We urgently need to kickstart tourism’s recovery but crisis offers an opportunity to rethink it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General, UNCTAD With vaccination advancing in most developed economies, we would have expected the tourism situation today to be significantly better than this time last year. Sadly, it is not. Less than 10 years away […]

Coronavirus: EU supports Member States with transport of essential supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission continues to provide further financial support to six Member States through the Mobility Package of the Emergency Support Instrument amounting to over €14 million, for the transport of COVID-19 vaccination-related equipment and COVID-19 therapeutics. This comes on top of the €150 million […]

How to back an inclusive post-COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vineet Rai, Founder and Chairman, Aavishkaar Group & Carolien de Bruin, Head, COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 crisis has shown that philanthropic and grant capital is best placed to mobilize rapid relief. […]

How can the world end viral hepatitis by 2030? 5 experts explain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Oliver, Consultant, World Economic Forum World Hepatitis Day is July 28, 2021. More than 1 million people die from hepatitis B and C every year. We asked four experts for their proposals to eliminate hepatitis. More than […]

Commission opens infringement procedures against 12 Member States for not transposing EU rules banning unfair trading practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission opened infringement procedures against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector. The Directive on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain, adopted on 17 April 2019, ensures protection of […]

Vaccinating the world: ‘Team Europe’ to share more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ensuring access to safe and affordable COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and notably for low and middle-income countries, is a priority for the European Union. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, President von der Leyen announced that ‘Team Europe’ […]

Thinking like global citizens can usher in a fairer world. Here are 6 ways to start

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bhushan Sethi, Joint Global Leader, People and Organisation, PwC US & Lady Mariéme Jamme, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iamtheCODE • Fostering a sense of common humanity is essential to reversing current inequalities and polarized communities. • The […]

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering. This package […]

Digital sovereignty: Commission kick-starts alliances for Semiconductors and industrial cloud technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission kick-starts today two new Industrial Alliances: the Alliance for Processors and Semiconductor technologies, and the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud. The two new alliances will advance the next generation of microchips and industrial cloud/edge computing technologies and provide […]

The hardships of career advancement for women in medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fjona Manja, a third year medical student in The Catholic University Our Lady of Good Council, Tiranë, Albania. She is affiliated with 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 […]

7 steps to make electricity systems more resilient to climate risks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight the energy security risks that climate change brings; From heatwaves to droughts, these challenges highlight the urgent need for strong and well-planned policies […]

Independent Ethics Body: improving transparency and integrity in EU institutions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU Ethics Body would be able to initiate investigations on possible conflicts of interest or “revolving door” cases for Commissioners, MEPs and staff. In a report endorsed by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Wednesday with 18 votes in favour, 8 against, and […]

How defining intangible investments can help grow the knowledge economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Hazan, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company & Sven Smit, Co-chair, McKinsey Global Institute, and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Amsterdam The definition of intangible assets needs updating to include the knowledge and skills that underpin them. New […]

Mental health: What is doomscrolling and how can we stop it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Doomscrolling – continually looking for bad news online – has grown during COVID-19. It’s particularly prevalent among people with mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. Clinical psychologist Dr Ariane Ling explains […]

Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence. Corruption has a devastating impact on the state of human rights, and often undermines the functioning and legitimacy of institutions […]

COVID-19: How the pandemic has made football’s structural problems worse

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Franck Bancel, Professor of Finance, ESCP Business School & Henri Philippe, Partner, Accuracy During the decade that preceded the COVID-19 crisis, football in Europe enjoyed a continuous increase in revenues. The crisis has put stress on football governance […]

The woman who wanted to be treated the same as the man

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Tiany de los Santos, a final year medical student in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily […]

COVID-19: EU helps deliver vaccines to Kosovo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is helping Norway to deliver over 180,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Kosovo, following Kosovo’s request for assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75% of the costs for transporting the assistance. Commissioner for […]

A fight for equality: the female fight

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amália Brandão Piovesan and Ms. Natália Cariello Brotas Corrêa, two medical students at at UVV – Vila Velha University, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Google has violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services in the so called “ad tech” supply chain, to the detriment of competing providers of advertising technology […]

Why we need to make planetary health part of city design

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tolullah Oni, Public health physician and urban epidemiologist, Clinical Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town Planetary health, which links human health to that of the Earth’s natural […]

How blockchain and cryptocurrencies can help build a greener future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Stonberg, Chief Executive Officer, Bittrex Global The cryptocurrency ecosystem is shifting towards a cleaner, greener future. Most energy used to mine crypto already comes from renewable sources. Rather than harm the planet, crypto and blockchain can actually […]

Deal reached on EU fund to help regions and businesses adapt to Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU legislators reached an agreement on Thursday on the 5 billion euro Brexit Adjustment Reserve, paving the way for a first payment by December. With a budget of 5 billion euro (in 2018 prices – 5.4 billion euro in current prices), the Brexit Adjustment […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Greece’s €30.5 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Greece’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards disbursing €17.8 billion in grants and €12.7 billion in loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) over the period 2021-2026. This financing […]

Eurovignette: provisional deal on new road haulage charging rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP and Council negotiators reached a deal on new road charging rules for trucks to transition from time-based to distance-based charging, reducing CO2 emissions. A provisional agreement reached on Wednesday between the European Parliament and Council negotiators will update the rules defining charges EU […]

Education: EU increases its commitment to Global Partnership for Education with a pledge of €700 million for 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the G7 Summit, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced today that the European Union is pledging €700 million for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to help transform education systems for more than one billion girls and boys […]

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A “Paris agreement” for biodiversity and an EU Biodiversity Law are needed to ensure that ecosystems are restored, resilient, and adequately protected by 2050. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted the resolution “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives” with 515 votes […]

Assessing the Commission’s 2020 Rule of Law report

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs take stock of developments and propose ways to improve the EC’s approach moving forward, with an eye set on the upcoming 2021 report on the rule of law in the EU. The Civil Liberties Committee approved the own-initiative report by Domènec Ruiz Devesa […]

How to make remote work in manufacturing a reality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Graham Immerman, Vice-President, Marketing, MachineMetrics The physical nature of the manufacturing industry has made the switch to remote work a challenge. Just 46% of the industry has enabled remote monitoring processes Here are the key challenges to overcome […]

EU farm policy reform: Council must be more flexible – we cannot waste more time

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Council’s lack of flexibility threatens security for EU farmers, Agriculture Committee Chair Norbert Lins warned, calling on Council to return to proper negotiations. Chair of the Agriculture Committee and head EP negotiator on the post-2022 EU farm policy Norbert Lins (EPP, DE) issued the […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes findings of evaluation on the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today the Evaluation Report and Staff Working Document summarising the findings of its evaluation of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation. The aim of the evaluation was to gather evidence on the functioning of the rules applicable to vertical […]

Public health: Stronger rules on medical devices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, new EU rules on medical devices (MDR) enter into application, establishing a modern and more robust regulatory framework to protect public health and patient safety. The new rules start applying after a one-year postponement due to the unprecedented challenges of the […]

How virtual tourism can rebuild travel for a post-pandemic world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anu Pillai S, Digital Transformation Leader, Innovation Engineering, Wipro The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the travel and tourism industries; Businesses in this sector must build infrastructure and practices that allow people to travel safely in a post-pandemic world […]