How to grow Africa’s next natural wonder

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silja Baller, Insights Lead, Frontier Insights, World Economic Forum Africa’s Great Green Wall Initiative is a bold movement launched by the African Union to restore degraded lands in the Sahel by 2030. The aim is to re-green an […]

Contemplation: Lessons learnt from COVID-19 and their implementation by the EU

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nidhi P Pawar, a second year medical student at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in Karnataka, India. 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 […]

COVID-19 in the third wave scenario

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria L. C. Meurer, a 4th year medical student of UNINGÁ and a member of IFMSA Brazil. 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 […]

EU increases humanitarian assistance for Palestine to over €34 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has increased its humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in Palestine by €8 million, taking the total to €34.4 million this year. The additional funding will be dedicated to supporting victims of the recent violence. EU humanitarian funding for 2021 […]

This is what healthcare leaders see as the future for digital health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content To ensure social distancing and avoid infection, healthcare practices in many countries shifted from in-person consultations to telemedicine. Nearly two-thirds of healthcare providers across 14 global markets are now investing heavily in […]

How insect hotels and honey highways are helping bee populations in the Netherlands

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 Pollinators such as bees are vital to many of our food crops – but across the globe they’re declining. In the Netherlands, more than half of bee species have come under threat as […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Hungary submits official recovery and resilience plan

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

State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved an approximately € 1.9 billion (CZK 50 billion) Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Many […]

Equitable vaccine delivery will fuel better global health processes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dimagi & Vikram Kumar Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dimagi With origins in Brazil, South Africa and Europe, the SARS-CoV-2 variants evade border control, immunity, monoclonal antibodies and some vaccines. Until […]

Cybersecurity has much to learn from industrial safety planning

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert M Lee, CEO, Dragos • Safety engineering practices can be readily applied to cybersecurity. • Developing safety ‘scenarios’ helps build a more comprehensive response to cyberthreats. • Scenarios are also useful for communicating cybersecurity best practice to […]

Four things workers want implemented by their bosses post-pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Post-pandemic, most employees want to work from home three days a week, a new McKinsey & Company report shows. More than 25% said that they would consider switching employers if their organization […]

COVID-19 3rd wave: were the lessons learned from last year implemented?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gautam Araya, a medical student from Philippines. 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 view on the topic, nor […]

COVID-19 Wave III: were the lessons learned from last year implemented?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Wireko Andrew Awuah, a Ghanaian medical student of Sumy State University, Ukraine. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission updates the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy. The updated Strategy […]

Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission proposes today a new instrument to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market. Today’s legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the […]

Palliative care: an indispensable component for a better quality of life

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Vinícius Almeida da Nóbrega, a first-year medical student at Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil. 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 writer and do not […]

State aid: Commission approves €400 million Danish aid scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources. The measure will help Denmark reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective of achieving […]

11 ways to align global economic governance with green new deal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford The clock is ticking to achieve global climate targets amid a devastating pandemic and financial crisis. To aid recovery and the transition to a […]

How to build public trust in a sustainable energy future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer, Accenture & Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Total Delivering the transition rests on inspiring public trust – and this will be good for the bottom line, too. To […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission takes issue with the mandatory use […]

The importance of including palliative care in the Universal Health Coverage and how to achieve it

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Strahil Vasilev, a 22 years old, fifth year Medical student in Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. 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 […]

Statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on the review by the European Medicines Agency of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a  formal request by the European Commission, the European Medicines Agency has reviewed additional vaccination and epidemiological data submitted by Member States in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccine to give a more precise scientific opinion on the safety profile of the vaccine in […]

Why we can’t afford to dismiss carbon offsetting in a climate crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bronson Griscom, Senior Director, Natural Climate Solutions at Conservation International We have 10 years to prevent irreversible damage to the planet due to climate change. Despite this urgency, critical tools such as carbon offsetting, have been tarnished by […]

New Commission Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation to further strengthen evidence-based policymaking

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation, to maximise the use of knowledge generated from Earth Observation, in particular from the European Copernicus Programme, in EU policymaking. The ultimate goal of the Centre is to support the efficient implementation of the […]

The hidden downside to ocean data and how to make it more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linwood Pendleton, Senior Vice-President; Head, Science, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Ocean & Asgeir J. Sørensen, Director, Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, NTNU (NTNU AMOS) Data technology can help us monitor and preserve the ocean. […]

The crucial need to prioritise palliative care in Universal Health Care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Irshad, a nineteen year old, first year medical student currently enrolled in Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Pakistan. 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 […]

Empowering Africa: Parliament defines strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Europe and Africa must move away from a donor-recipient relationship, Parliament says, as MEPs vision for a deeper relationship between the two continents. On Thursday, MEPs adopted a wide-ranging strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership by 460 votes in favour, with 64 votes against […]

Commission Statement on BioNTech-Pfizer top-up for Quarter 2 deliveries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission and BioNTech-Pfizer have come to an agreement on the accelerated delivery of 10 million doses for Quarter 2. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “I know how critical Quarter 2 is for the roll-out of our vaccination strategies in the Member […]

Early detection of chronic kidney disease can save lives and cut costs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruud Dobber, Executive Vice President and President, BioPharmaceuticals Business Unit, AstraZeneca Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 700 million people around the world. Without investment in early detection, the cost of kidney failure will continue to spiral. Here are […]

Climate change: What is COP26 and why does it matter?

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 A UN report says 2021 is a “make or break year” in the fight against climate change. The next UN climate summit, COP26, is due to take place in the UK city […]

Here’s why China’s trade deal with Mauritius matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lauren Johnston, Research Associate, SOAS China Institute & Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø Beijing approaches regional trade policies via small states first, such as New Zealand. Given the complexity […]

Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In an effort to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission has today put in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to […]

Learning lessons from across Europe – the hidden costs of COVID-19 on lung cancer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elissa Prichep, Project Lead Precision Medicine, World Economic Forum & Giorgio Scagliotti, Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Torino & Françoise Bartoli, Vice President, Head of Europe and Canada Region, Oncology Business, AstraZeneca Lung cancer is the largest […]