MEPs question whether the new Migration Pact will bring about real change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new Migration Pact is insufficient for the majority of EP groups. Some demand compulsory relocation of refugees; others want a firmer stance on irregular arrivals. The Civil Liberties Committee held a first debate about the Commission’s proposals with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner […]

From underestimation to valorization: how mobile technology is transforming global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado a 19 years old medical student from Brazil at the third year of medicine. 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 […]

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its updated risk assessment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside a set of guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and ventilation). The updated risk assessment shows that notification rates […]

World Maritime Day: Commissioner Vălean calls for support and safe return of seafarers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “On World Maritime Day, I want to raise attention to the role seafarers have been playing during the pandemic. They ensure that trade keeps flowing, our economy does not stop and that ships continue to carry food, medicines and other goods to ports throughout […]

A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content Today, the European Commission is proposing a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and […]

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the fire that devastated the Moria facility on the islands of Lesvos, the Commission announces today it will establish a dedicated taskforce to improve the situation on the island in a durable way. The taskforce will implement a joint pilot with the Greek […]

Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved the modification of nine more Cohesion policy operational programmes in Spain, worth a total of €1.2 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This comprehensive recovery approach will reallocate funds […]

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host states of the rescEU medical equipment reserve. With financial support from the European Commission now altogether 6 EU Member States are building up common European stocks of lifesaving protective and other […]

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers’ protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed today to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing […]

Social media and the lack of information for blood donation

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lorenna Nogueira Pacheco, a doctor who has just experienced of graduating during the coronavirus pandemic at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (PUC-Goiás), Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Commission launches initiative for more sustainable cocoa production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today kicks off an initiative to improve sustainability in the cocoa sector. A new multi-stakeholder dialogue brings together representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – the two main cocoa producing countries accounting for 70% of global cocoa production – as well […]

Mobile technology saving lives: Changing healthcare systems with simple technological solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lorena Batista Boeing and Natalie Sbalqueiro Fogaça, both second year medical students at Faculdade Evangélica Mackenzie do Paraná in Curitiba, Brasil. 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 […]

This disability activist says we must offer dignity and financial inclusion rather than just braille and ramps

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 It’s time to boost the economic resilience and participation of people across the developing world – particularly people living with disabilities. The benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution aren’t being experienced universally. […]

Why skills – not degrees – will shape the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content The nature of work and careers is changing fast – and in the future, the right skills will be prized over academic qualifications alone. The COVID-19 slowdown offers employers an opportunity to […]

EU long-term budget: EP still fighting for a good agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. During the fourth trilateral talks with Council and Commission, Parliament’s negotiators underline that a lot remains to be done before an acceptable agreement can be reached. “During this fourth meeting, on Friday, substantial progress has been achieved on the legally binding commitment to introduce […]

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe’s digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday. The Commission has proposed a new Regulation for the European High […]

Coronavirus Global Response: the Commission’s contribution to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million. In a joint effort between the European Commission and […]

How to describe chronic pain beyond numbers? A Brazilian measuring instrument

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Kamila Blaka, a fourth-year medical student from Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil and Ms. Nubia Gabrieli Kukla, a degree in Computer Information Systems at Iguaçu Valley University Center, in União da Vitória, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students […]

4 ways industry can make supply chains more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francisco Betti, Head of Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production, World Economic Forum & Hernan Saenz, Partner and Global Head, Performance Improvement Practice, Bain & Company & Juliane Stephan, Associate Partner, Performance Improvement & Digital Transformation, […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger […]

Click and Download: your app is ready to help you save lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. João Gilberto Wobeto and Ms. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti, two 4th year medical students at Federal University of Pelotas, in southern 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 […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s services have published the 2020 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review dedicated to the theme of social fairness and solidarity. The review provides evidence-based analysis on how to achieve greater fairness across the EU in the […]

President von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address: charting the course out of the coronavirus crisis and into the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today pledged that the European Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery that will give Europe a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. MAIN HIGHLIGHTS The response to coronavirus – and protecting Europe’s health […]

The importance and the need of mobile technology in the health care system and in saving lives.

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainal h shah, a fourth year medical student studying in Gujarat medical education research society (GMERS) medical college, Gandhinagar, India. He us affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

Key quotes from China’s Premier Li on COVID-19, the economy and US relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. China’s Premier Li Keqiang shared his thoughts with business leaders during a virtual World Economic Forum Special Dialogue, at a critical time for a world economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing China’s efforts to shore up its domestic […]

Mobile Technology in Nowadays Medical Practice: Is It a Safe Path?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Isabela Lucchesi Rangel and Ms. Ana Beatriz Venturini Santos, two fourth year medical students at UniCesumar in Maringá, 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 […]

This is how you should be social distancing – depending on where you are and what you’re doing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Current COVID-19 social distancing rules are too rigid and need to reflect real-life risks better, say Oxford and MIT researchers. They have broken-down situations into high- and low-risk categories – including speaking […]

New neighbours: Could Venus really be home to alien life?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Dunham Scientists have detected a possible sign of extraterrestrial life on Earth’s closest neighbour, Venus. The researchers did not detect actual life, but phosphine, a gas produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved environments, indicating that microbes could […]

EU and China sign landmark agreement protecting European Geographical Indications

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU and China signed a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GIs) in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation. This agreement, first concluded in November 2019, should bring reciprocal trade benefits as well […]

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU. Today, an important milestone has been […]

EU-China Leaders’ Meeting: Upholding EU values and interests at the highest level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Joint press release by President Michel, President von der Leyen and Chancellor Merkel The European Union and China held a Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference on 14 September 2020. An EU-China Leaders’ meeting with the participation of leaders of all EU member states was initially […]

The technological revolution has changed the way of saving lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hyale Melo Lima, fourth period student of medicine at UNICEPLAC-Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos, 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 writer […]

3 trends that will transform the energy industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yasushi Fukuizumi, Vice President of Energy Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries As energy use falls, electrification and renewable energy will keep expanding. A distributed energy network will replace the traditional utility business model. Digital transformation is critical to the […]