Parliament approves plans to restock gas reserves before winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. n response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, this law aims to refill Europe’s strategic gas reserves more quickly before winter to ensure energy supplies are secure. The new regulation, already agreed upon with EU ministers, sets a mandatory minimum level of gas in storage […]

Building trust in the COVID-19 vaccine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aashka Shah is a final year Medical Student at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad and Ms. Vidhi Parikh, an intern doctor at Parul Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and Parul Sevashram Hospital, India. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial […]

Communication Strategy: The Pathway to overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by two aspiring health advocates, Uma Gupta and Salman Khan from India. 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 reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

State aid: Commission approves 500 million Finnish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved an €500 million scheme to support companies active in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) […]

EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission welcomes political agreement on one year extension

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on the extension of the EU Digital COVID Certificate by one year, following the Commission’s proposal. The extension will allow persons to continue using their certificate to […]

International public procurement instrument: securing fairness for EU firms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its final greenlight on Thursday to the new international procurement instrument intended to encourage the opening up of global procurement markets. The International Procurement Instrument (IPI) introduces measures limiting non-EU companies’ access to the open EU public procurement market if their governments […]

Junior Enterprises Europe Winter Conference 2023: how can students make a difference in Europe? 

This article was published in cooperation with our partner Junior Enterprises Europe. This year’s edition of the Junior Enterprises Europe  Winter Conference – the biggest  event of the European Network of Junior Enterprises – took place virtually due to the pandemic between the 2nd and the 5th of March and it gathered over 180 higher education […]

Third Schengen Forum: setting the way forward

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission convened today the third Schengen Forum, a key component of the yearly Schengen Governance cycle. The Forum allowed Members of the European Parliament and Home Affairs Ministers of the current and future Council presidencies, Member States Representatives, as well as other stakeholders […]

Earth Day: What is it, when is it and why is it important?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Earth Day is one of the biggest environmental protest movements on the planet. It began in 1970 and takes place every year on 22 April. Around 1 billion people from more than 190 […]

Ukraine: EU humanitarian operation in the Republic of Moldova enhances assistance for refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Since the start of Russia’s invasion on 24 February, the refugee influx of civilians fleeing Ukraine to reach neighbouring countries has resulted in skyrocketing humanitarian needs. The Commission is working on all fronts to provide emergency assistance to people in need, including by supporting […]

Companies to be more accountable for their social and environmental impact

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Large companies will soon need to publicly disclose detailed information on the way they operate and manage social and environmental risks. On Tuesday, the Legal Affairs Committee adopted its position on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) with 22 votes in favour and one […]

3 innovators in Africa growing food as a force for good

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Climate change is worsening food security and stability in Africa’s Sahel region and forcing populations to migrate. Countries in the Sahel include Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Mauritania. The UN’s Great […]

EU must prepare better to fight off foreign interference and disinformation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s lack of awareness and counter-measures makes interference an attractive tactic for malicious foreign actors and endangers democracy, say MEPs. Parliament’s inquiry into mapping how malicious foreign powers manipulate information and interfere in the EU to undermine democratic processes concluded that malicious actors […]

Oksana Zabuzhko: ‘Ukrainians are fighting to free Europe from the spectre of totalitarianism’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On International Women’s Day, Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko addressed the European Parliament on the plight of her fellow citizens under attack by Russia. Before Oksana Zabuzhko’s formal address in the Strasbourg hemicycle today at noon, EP President Metsola declared: ‘‘On this day, the word […]

Ukraine: EU agrees to exclude key Russian banks from SWIFT

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has today agreed to exclude key Russian banks from the SWIFT system, the world’s dominant financial messaging system. This measure will stop these banks from conducting their financial transactions worldwide in a fast and efficient manner. Today’s decision has been closely […]

Future of Europe: final set of European Citizens’ Panel recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The final meeting of the Panel on ‘A stronger economy, social justice and jobs / Education, culture, youth and sport / Digital transformation’ took place in Dublin over the weekend. The last remaining set of recommendations from the four European Citizens’ Panels of the […]

What the US soccer equal pay case means for sports

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Igual Paija, Community Specialist: Media, Entertainment and Sport Industries, World Economic Forum and Hesham Zafar, Community Curator, Media, Entertainment, and Information Industries, World Economic Forum In a case that has implications for the sports world, the US […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on further measures to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the war in Ukraine rages on, and Ukrainians fight bravely for their country, the European Union steps up once more its support for Ukraine and the sanctions against the aggressor – Putin’s Russia. For the first time ever, the European Union will finance […]

State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Cyprus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Cyprus’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised RAG, adopted by the Commission on 19 April […]

This is what the 4-day workweek means for equal rights, productivity and climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bincheng Mao, Global Shaper, Shanghai I Hub, Flexible and hybrid working styles are the new normal following the COVID-19 pandemic. Working four days a week boosts productivity and is beneficial to individuals, the environment, and the economy. A […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into licensing and distribution practices of fashion house Pierre Cardin and its licensee Ahlers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Pierre Cardin and its licensee the Ahlers Group may have breached EU competition rules by restricting cross-border and online sales of Pierre Cardin-licensed products, as well as sales of such products to […]

European Health Union: new rules to improve clinical trials in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of Monday 31 January,  the assessment and supervision of clinical trials throughout the EU will be harmonised, notably via a Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS) run by the European Medicines Agency. On this date the Regulation on Clinical Trials will enter into application. This Regulation will improve conducting […]

EU announces €175 million in EU humanitarian aid for West and Central Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in West and Central Africa through a humanitarian budget of €175 million in 2022. The funding will be allocated to humanitarian projects in the following eight countries: Burkina Faso (€23.5 million),Cameroon (€16 million),the […]

Will COVID-19 stick with us forever?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tayba Abdulrahman Mugibel from Yemen, a 4th-year medical student at Hadramout University College of Medicine. 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 do not […]

‘State of the World’ Special Address by President von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum, via videoconference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” Danke Klaus, Ladies and Gentlemen, There is a question lingering out there since the start of the pandemic: Are our democracies strong and fast enough to face the incredible challenge of COVID-19? Can democracies deliver? I have no doubt. The pandemic […]

E-Health and telemedicine: Opportunities and obstacles surrounding digital medical services

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Cyubahiro Karangwa Vérité, a 20-year-old second-year medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health sciences in Rwanda. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Building an inclusive metaverse starts now. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brenda K. Tsai, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, DXC Technology Continuous delaying of a worldwide post-pandemic reopening has meant some form of virtual working is likely long-term. The metaverse can provide benefits to companies and workers alike, enabling […]

Lessons Africa can teach us about building the digital future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Miebach CEO, Mastercard Africa has much to teach us about how to ensure everyone shares in a bright digital future. Existing business models and research often won’t translate, while services need to be curated from the ground […]

Higher education: making EU’s universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. Europe is facing major challenges such as climate change, the digital transformation and aging population, at a time when it is hit by the biggest global health crisis […]

South-East Asian SMEs are missing out on the digital revolution. Here’s how to get them on board

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Benedict Carandang, Vice-President, First Circle Growth Finance & Tricia Canaveral, Former Head of Marketing, First Circle Growth Finance The digitization of South-East Asia’s economy during the pandemic is being experienced unevenly. The growth in digital services has favoured […]

REACT-EU: €382.7 million to help Spain’s regions fighting the coronavirus pandemic and supporting a digital and green transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has granted €382.7million under the 2022 tranche of REACT-EU to support the recovery and the digital and green transition of Spain. This additional funding under the European Regional Development Fund is added to twelve 2014-2020 operational programmes to help the health system […]

The solution to climate change will be people-powered. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Signify To convince people to act, we need to show – not tell – them that there is a better way to do things. Companies can lead the way and start to restore […]

Will it ever be the same after COVID-19?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ilayda Ceren SURUR and Ms. Begum COKMEZ, second-year medical students at Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey. 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 writer and do […]