4 ways to build a net-zero economy by 2050

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Veronica Scotti, Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re Management Ltd EU Green Deal, worth €1 trillion, puts Europe on course to meet net-zero targets by 2050. Multi-stakeholder approach is needed to build momentum and achieve these goals. Here […]

Additional and more flexible funding to help those most in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted today to continue making additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 in order to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived. With 649 votes in favour, 7 against and 31 abstentions, Parliament approved the agreement to adapt the FEAD regulation […]

Here’s what could happen to the global economy this year

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 A PwC report predicts the global economy will grow 5% this year. The issued value of green bonds will surpass $500 billion. G7 public debt levels will exceed $57 trillion. The global […]

I created a class to teach zero waste. It turned into so much more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sage Lenier, Student, UC Berkeley This activist created and teaches a course at UC Berkeley about how to achieve zero waste. In an interview with the Forum, she discusses the course and its aims – and her hopes […]

Medical students against male supremacy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Zahra Awaly and Rim Chehab, two third-year medical students in the Lebanese University. 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 and do not necessarily reflect […]

How teaching ‘future resilient’ skills can help workers adapt to automation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education and Labor, New America Automation will create jobs but puts some occupations at risk, especially those involving routine or a low skill level; A faster, more affordable pathway to upskilling […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 4 January

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 This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: […]

Commission adopts €70 million package for early access to EU COVID-19 vaccines in the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a package of €70 million under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) to help fund the access of Western Balkans partners to COVID-19 vaccines procured by EU Member States. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi said: “Throughout the […]

Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain and Transport, World Economic Forum & Ludwig Hausmann, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Detlev Mohr, Senior Partner, McKinsey […]

EU institutions agree on priorities for coming years: A common agenda for our recovery and renewed vitality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and Chancellor Angela Merkel, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, signed the Joint Declaration on legislative priorities for 2021. The Declaration cements the three institutions’ commitment to adopt swiftly the […]

Rule of Law mechanism applies without further delay as of 1 January, MEPs stress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution to wrap up Wednesday’s debate on the MFF package, MEPs challenge the EU summit declaration to suspend the Rule of Law mechanism pending ECJ approval. A resolution on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the Interinstitutional Agreement, the EU Recovery Instrument […]

Parliament adopts deal to improve quality of tap water and reduce plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The drinking water directive approved by Parliament will give better access to high quality tap water, including for vulnerable groups. On Tuesday, Parliament approved the agreement with member states on the new drinking water directive. The new rules are designed to offer high quality […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on EU4Health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement on the new ambitious EU4Health programme reached by the European Parliament and Council. EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, strengthening the resilience of health systems, and promoting […]

The silent epidemic that is three times as deadly as COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Diabetes is rising across the globe, killing 4.2 million people last year. Middle- and low-income countries are seeing the biggest increases. Over 460 million people already live with diabetes. By 2045 over […]

Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan. Batteries that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle are key for the goals of the European Green […]

New volunteering programme for young people in Europe and beyond agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Friday, Parliament and Council reached a political agreement on the European Solidarity Corps for 2021-2027, worth more than one billion EUR. “Today’s agreement is excellent news for young people in the EU and beyond. The programme will start in January 2021 and Parliament […]

Should trade continue to be global after the pandemic?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Cooper, Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank The advantages China offers will not become available closer to home and the costs of reshoring are high and often prohibitive. Opportunities for global trade will […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on InvestEU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council on the InvestEU Regulation. The political agreement, pending the final approval of the legal texts by the European Parliament Plenary and the Council, lays the ground […]

Women in medicine: carrying on historic struggles and broadening horizons

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr João Pedro Cadore and Ms. Eduarda Pereira de Barros, two fourth year medical students at UniCesumar, 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 writers and […]

MEPs call for an EU-wide “right to disconnect”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Outside working hours, workers must be allowed to switch off digital devices without facing consequences, the Employment Committee agreed. In a resolution adopted on Tuesday with 31 votes in favour, 6 votes against and 18 abstentions, Employment Committee MEPs say that EU countries must […]

Commission disburses €8.5 billion under SURE to five Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has disbursed €8.5 billion in the third instalment of financial support to five Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Hungary €200 million, Portugal €3 billion, Romania €3 billion and Slovakia €300 […]

Lockdowns in Europe seem to be working, again. But then what?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum European countries enduring a second wave of COVID-19 have once again locked down. There are signs that these measures are curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But experts warn […]

How upskilling could help cities rebuild after Coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rory Heilakka, Principal, Oliver Wyman Cities, impacted by COVID-19, will need to retrain workers who have lost jobs in the pandemic or risk losing residents. Targeted programs and partnerships can steer workers toward fields where employers are hiring. […]

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across […]

REACT-EU: additional support of €47.5 billion agreed to address impact of COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on deploying additional EU resources and measures to mitigate the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis. On 18 November, European Parliament and Council concluded negotiations on providing assistance to foster crisis repair in response to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with CureVac to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to […]

Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has disbursed a total of €17 billion to Italy, Spain and Poland in the first instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Italy has received €10 billion, Spain €6 billion, and Poland […]

Auctions are changing, thanks to 2020’s Nobel economics prize winners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Johnson, Professor, MIT Sloan Improvements to auction theory and auction formats by economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, have secured the pair the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics. The new auction formats benefit sellers, buyers and taxpayers, […]

Telemental health care in times of psychological instability: call 188

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Victor Araújo Rabelo and Mr. João Pedro Cadore, two 22 years old fourth year medical students at UniCesumar, 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 […]

EU Solidarity Fund: Commission puts forward financial assistance worth €823 million for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland and the coronavirus crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing a package of €823 million in financial support under the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to help rebuilding efforts after the earthquake in Croatia and the floods in Poland. The package will also foresee advance payments to Germany, Ireland, […]

A Glimpse into the Future of the Health with Mobile Technology

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Raunaq Al-Mughairi, a 3rd year medical student at the national university of science and technology-college of medicine positioned in Sultanate of Oman and Ms. Al-Zahra Al-Hashmi, a 3 rd year medical student at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical […]

Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. Today’s report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law […]

Mobile Technology saving lives, the way forward

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Nweke Ozioma Ruth, a young Nigerian medical student, who is passionate about writing and photography. 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 […]