Commission proposes stable and predictable support package for Ukraine for 2023 of up to €18 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the European Council meeting of 20-21 October 2022, the Commission has today proposed an unprecedented support package for Ukraine of up to €18 billion for 2023. This will come in the form of highly concessional loans, disbursed in regular instalments as of 2023. […]

From droughts to loss of glaciers: Here’s the state of African climate ahead of COP27

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claire Ransom, Assistant Scientific Officer, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) We are once again approaching that time of the year. Next week, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will be swarming the conference centres of […]

World Food Day: What it is and why it’s more important than ever 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content World Food Day, held this year on 16 October, is an annual reminder that food insecurity and malnourishment remain widespread and are poised to worsen thanks to a range of ongoing threats, […]

New liability rules on products and AI to protect consumers and foster innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted two proposals to adapt liability rules to the digital age, circular economy and the impact of global value chains. Firstly, it proposes to modernise the existing rules on the strict liability of manufacturers for defective products (from smart technology to […]

New technologies in healthcare: how they can help us to fill the workforce gap?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rawshan Saiyara Nawal, a Bangladeshi undergraduate medical student, now in her 3rd year at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College under University of Dhaka. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Here is why the battle for gender equality is more urgent than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antra Bhatt, Statistics Specialist, UN Women “Building back better” seems to be the resident buzz phrase these days as countries scramble to recover from the adverse impacts of the pandemic. But have we succeeded? Do we find ourselves […]

Men make 48% more than women in the gig economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Read, Senior Writer, Formative Content The gender pay gap is far worse for women who freelance than for those in full-time employment, a US study shows. Men working in the gig economy charge an average of 48% […]

International Methane Emissions Observatory launched to boost action on powerful climate-warming gas  

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To support further progress on fulfilling the Paris Agreement, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the European Union launched today a new Observatory to drive global action on reducing methane emissions. The International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) was launched at the G20 […]

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 […]

Mental Health Implications of COVID-19 in Young Adults

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Claudia Manzano Herrera, a second-year medical student at UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana), located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 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 […]

3 tech design principles to help curb digital repression

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Evîn Cheikosman, Project Coordinator, Data Policy, World Economic Forum & Emily Ratté, Project Coordinator, World Economic Forum & Marcus Burke, Research Analyst, Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum Activists and journalists are increasingly suppressed and silenced on […]

Why novels deserve a spot on your post-pandemic bookshelf

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Project Fellow, Scale360° and Senior Consultant at Kearney, World Economic Forum While business and self-help books remain popular among executives, they have limitations. Novels can help busy professionals see the world through a new lens – […]

How trust and collaboration are key in India’s last mile response to the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Diana Wells, President Emerita, Ashoka, Jeroo Billimoria, Founder, One Family Foundation & Carolien de Bruin, Head, COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, World Economic Forum Stories on the ground in India demonstrate how social entrepreneurs are stepping up […]

Mergers: Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The effectiveness of our merger control […]

How the pandemic has affected mental health in America

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 Worries about infection, job security and childcare are impacting people’s mental health. 55% of women and 38% of men say the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health. 31% of black adults, […]

EU allocates €149 million in humanitarian aid to the Greater Horn of Africa region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As humanitarian needs increase in the Horn of Africa, the Commission has announced today new funding of €149 million in aid for the wider region in 2021. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “During the past year, the Greater Horn of Africa countries, […]

State aid: Commission approves French support measures for fisheries sector in the context of Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, three French schemes worth €100 million in total, to support the fisheries sector affected by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and the consequent quota share reductions foreseen in the provisions […]

Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is presenting today a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025), focusing on preventing the crime, bringing traffickers to justice and protecting and empowering victims. Between 2017 and 2018, there were more than 14,000 registered victims within the European Union. […]

MEPs clear another hurdle for the COVID-19 recovery plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approved three laws on implementing the EU’s Own Resources system, paving the way for its reform and the introduction of new sources of EU revenue. On Thursday, MEPs adopted one implementing and two operational regulations on which methods to use to collect or […]

Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct of Teva in relation to a blockbuster multiple sclerosis medicine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether the pharmaceutical company Teva has illegally delayed the market entry and uptake of medicines that compete with its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone. The Commission will investigate whether Teva has abused a […]

Why moral leadership matters now more than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dov Seidman, Founder and Chairman, LRN and The HOW Institute for Society The new State of Moral Leadership Report suggests moral leadership is in high demand but short supply; Moral authority as opposed to formal authority alone can […]

European Union to host Brussels V Conference on Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union will host the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29-30 March 2021. In view of Covid-19 restrictions, the Conference will take place in virtual format. 15 March will mark the 10th anniversary of the […]

Staying home? Here are 5 exercise tips from the World Health Organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content World Health Organization has some tips for exercising at home. Physical activity reduces risk of chronic disease and eases anxiety. Even a short break from sitting at your desk makes a difference. […]

Why business schools can’t “return to normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abdullahi Alim, lead for the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community in Africa Entire sectors need to reimagine a more equitable post-COVID world order. This includes business schools, which train the very talent required to steward a more […]

8 ways ASEAN consumer habits will change by 2030 – shaped by COVID-19, tech and more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Praneeth Yendamuri, Partner, Bain & Company & Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Over the next decade, ASEAN will become the world’s fourth-largest economy with a roughly […]

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has approved the disbursement of a €500 million loan to Ukraine as part of its fourth macro-financial assistance (MFA) programme. With this disbursement, the EU has now provided Ukraine with €3.8 billion in MFA loans since […]

An expert explains: the digital risks facing our children during COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content More than 1 billion children globally have been affected by school closures. Online learning has filled a lot of the gaps, meaning screen time has increased for many children. Around 60% of […]

Mental Health: Role of the individual for their well-being in the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beatriz Rodrigues Cândido, a 21 year old student studying medicine at UERN in Mossoró, 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 to the writer and do […]

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole […]

The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Harman, Cities Economist, International Growth Centre & Ondine Berland, Masters Student and Research Assistant, Paris School of Economics Buying carbon is too cheap and easy. ‘Gateway tax’, focussing on air pollution, could be initial step. Outdoor air […]

EU@UNGA 74: Working towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A high-level European Union delegation will be in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly next week. The EU representatives will host and participate in a large number of events and meetings with world leaders. The EU continues to be a leader […]