Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The announced measures will strengthen the Customs Union as a cornerstone […]

New committees begin their work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament’s new special committees, subcommittee and committee of inquiry held their constitutive meetings and elected their chairs and vice-chairs. Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the EU (INGE) Chair: Raphaël GLUCKSMANN (S&D, FR) 1st Vice-Chair: Javier ZARZALEJOS (EPP, […]

“911, What’s your emergency?”

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Model Diana-Maria, a 3rd year medical student at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, faculty of Medicine, located in Bucharest, Romania. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Geopolitics and investment in emerging markets after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC & Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Investors could address gaps in critical infrastructure and provide options for a green future in emerging markets. Governments and central banks within some […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the EP’s Committee on Culture and Education called for swift and concrete measures to close the digital education gap in Europe. The resolution was adopted by 26 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions. “The last six months have seen our […]

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. Today’s package will boost Europe’s competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission to boost Europe’s capital markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published a new, ambitious Action Plan to boost the European Union’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) over the coming years. The EU’s top priority today is to ensure that Europe recovers from the unprecedented economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Developing […]

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 and Mr. Vinícius Dino Pozzebon, a 19 years old medical student at the third year of medicine in UniCesumar – Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of […]

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 […]

To achieve the Great Reset, we will need more than just the actions of the powerful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janet Longmore, Founder and CEO, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) & Jonathan Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dimagi & Carolien de Bruin, Lead, COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, World Economic Forum & Amy Goldman, Chief Executive Officer […]

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 […]

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This […]

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 […]

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, […]

Here’s how sustainability can make you stand out from the crowd

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalini Unnikrishnan, Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group The COVID-19 crisis has heightened awareness of the importance of addressing environmental challenges. Companies are seeking to increase the environmental and social resilience of supply chains. To make the […]

COVID-19: Member states need to harmonise health assessments and measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Virus might stay active for several months, until an efficient and safe vaccine is supplied Common definition needed for a positive COVID-19 case, for a death by COVID-19 and for recovery from infection Influenza season likely to increase the number of people who should […]

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 […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

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 […]

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 […]