Cross-border travel is confusing after COVID – this framework can help borders reopen safely

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Meyer, Co-founder and CEO, The Commons Project & James Kondo, Chairman and CEO, International House, Japan & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum Cross-border travel after COVID must be safe and […]

MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis. The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday […]

Venezuela: MEPs call for free and fair elections in the crisis-torn country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament reiterates its deep concern at the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. In the text, adopted by 487 votes in favour, 119 against with 79 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent action to prevent the […]

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for […]

Mental health: simple ideas that can make a difference

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Bezerra Teles, a third year medial student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, 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 […]

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020. The political agreement with the Council was reached in December […]

EU Citizenship: New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new Eurobarometer survey on EU Citizenship and Democracy released today by the European Commission shows that a vast majority of Europeans (91%) are familiar with the term “citizen of the European Union”. This is the highest level of awareness yet since 2007 and […]

Time to act together: Von der Leyen at the European Parliament July plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “If we do it right, we can also emerge stronger from this crisis thanks to a common European purpose based on NextGenerationEU,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on 8 July. She spoke at the European Parliament plenary on the […]

24 new European Universities reinforce the European Education Area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that come together for the benefit of students, teachers and society. Today, the European Commission has unveiled the additional 24 European Universities that will join the first 17 alliances of higher […]

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s vote on a resolution […]

Workers want flexibility. After COVID, they just might get it: Poll

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 Most people now want a mix of remote and office-based working, a new report says. 75% of workers polled want to retain flexibility over their schedule. The majority of bosses agree. The […]

EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The four presidents of the main EU institutions met today to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead. A read-out of the meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

European Commission and World Bank Group renew agreement to strengthen development cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the World Bank Group have today signed a Financial Framework Partnership Agreement, which guides the terms under which the Bank Group will use funding from the European Union to implement development projects across the world. Building on the partners’ longstanding […]

The Mental Health Hero in You

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Viegas, a medical student who is the NPO of ANEM-Portugal. 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

It’s time to get serious about the causes of pandemics: UN report

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 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. 60% of known infectious diseases are, too. $100 billion has been lost to zoonotic diseases over the past two decades – not accounting for COVID-19. […]

To what extent can renewable energy empower women in rural communities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tharanga Gunawardena, Communications Manager, Room to Read The global energy sector is rapidly transforming and moving more towards renewable energy, a shift that is a huge opportunity to achieve greater gender equality and inclusion. Yet the energy sector […]

What are Asia Pacific countries getting right in the fight against cancer?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rachel Frizberg, Area Head Asia Pacific, Roche Pharma As healthcare systems focus on COVID-19, other areas – such as cancer care – are being disrupted. A new report examines the readiness of countries in the APAC region to […]

This 3D-printed steak could help us reduce meat consumption

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 Every year, billions of animals are raised and slaughtered for food. This uses huge amounts of water and energy. Some experts believe alternatives could be better for people and the environment. Billions […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

EU allocates over €22 million to help Palestinians in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has announced €22.7 million in humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people in Palestine[1], who are increasingly threatened by violence, hardship and a lack of essential services. Already affected by movement restrictions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus has exacerbated […]

German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Germany holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2020. The first series of hearings is taking place from […]

EU, Canada and China co-host international meeting on climate cooperation and a sustainable economic recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the Canadian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson and China’s Minister for Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu co-chaired the 4th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA). This year’s meeting took place in […]

Mental health in the context of a pandemic: social distance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Karoline Silveira Cavalcante, a third year medicine student from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte and member of IFMSA Brazil – UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

This Chinese megacity is building a massive car-free district

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 132 hectare slice of this Chinese megacity is to be car-free. It will be home to Tencent but open to the public. Reducing global reliance on cars can save lives and […]

Shipping industry must contribute to climate neutrality, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To decarbonise maritime transport, the Environment Committee voted on Tuesday to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Commission has put forward a proposal to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions […]

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, following the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on the sector. The wine sector is among the hardest hit agri-food sectors, due to rapid changes in demand and the closure […]

Here’s how to achieve an optimal student/tutor ratio

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Trésor Salix NGABIRANO, a Burundian and a 4th year medical student at the University of Burundi. 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 […]

These are the best ways to tackle air pollution and climate change together

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth Prevailing wisdom holds that measures to tackle air pollution will also tackle climate change, and vice versa – but this is not always the case. A new report has identified the most effective […]

A new report outlines the shipping industry’s plans for decarbonization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director, Shell The shipping sector must cut its carbon emissions if we are to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate change targets. A new report, based on interviews with leading figures from the sector, outlines 12 […]

Companies need help to overcome rising

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ling Hai, Co-President, Asia-Pacific, Mastercard Data inequality encompasses the ability to perform analytics and pull insights from that information. In the pandemic, less digitally-resourced players are struggling to adapt and risk falling out of touch with their markets. […]

Just transition in EU regions: support to people, economy and environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must transition towards a climate-neutral economy without letting disparities between regions grow any further, say regional development MEPs. On Monday 6 July, the Regional Development Committee approved the establishment of the Just Transition Fund (JTF) with 27 votes in favour, 7 against […]

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their […]

State aid: Commission approves €150 million Austrian subordinated loan to compensate Austrian Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found an Austrian €150 million subordinated loan (convertible into a grant) in favour of Austrian Airlines AG to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at partly compensating the airline for the damages suffered due to […]