Commission proposes to further reinforce key rules for EU budget management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed targeted adjustments to the European Union’s financial rules, known as the Financial Regulation. The main objective of the proposal is to align existing rules with the current long-term budget 2021-2027, and make further improvements to the already existing very […]

Why we need global cooperation on decarbonizing cities and real estate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Ulbrich, Global Chief Executive Officer; President, JLL Given more than 60% of carbon emissions within cities typically come from buildings, a concerted effort to decarbonize real estate is needed sooner rather than later. With little harmonization or […]

3 urban energy innovations with global implications

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miguel Eiras Antunes, Global Smart Cities Leader, Deloitte & Lisa Chamberlain, Communication Lead, Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum Climate change warnings and the current energy crisis have highlighted the urgent need for clean energy solutions. From buildings to […]

How startups drive economic recovery while growing responsibly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Startups are crucial in bringing about societal change as well as driving economic recovery and responsible growth. Ahead of Davos 2022, we asked the CEOs of Global Innovators and Technology Pioneers […]

Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs are in favour of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Wednesday, with 46 votes in favour, 40 against […]

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. In the past ten years, digital technologies and the way children […]

How to increase COVID-19 vaccination through effective communication

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bisma Naveed, a 4th year medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan. 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 reflect […]

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. With 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported worldwide in 2021 alone, and many more going unreported, child sexual abuse is pervasive. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Cybersecurity of 5G networks: EU publishes report on the security of Open RAN

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, published a report on the cybersecurity of Open RAN. This new type of 5G network architecture will in the coming years provide an alternative way of […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises a further €9 billion in support of Europe’s recovery and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today issued a further €9 billion in a dual tranche transaction under the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument. The deal is the 9th syndicated transaction under NextGenerationEU, and the 4th of 2022. It consisted of a new 3-year bond of €6 billion […]

Hesitance of COVID-19 vaccination: how to tackle with effective communications strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Anthony Collins, a third year Medical Student from UWI Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. 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 to the writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

How data, digital platforms and collaboration can create systemic resilience

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 Climate change, the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 show us how systemic risks need a coordinated global response. Data richness and digital platforms are vital tools in building […]

Coronavirus: €17.7 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support dismissed Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,580 former workers of Air France, who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with €17.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). The funding will help these people find new […]

The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Europe Day, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received the final report with proposals to reform the EU. In a closing ceremony today in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel […]

Ukrainians with disabilities are being left behind. It’s time for concerted humanitarian action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bincheng Mao, Global Shaper, New York Hub People with disabilities in Ukraine are not being fully served by current humanitarian structures. Inclusion and accessibility must be more thoroughly integrated into crisis response plans. The international community should support […]

What are microgrids – and how can they help with power cuts?

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 Microgrids can power whole communities or single sites like hospitals, bus stations and military bases. Most generate their own power using renewable energy like wind and solar. In power outages when the […]

Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents

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 Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents, if the world reaches net-zero emissions by 2050, the IEA estimates. In advanced economies with bigger carbon footprints, people born in […]

Metsola: Europe is fit for the next generation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In her speech ‘Is Europe fit for the next generation?’, she encouraged European citizens and leaders to believe, to be confident and to use this difficult moment in time as an opportunity for change. The full speech can be found below. Dear Distinguished guests, […]

Eurobarometer on the European Year of Youth: Young Europeans are increasingly engaged

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Commission published its Flash Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, conducted between 22 February and 4 March 2022. With the European Year of Youth in full swing, and at the end of the Conference on the future of Europe – where youth played […]

Mergers: Commission seeks feedback on proposed simplification measures regarding merger procedures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on the draft revised Merger Implementing Regulation (‘Implementing Regulation’) and the Notice on Simplified Procedure. In August 2016, the Commission launched a thorough review process of the merger procedural […]

The power of data: how Helsinki is improving citizens’ lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. By securely taking advantage of the power of data, authorities are helping residents in Finland’s capital city access the services they need. This new approach separates the storage, anonymization and processing of data from all the tasks performed by […]

Standing with Ukraine: Commission announces new aid worth €200 million for displaced people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing a new aid package of €200 million to support displaced people in Ukraine, in the context of the International Donor’s Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Today we came together with a […]

This is why we’ll probably have to work longer than our parents did

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 China is moving ahead with a plan to raise its retirement age. Many countries face similar issues and are also raising retirement ages. The changes are in response to […]

Most of the world’s ocean is unprotected. This is why that needs to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, Government of Nigeria & Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Government of Belgium More than three billion people rely on the ocean […]

Discharge: MEPs delay signing off on

accounts of EU border control agency Frontex This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament signed off on the 2020 budgets of most EU bodies, except for Frontex, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Council. In a vote by show of hands, Parliament withheld their approval of the management […]

9 ways for Europeans to cut energy bills and help Ukraine

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 A new report outlines nine steps to reduce energy use in the EU. This would not only cut energy bills at a time of soaring prices, but help Ukraine by stemming the […]

How ports can be transformed into energy hubs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp To create fundamental societal change to mitigate the climate crisis, we need cross-sector collaboration and collective commitment. But lack of trust in modern society is increasingly hindering this type of approach. The […]

How investors are overcoming systemic risks and setting the pace for others to follow

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Cross, Project Fellow, Mercer In 2021, asset owners ranked climate change as the top systemic risk affecting their portfolios and organizations. A study conducted over three years by the World Economic Forum and Mercer shows that pace-setting […]

Why we need to globalize locally-led climate resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26 Climate Champions, Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, COP27 Climate Champions Communities across the world are coming up with locally-led solutions to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate […]

‘Open’ technology can tackle the world’s biggest problems – here’s what’s holding it back

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Varad Pande, Partner | Strategy, Impact & New Initiatives, Omidyar Network India & Keyzom Ngodup Massally, Head – Asia Pacific Region, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Open source approaches to technologies can help governments more efficiently develop […]

The Commission’s renewed Strategy for the EU’s outermost regions puts people first and unlocks their potential

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today a renewed Strategy for the most remote parts of the EU, the so-called outermost regions, aiming to unlock their potential through appropriate investment and reforms. The EU outermost regions – Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion and Saint-Martin (France), the […]

‘Agile governance’ could redesign policy on data protection. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Davis, Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Visiting Professor in Cybersecurity, UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, Mark Esposito, Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University & Landry Signé, […]

Why doesn’t the EU notice the new double digit growth of EU-China trade?

Recently the results of the EU-China trade for the first quarter of 2022 came out and scored an impressive 15.3% growth and yet the EU media and policy makers remained mute. Why is that so? Obviously, the world economy has been hit hard by an explosive mix of the war in Ukraine coupled with the […]