Montenegro: political tensions slow progress of EU-related reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament says Montenegro should advance its electoral and judicial reforms and its fight against organised crime and corruption. MEPs welcome Montenegro’s continued commitment to European integration, repeating their position that the country’s progress in the accession process continues to depend on meeting the conditions […]

Parliament approves plans to restock gas reserves before winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. n response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, this law aims to refill Europe’s strategic gas reserves more quickly before winter to ensure energy supplies are secure. The new regulation, already agreed upon with EU ministers, sets a mandatory minimum level of gas in storage […]

EU candidate status: lead MEP welcomes Council decision

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement of the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the European Council ‘s decision of 23 June 2022 on the EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia David McAllister (EPP, DE) made the following statement on Thursday, after the announcement of […]

European Health Union: Political agreement on the Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council today on the Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health Regulation. The new rules are providing the EU with a comprehensive legal framework to govern joint action on preparedness, surveillance, risk assessment, […]

Family Planning: How can the health workforce provide meaningful family planning support

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by IZERE Salomon and SIBOMANA Olivier, two 2nd year medical students at University of Rwanda, college of medicine and health sciences, department of general medicine and surgery. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Commission unveils new approach to trade agreements to promote green and just growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today taking a major step in making EU trade greener, fairer and more sustainable. It has unveiled a new plan to enhance the contribution of EU trade agreements in protecting the climate, environment and labour rights worldwide. In its Communication […]

Farm to Fork: New rules to reduce the risk and use of pesticides in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What has been proposed today and what are the next steps? The Commission has proposed new rules to reduce the use and risk of pesticides in the EU, delivering on the Farm to Fork Strategy objective of a fair, healthy and environmentally respectful food […]

Migration and Asylum: Commission welcomes today’s progress in the Council on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes that Member States have agreed today to start implementing a voluntary solidarity mechanism by offering relocations, financial contributions and other measures of support to Member States in need. This is a significant step forward for the European Commission’s New Pact on […]

Family Planning in the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Farooq, a 4th year medical student from Pakistan. 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 not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

Decarbonizing industry: if industrial clusters win, we all win

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO, Accenture in Europe & Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Industrial clusters, on their path to net zero, can leverage the proximity of industrial assets to share infrastructure, financial and operational risks, and natural […]

State aid: Commission approves €374 million Italian scheme to compensate rail freight transport companies for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €374 million Italian support to compensate rail freight transport companies for the damage suffered during the period between 12 March and 31 May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that Italy […]

Food security: EU to step up its support to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today a proposal to mobilise €600 million from the reserves of the European Development Fund to address the current food security crisis aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These funds will support African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to cope with the […]

Commission joins forces with Member States to launch a Collaborative Cloud for Europe’s cultural heritage

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has launched a dialogue with Member States on the joint creation of a Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage to help safeguard European cultural treasures through a digital infrastructure. The Cloud aims at fostering cooperation and co-creation among cultural, creative and technology […]

EU Consumer protection: TikTok commits to align with EU rules to better protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following dialogues with the Commission and the network of national consumer protection (CPC) authorities, TikTok has committed to align its practices with the EU rules on advertising and consumer protection, namely, the Unfair commercial practices Directive, the Consumer rights Directive and the Unfair contract […]

Family planning awareness by health workforce and medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bisma Naveed, a 4th year medical student from Pakistan. 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 not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

How local banking can help champion decarbonization in emerging markets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Milagros Rivas Saiz, Chief of Advisory Services, Interamerican Development Bank Group, Ayla Majid, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Planetive & Michael Hayes, Global Head, Renewables, KPMG Emerging markets need $1 trillion a year to transition to net-zero. Clean-energy […]

These 7 simple habits could halve your risk of dementia

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 More than 55 million people live with dementia, and it is one of the biggest causes of death and disability worldwide. Research shows a healthy lifestyle can cut the chances of getting […]

How to make data-enabled healthcare a reality in Asia-Pacific

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ahmed Elhusseiny, Area Head of Asia-Pacific, Roche Pharmaceuticals Asia-Pacific is the most densely populated region of the world and continues to grow – and age – at a rapid pace. COVID-19 brought us to an inflection point in […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive disparagement by Vifor Pharma of iron 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 Vifor Pharma has restricted competition by illegally disparaging its closest – and potentially only – competitor in Europe on the market for intravenous iron treatment, Pharmacosmos. Vifor Pharma’s conduct appears to be […]

WTO agreement shows multilateralism is still alive, says Trade Committee Chair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) made the following statement today after the announcement of a series of agreements at the 12th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. “Multilateralism is not dead; on the contrary – it is very much alive. I welcome this morning’s agreements […]

The European Commission recommends to Council confirming Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’s perspective to become members of the EU and provides its opinion on granting them candidate status

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today’s Opinions are based on the Commission’s assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to […]

Mergers: Commission approves Ali Group’s acquisition of Welbilt, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Welbilt by Ali Group. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Ali Group. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Ali Group and […]

Eliminating the Risks of Substance Use: Harm Reduction Approach  

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laveeza Fatima, a 19 years old medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan. 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 not necessarily […]

3 anti-corruption takeaways from the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair, Transparency International, Nicola Bonucci, Partner, Investigations & Compliance, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker Rachel Davidson Raycraft, Judicial Law Clerk, US District Courts The war in Ukraine has shown how financial markets and anti-corruption are […]

3 ways to build a sustainable and digital Asia-Pacific

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Baifeng Lin, President, Huawei Asia Pacific Region, Huawei Technologies Many countries in Asia-Pacific have released national digitalization strategies. Cloud and computing technologies are the cornerstone of the digital frontier. For digital economies to thrive they must adopt an […]

Internal Market Committee endorses agreement on Digital Services Act

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Digital Services Act is an historic bill aimed at fighting the spread of illegal content online and protecting fundamental rights of users. On Thursday, Parliament’s Internal Market Committee endorsed the provisionally reached agreement with EU governments on the Digital Services Act (DSA) with […]

Commission welcomes Member States’ targets for a more social Europe by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At their meeting today, EU employment and social affairs ministers presented their national targets to deliver on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan by 2030. The Commission welcomes the Member States’ strong commitment to making Europe fair, inclusive and full of opportunities. […]

The importance of family planning

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Abdourraouf Yougouda is a Level 4 medical student at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bamenda,Cameroon. 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 […]

Degrowth – what’s behind the economic theory and why does it matter right now?

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 Degrowth is a radical economic theory born in the 1970s. It broadly means shrinking rather than growing economies, to use less of the world’s dwindling resources. Detractors of degrowth say economic growth […]

Hyper-networked supply chains: how a collaborative way of working can benefit retailers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Niall Murphy, Co-founder and CEO, EVRYTHNG Retailers can often need to choose between the costly privilege of supply chain independence, or heavy dependence on retail giants. However, opening up supply chains for co-operative capacity and infrastructure sharing promises […]

MEPs to assess food corridors at the Polish-Ukrainian border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Chair Norbert Lins, will travel to the Polish-Ukrainian border on 20-21 June 2022. During the visit, MEPs will visit the Medyka (rail) and Korczowa (road) border crossings to assess the import of […]

EU and Egypt step up cooperation on climate, energy and the green transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today in Cairo, on the occasion of the visit of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her meeting with Egyptian President El Sisi, theEU and Egypt issued a joint statement on climate, energy and the green transition. President von der Leyen said: “We […]

Eurobarometer: Europeans set defence and energy autonomy as key priorities for 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission announces €50 million to support vulnerable refugees and their host communities in Turkey. This humanitarian aid will go to specialised healthcare services and help address protection issues including legal counselling, psychosocial support, as well as access to civil documentation. This […]