10.00 to 16.30 CET. Talks and […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission to boost Europe’s capital markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published a new, ambitious Action Plan to boost the European Union’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) over the coming years. The EU’s top priority today is to ensure that Europe recovers from the unprecedented economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Developing […]

A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content Today, the European Commission is proposing a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and […]

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This […]

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers’ protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed today to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing […]

Commission launches initiative for more sustainable cocoa production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today kicks off an initiative to improve sustainability in the cocoa sector. A new multi-stakeholder dialogue brings together representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – the two main cocoa producing countries accounting for 70% of global cocoa production – as well […]

This disability activist says we must offer dignity and financial inclusion rather than just braille and ramps

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 It’s time to boost the economic resilience and participation of people across the developing world – particularly people living with disabilities. The benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution aren’t being experienced universally. […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger […]

Click and Download: your app is ready to help you save lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. João Gilberto Wobeto and Ms. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti, two 4th year medical students at Federal University of Pelotas, in southern Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

The importance and the need of mobile technology in the health care system and in saving lives.

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainal h shah, a fourth year medical student studying in Gujarat medical education research society (GMERS) medical college, Gandhinagar, India. He us affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

Key quotes from China’s Premier Li on COVID-19, the economy and US relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. China’s Premier Li Keqiang shared his thoughts with business leaders during a virtual World Economic Forum Special Dialogue, at a critical time for a world economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing China’s efforts to shore up its domestic […]

Your recycling actually gets recycled, right? Not always, says this report

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 Up to 31% of plastic exported from Europe for recycling doesn’t end up being recycled, a new study estimates. Thousands of tonnes could be ending up in the oceans. Technologies that enable […]

Green Deal: measures to step up the fight against global deforestation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs outline how the EU can contribute to tackling worldwide deforestation and call for domestic policies to be revised to protect European forests. In the non-binding resolution adopted on Tuesday with 543 votes to 47 and 109 abstentions, in response to a Commission communication, […]

This is how you should be social distancing – depending on where you are and what you’re doing

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 Current COVID-19 social distancing rules are too rigid and need to reflect real-life risks better, say Oxford and MIT researchers. They have broken-down situations into high- and low-risk categories – including speaking […]

EU-China Leaders’ Meeting: Upholding EU values and interests at the highest level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Joint press release by President Michel, President von der Leyen and Chancellor Merkel The European Union and China held a Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference on 14 September 2020. An EU-China Leaders’ meeting with the participation of leaders of all EU member states was initially […]

The technological revolution has changed the way of saving lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hyale Melo Lima, fourth period student of medicine at UNICEPLAC-Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos, 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 writer […]

3 trends that will transform the energy industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yasushi Fukuizumi, Vice President of Energy Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries As energy use falls, electrification and renewable energy will keep expanding. A distributed energy network will replace the traditional utility business model. Digital transformation is critical to the […]

EU steps up aid for Lebanon – European Commissioner for Crisis Management in Beirut

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Arriving on board of an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight to Beirut today, Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, has started an official visit to Lebanon where he will meet Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib and oversee EU aid efforts following the devastating explosions […]

Health care’s digital times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Heloisa Picolotto Oliveira and Ms. Jessica Lais Caregnato de Meira, two fourth-year medical student at Unicesumar, Paraná, Brazil. They are 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 writers […]

Statement by the European Commission following the extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the publication by the UK government of the draft “United Kingdom Internal Market Bill” on 9 September 2020, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič called for an extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee to request the UK government to elaborate on its intentions and to […]

Turning crisis into opportunity: How to finance a sustainable recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content The latest Great Reset virtual meeting looked at financing a sustainable recovery. Speakers looked at the work already done, the challenges that remain and the opportunities that exist to ‘build back better.’ […]