Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes ‘Best Practices’ to provide relief for consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has welcomed a list of ‘best practices’ agreed by the financial sector, and consumer and business organisations, to help further mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It sets out concretely how different market participants can support citizens and businesses throughout […]

Could this electric ferry’s success herald an era of greener shipping?

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 Danish electric ferry Ellen has successfully completed 10 months of sea trials. With an energy efficiency rating of 85%, the passenger ferry is capable of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 2,250 […]

Antitrust: Aspen proposes 73% price reduction for six off-patent cancer medicines to remove Commission’s excessive pricing concerns

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments submitted by Aspen to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing as regards six off-patent cancer medicines. Aspen proposes to reduce its prices in Europe for these medicines by 73% on average. In […]

Pandemic versus fear

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado, a 18 year-old medical student and Mr. Mateus Magalhães Crippa, a 19 year-old medical student, both at their 3rd year of studies in medicine in Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

To build back better, we must reinvent capitalism. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development & John Elkington, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Volans The pandemic has brought into focus many of the vulnerabilities in our systems and institutions. But it also offers […]

COVID-19 creates a perfect storm for the extreme weather season

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 COVID-19 will hamper preparations for and responses to extreme weather events this year. Even a relatively small natural hazard event will place disproportionate stress on already overstretched systems. Agility […]

The world’s supercomputers joined forces against COVID-19 – why such collaborations are critical for tackling future emergencies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research, IBM During the pandemic, the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium made the world’s most powerful computers available for free to researchers trying to fight COVID-19. COVID-19 showed the power of global […]

Parliament calls on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Friday. Following Wednesday’s debate, where MEPs requested the Commission to close loopholes in EU chemicals legislation to help REACH to function […]

Energy: EU funding for priority projects should reflect 2050 climate objectives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects that are fully in line with its climate policy, said Parliament. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, should be consistent with EU energy […]

Commission welcomes Bulgaria and Croatia’s entry into the Exchange Rate Mechanism II

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the decision to include the Bulgarian lev and the Croatian kuna in the Exchange Rate Mechanism II (ERM II). It also welcomes the ECB Governing Council’s decision on close cooperation with both countries, marking their entry into the Banking Union. The […]

Mental Health x Meditation, in times of pandemic: cognitive and behavioral modifications

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marina Candido da Silva, 5th year of medical school, academic at Centro Universitário Ingá (Uningá), member of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations of Brazil (IFMSA Brazil). She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

Mental health in times of pandemic: what can each individual do to lessen the burden?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Santos Alencastro Figueiredo, a second-year medical student from Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju-SE, 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 and do not necessarily […]

How to maintain mental health in times of pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Bussaneli Martins 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 the […]

MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis. The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday […]

Venezuela: MEPs call for free and fair elections in the crisis-torn country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament reiterates its deep concern at the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. In the text, adopted by 487 votes in favour, 119 against with 79 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent action to prevent the […]

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for […]

Why activist athletes are needed today more than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mary Harvey, CEO, Centre for Sport and Human Rights Activism in sports has a proud history in the US and around the world, and current events are making it more important than ever. Building on this and finding […]

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020. The political agreement with the Council was reached in December […]

EU Citizenship: New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new Eurobarometer survey on EU Citizenship and Democracy released today by the European Commission shows that a vast majority of Europeans (91%) are familiar with the term “citizen of the European Union”. This is the highest level of awareness yet since 2007 and […]

Time to act together: Von der Leyen at the European Parliament July plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “If we do it right, we can also emerge stronger from this crisis thanks to a common European purpose based on NextGenerationEU,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on 8 July. She spoke at the European Parliament plenary on the […]

Workers want flexibility. After COVID, they just might get it: Poll

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 Most people now want a mix of remote and office-based working, a new report says. 75% of workers polled want to retain flexibility over their schedule. The majority of bosses agree. The […]

EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The four presidents of the main EU institutions met today to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead. A read-out of the meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

European Commission and World Bank Group renew agreement to strengthen development cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the World Bank Group have today signed a Financial Framework Partnership Agreement, which guides the terms under which the Bank Group will use funding from the European Union to implement development projects across the world. Building on the partners’ longstanding […]

The Mental Health Hero in You

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Viegas, a medical student who is the NPO of ANEM-Portugal. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

It’s time to get serious about the causes of pandemics: UN report

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 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. 60% of known infectious diseases are, too. $100 billion has been lost to zoonotic diseases over the past two decades – not accounting for COVID-19. […]

To what extent can renewable energy empower women in rural communities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tharanga Gunawardena, Communications Manager, Room to Read The global energy sector is rapidly transforming and moving more towards renewable energy, a shift that is a huge opportunity to achieve greater gender equality and inclusion. Yet the energy sector […]

What are Asia Pacific countries getting right in the fight against cancer?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rachel Frizberg, Area Head Asia Pacific, Roche Pharma As healthcare systems focus on COVID-19, other areas – such as cancer care – are being disrupted. A new report examines the readiness of countries in the APAC region to […]

This 3D-printed steak could help us reduce meat consumption

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 Every year, billions of animals are raised and slaughtered for food. This uses huge amounts of water and energy. Some experts believe alternatives could be better for people and the environment. Billions […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

EU allocates over €22 million to help Palestinians in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has announced €22.7 million in humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people in Palestine[1], who are increasingly threatened by violence, hardship and a lack of essential services. Already affected by movement restrictions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus has exacerbated […]

German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Germany holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2020. The first series of hearings is taking place from […]

EU, Canada and China co-host international meeting on climate cooperation and a sustainable economic recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the Canadian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson and China’s Minister for Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu co-chaired the 4th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA). This year’s meeting took place in […]

Mental health in the context of a pandemic: social distance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Karoline Silveira Cavalcante, a third year medicine student from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte and member of IFMSA Brazil – UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]