Outbreak or breakout? How to protect prison populations from COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Weisman, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum & Matthew Blake, Head of Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, World Economic Forum Significant parts of many prison populations have been released as an emergency response […]

More protection for our seas and oceans is needed, report finds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today a report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU’s framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic […]

MEPs approve €585 million to support refugees from Syria

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

State aid: Commission approves €6 billion German measure to recapitalise Lufthansa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute €6 billion to the recapitalisation of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH), the parent company of Lufthansa Group. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as […]

Victims’ Rights: New Strategy to empower victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission presented today its first ever EU Strategy on victims’ rights to ensure that all victims of crime can fully rely on their rights, no matter where in the EU the crime took place. The strategy sets a number of actions for […]

How nudge theory can help empty our plastic-filled ‘drawers of shame’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Zuber, Global Shaper, Austin Hub The amount of plastic waste we generate has surged since the start of the pandemic. Many of us now have drawers filled with unused plastic cutlery we have received with takeaway orders. […]

Here’s why e-mobility must be at the heart of the green recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vesa Laisi, President, Danfoss Drives Electric mobility could help curb emissions and create much-needed economic growth. Ambitious policies and economic stimuli are needed now to make this a reality. This will require cooperation between governments at the local, […]

EU budget 2021: An annual budget focused on European recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU, the temporary recovery instrument aimed at mobilising investments and kick-starting the European economy. […]

Commission report: EU data protection rules empower citizens and are fit for the digital age

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, just over two years after its entry into application, the European Commission published an evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The report shows the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of […]

17 ways technology could change the world by 2025

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Geneva We asked our 2020 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world in the next five years. From quantum computers and 5G […]

Why we need to solve our quantum security challenges

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Louise Axon, Research Associate in Cybersecurity, University of Oxford & Sadie Creese, Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Oxford & Jamie Saunders, Oxford Martin Fellow, University of Oxford & William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic […]

Taking care of our routes: the elderly in the time of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Harman Singh Bhatia, a second year psychiatry resident and Ms. Purva Shah, an intern doctor, both of them at Baroda Medical College and SSG Hospital, India. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

A ‘system value’ approach can accelerate the energy transition. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrik Andersen, Chief Executive Officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Chair, Electricity Industry Action Group The pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition. ‘System value’ is a method of measuring the impact […]

The Great Reset after COVID-19 must put people first

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amol Mehra, Director of Programmes, Laudes Foundation • COVID-19 has exposed many underlying structural and institutional inequalities. • Social movements are pushing for action on putting people first. • Governments, business and the philanthropic sector must lead in […]

On the 22nd China-EU Summit: “negotiating partner, economic competitor and systemic rival”; is this the right EU approach to address your 2nd biggest trading partner?

Yesterday was the day that the much anticipated 22nd China-EU Summit took place. As this year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, the EU-China Summit had been initially scheduled to take place earlier in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the Summit took place through […]

The technologies – and thoughtful collaborations – that can build resilience in the food system after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph; Professor; Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, University of Guelph & Lenore Newman. Director, Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of […]

Digital Finance: Commission holds closing pan-European conference following extensive outreach events

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission today hosts the closing conference of the 2020 Digital Finance Outreach (DFO) event in Brussels. This conference is the final in a series of 19 national events organised together with Member States, which took place from February to June 2020. More […]

Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Culture and Education Committee criticised the cuts to education and cultural programmes made by the Commission in its new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget. In a debate on Monday in the Culture and Education Committee with the Commission, all MEPs referred to cuts […]

New rules allow EU consumers to defend their rights collectively

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament and Council negotiators reached a deal on the first EU-wide rules on collective redress, on Monday. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass harm, while at the same […]

Post the pandemic: keeping our worlds turning

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hannah Vrolijk, a second-year medicine student (KU Leuven, Belgium) driven by mental health awareness. 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 […]

Digitalization is changing banking – These 3 trends will help shape its future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Max Chuard, Chief Executive Officer, Temenos COVID-19 is accelerating demands for new banking technologies and cost-cutting efficiencies. Cloud technologies and AI can help banks weather changes brought by COVID-19 and distinguish their offerings in the the long term. […]

Forget 2009, this is the real credit crisis of our time

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Elliott, Partner, Financial Services, Oliver Wyman (MMC) & Ted Moynihan, Managing Partner, Financial Services, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) We need governments to develop policies focused more on equity than debt. They could co-invest with private sector funds […]

Parliament requests further action to save EU tourism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for additional measures to save the EU’s tourism and travel sector and make it future-proof after COVID-19 crisis. The resolution on transport and tourism in 2020 and beyond was adopted on Friday by 587 votes in favour, 32 against and 46 abstentions. […]

Parliament condemns all forms of racism, hate and violence and calls for action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. There is no place for racism and discrimination in our societies, say MEPs, asking the EU to take a strong and decisive stand against racism, violence and injustice. In a resolution adopted on Friday with 493 votes to 104 and 67 abstentions, the Parliament […]

MEPs call for free movement across borders to be swiftly and fully re-established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A swift return to a fully functional Schengen area is needed to safeguard freedom of movement and ensure the EU’s economic recovery, say MEPs. MEPs express their concern about remaining internal border controls in the Schengen area and their impact on people and businesses, […]

Bold measures needed to protect cross-border and seasonal workers in EU, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for urgent action to safeguard health, safety and fair working conditions of cross-border and seasonal workers in the context of COVID-19 The COVID-19-crisis has further exposed and exacerbated social dumping and the existing precariousness of the situations of many mobile workers employed […]

COVID-19: Boosting aid for farmers from the EU rural development fund

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Friday, MEPs increased the crisis support that EU states should soon be able to pay to farmers and agri-food SMEs from the EU rural development fund. The emergency measure, approved in the Parliament by 636 votes in favour to 21 against, with 8 […]

Commission publishes EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online continues to deliver results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission released the results of its fifth evaluation of the 2016 Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. The results are overall positive with IT companies assessing 90% of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 71% of the […]

The world’s most vulnerable must be protected: WHO briefing

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 The World Health Organization held a media briefing on 19 June, to update the public on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of World Refugee Day, calls were made to protect the world’s most […]

5 ways the ocean can contribute to a green post-COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, REV Ocean & Martin Stuchtey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SYSTEMIQ The ocean can play a huge role in promoting a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. From food production to renewable energy, the […]

Coronavirus in Brazil: mental health in tragedy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Gustavo Abud Priedols and Ms. Letícia Ribeiro da Cunha, two second-year medical students at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina, located in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

For resilient, sustainable city mobility after COVID-19, these trends must continue

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michelle Watt, Global Leadership Fellow, Member of the Acceleration Team, World Economic Forum & Maya Ben Dror, Lead, Autonomous and Urban Mobility, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum Multi-modality benefited both operators and […]

How supply chain transparency can help businesses make the right calls

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger Responding to our current challenges is made harder by a lack of information. Choosing the right way forward has become a case of risk-assessment. Supply chain transparency can help to negate some […]