How COVID-19 is helping Oman develop a future-ready workforce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sami Al Asmi, Curator, Muscat Hub The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the digitalization of many Omani companies and made part-time and remote work a new reality; Oman’s workforce will need access to information on these emerging opportunities and […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive behaviour by the power exchange EPEX Spot

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether the power exchange EPEX Spot SE (‘EPEX Spot’) has been taking advantage of its dominant position to hinder the activities of competitors on the market for electricity intraday trading facilitation services in at […]

The world’s food waste problem is bigger than we thought – here’s what we can do about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Around 931 million tonnes of food goes to waste each year. 61% comes from households, 26% from food service and 13% from retail. Reducing waste could have social, economic and environmental benefits. The […]

MEPs ready to take Commission to court for failing to protect EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is prepared to take legal action should the Commission delay the application of the budget’s Rule of Law conditionality mechanism any further. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 529 votes in favour, 148 against and 10 abstentions, MEPs recall that the failure […]

It’s a good time for a day dedicated to fostering tolerance and equality

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 The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is on 21 March. It’s observed on the same day dozens of Black protesters were gunned down by police in […]

Border management: Commission welcomes political agreement towards making European Travel Information and Authorisation System operational

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on making the future European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) interoperable with other EU information systems. This is an important step towards the entry into operation of the […]

Competition: Commission invites stakeholders to provide comments on the application of EU competition law to collective bargaining agreements for self-employed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation to gather views and evidence from citizens, businesses, social partners, academia, government bodies and all interested parties as part of an initiative to ensure that EU competition rules do not stand in the way of […]

State aid: Commission approves over €1 billion support for high-efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat in Slovakia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Slovak plans to support the production of electricity from high-efficient cogeneration installations connected to district heating networks in Slovakia. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This over €1 billion Slovak […]

State aid: Commission approves Danish support for Thor offshore wind farm project

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Danish support for the Thor offshore wind farm project, which will be located in the Danish part of the North Sea. The measure will help Denmark increase its share of electricity produced from renewable […]

Nagorno-Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in humanitarian aid for conflict-affected civilians

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced today €3 million in humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the recent large scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, including a significant number of displaced people. Since the beginning of the hostilities in September 2020, the EU has mobilised a […]

COVID-19 and indigenous peoples in Brazil: a neglected population and the importance of the vaccine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fernanda Clara da Silva and Danielle Correia Furtado, both third year medical students at Rio Grande do Norte State University (UERN) in Mossoró, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

MEPs strongly condemn continuing violence in Yemen and military coup in Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Humanitarian aid for Yemen must be increased, MEPs say, and urge the military in Myanmar to immediately reinstate the civilian government. Parliament condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen that has, since 2015, “degenerated into the worst humanitarian crisis in the […]

Portuguese Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Portugal holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of June 2021. The hearings took place between 25 January and 4 […]

Electric fleets can fuel decarbonisation efforts. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maya Ben Dror, Project Lead, Future of Mobility, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum & Mary Loane, Project Lead, Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Saul Lopez, Manager. eMobility, Transport & Environment […]

Gender-Based Violence and HIV/SRHR – The commonly ignored linkages we need to open our eyes for

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Isabella Marques de Almeida Freitas, a 4rd-year medical student at Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros, UNIMONTES, at Montes Claros, 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 […]

Six months after the Beirut port explosion: reflections from a first responder

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georges Kettaneh, Secretary-General, Lebanese Red Cross • The Beirut port explosion overwhelmed the Lebanese Red Cross despite its crisis experience. • The LRC had to adjust its aid measures to meet local sensitivities. • The toll of successive […]

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, on the eve of the World Cancer Day, the European Commission is presenting Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan – a main priority in the area of health of the von der Leyen Commission and a key pillar of a strong European Health Union. With […]

Greta Thunberg at #DavosAgenda: Here’s how climate experts responded to her speech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content Greta Thunberg has urged world leaders to take immediate steps to address the environmental crisis. Activists from around the world share her concern that international and national climate commitments aren’t being translated quickly […]

The rise of Generation Restoration and youth ecopreneurship

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Florent Kaiser, Executive Director, Global Forest Generation Sparked by a formidable sense of purpose, urgency and need for action, a new generation of young people are putting the planet’s health at the heart of their businesses. These young […]

Ending HIV: The contribution of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. George Vaiopoulos, a 21 years old fourth-year medical student at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 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 […]

Digital learning can help us close the global education gap. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Some 825 million children around the world not learning the skills they need and gaps in access to education have been highlighted further by the COVID-19 pandemic; Governments […]

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 […]