Poland: Constitutional Tribunal is illegitimate, unfit to interpret constitution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Polish Constitutional Tribunal is “a tool for legalising the illegal activities of the authorities”  No EU money for governments who flagrantly, purposefully and systematically undermine EU values  EU must protect the people of Poland, who remain overwhelmingly pro-European  Parliament condemns an attempt to undermine […]

EP asks for part of Frontex budget to be frozen until key improvements are made

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs agreed to close the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency’s accounts for 2019, but asked for part of next year’s budget to be frozen. The recommendation to grant the so-called discharge to Frontex for management of its 2019 budget received 558 votes in […]

A wide look on the mental health status of the cream of the community, the youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jibin Chacko, an incoming senior clerk & a bonafide medical student of Gullas College of Medicine , University of the Visayas, Philippines. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

COVID-19: Parliament wants more transparent EU vaccine policies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vaccine development, purchasing and distribution in the EU needs to become more transparent, say MEPs. In a resolution adopted with 458 in favour, 149 against and 86 abstentions, Parliament calls for legislation to make the process of researching, purchasing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines more […]

Protecting critical infrastructure from a cyber pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Kaye, Head, Executive Briefing Center, Check Point Software Technologies, Mitch Muro, IoT Security Product Marketing Manager, Check Point Software Technologies & Katerina Megas, Program Manager for Cyber Security for IoT, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) […]

MEPs call for minimum social standards for artists and cultural workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the Commission to propose a “European Status of the Artist”, setting out a common framework for working conditions and minimum standards for all EU countries. Member states should also ensure that freelancers and the self-employed, including artists and cultural workers, have […]

European media needs support to recover from pandemic and face future challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament voices concerns about attacks on EU media in some member states and calls for urgent action to help news media be fit for the “Digital Decade”. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday by 577 votes to 47 and 76 abstentions, MEPs push for […]

Main messages from the Tripartite Social Summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU leaders and social partners met, via video conference, at the Tripartite Social Summit to discuss “transforming Europe’s recovery into long-term sustainable growth supporting more and better jobs”. The summit participants intervened on the following questions: how to achieve a successful, lasting and socially […]

MEPs debate high energy prices, rule of law, migration ahead of EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on European Council to tackle the energy price crisis and deal with rule-of-law offenders at its 21-22 October summit meeting. In a debate on Wednesday with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, representing the Slovenian […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary to discuss citizens’ contributions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This weekend, the Conference Plenary will discuss reports from the European Citizens’ Panels, national panels and events, the EYE and the Platform. This Conference Plenary meeting represents two major milestones in the context of the Conference. On the one hand, the 80 representatives of […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

Moldova: EU highlights the need for continued implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union has published a report on the Association Implementation of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement. The report is published ahead of the 6th EU-Moldova Association Council on 28 October. It concludes that, while the second half of 2020 saw Moldova […]

The effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hijab Mustunsar, a Final Year student of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakitsan. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

How steel is proving a critical component in transport’s journey to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, AB Volvo Radical decarbonization is possible if the steel, transport and infrastructure industries work together. Hydrogen has the potential to deliver far-reaching change, replacing fossil fuels in everything from steel production to transportation. […]

These bike shelters are made from wind turbines

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 Wind turbines have a service life of around 20 years. 85% of them can be recycled. But the plastic polymer blades pose a special challenge. 100% recyclable blades are just around the […]

Top-down or bottom-up? How to cultivate a digital culture in your organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Global Benefits, Culture & Engagement, HR Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & Brian Tippens, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to a digital-first world which […]

COP26, getting to net-zero: How clean electrification can be crowdsourced by digitalizing the grid

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amina Hamidi, Chief Technology Officer, Electrification, ABB & Philip New, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult As we head towards COP26, clean electrification would get us three-fourths of the way to net zero. Digitalization offers the chance to […]

Why empathy is a must-have business strategy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belinda Parmar, Chief Executive Officer, The Empathy Business The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated issues of work-life balance, financial pressures and fears about job security. Greater empathy within organizations as part of everyday culture can help address these problems. […]

3 ways social innovators are driving systemic change, from creating sustainable fashion to supporting refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Programme and Engagement Lead, Europe and Americas – Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum Social innovators are helping address some of the most pressing issues of today. For example, they are providing solutions to fight climate change, […]

Inside my COVID-19 Diary: is the youth mental health still intact or fractured?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Goodluck Issa Nchasi, a 3rd-year medical student at Catholic University Of Health And Allied Sciences, faculty of Medicine, located in Mwanza, Tanzania. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Why the call of Presidents Michel and Xi should help get EU-China relations back on track asap

Last Friday, a much anticipated high level call call took place between EU Council’s President Charles Michel and China’s President Xi Jinping. The call came exactly one month after the European Parliament’s issued “vision” of the China-EU relations and following a year of setbacks in the EU-China relations. Overall, the leaders’ call was positive allowing […]

Renewable energy is cheaper than previously thought, says a new report – and could be a gamechanger in the climate change battle

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 Renewable energy prices have fallen far more quickl than the industry anticipated, says a new report. And they are fast becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. A rapid transition to emissions-free ‘green’ energy could […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: Commission launches consultation platform for stakeholder’s involvement to shape transatlantic cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched an online consultation platform on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC), allowing stakeholders to share their views and provide common proposals on the work ahead. Following their first meeting in Pittsburgh last month, representatives of the European Union and […]

Aviation: EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Union and the State of Qatar today signed a comprehensive air transport agreement, upgrading rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU. The agreement sets a new global benchmark by committing both sides to fair competition, and by including social […]

Could blockchain be the key that unlocks the SDGs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rodney Prescott, Strategy Consultant, IO Global & Leon Molchanovsky, Managing Director, IO Global & Kaj Burchardi, Managing Director and Head of Platinion Netherlands, BCG Platinion Although much effort has gone into meeting the SDGs, significant barriers remain – […]

Why eye care is key to an active, healthy life

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristina Dziekan, Head, Market Access, Government Affairs and Tendering, Surgical Europe, Alcon Good eye health is a pillar of healthy ageing. Eye conditions are remarkably common. Those who live long enough will experience at least one eye condition […]

The invisible pandemic: Mental health of youth in Bangladesh during Covid-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fariha Hoque Rimu, a meticulous and analytical Researcher who is a research associate. 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 necessarily reflect […]

Investment, bans and goals: Everything to know about the environment this week

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 weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Call for urgent action on biodiversity; IEA calls […]

NextGenerationEU: Bulgaria submits official recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today received an official recovery and resilience plan from Bulgaria. This plan sets out the reforms and public investment projects that Bulgaria plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is at the heart […]

The Pegasus Project awarded the 2021 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This Thursday 14 October 2021, the Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism was awarded to the journalists from the Pegasus Project coordinated by the Forbidden Stories Consortium. The award ceremony held in the Press Centre of the European Parliament was opened by the President of […]

MEPs want protection for media, NGOs and civil society from abusive lawsuits

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs rules against vexatious legal actions intended to silence critical voices, according to the Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees. In a draft report endorsed on Thursday with 63 votes for, 9 against, and 10 abstentions, MEPs propose measures to counteract […]

Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, the Commission has adopted today its formal proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people […]

Public health: Commission proposes a progressive roll-out of the new In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed a progressive roll-out of the new In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation to prevent disruption in the supply of these essential healthcare products. The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have diverted resources from Member States, health institutions […]