Poland: Constitutional Tribunal is illegitimate, unfit to interpret constitution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Polish Constitutional Tribunal is “a tool for legalising the illegal activities of the authorities”  No EU money for governments who flagrantly, purposefully and systematically undermine EU values  EU must protect the people of Poland, who remain overwhelmingly pro-European  Parliament condemns an attempt to undermine […]

COVID-19: Parliament wants more transparent EU vaccine policies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vaccine development, purchasing and distribution in the EU needs to become more transparent, say MEPs. In a resolution adopted with 458 in favour, 149 against and 86 abstentions, Parliament calls for legislation to make the process of researching, purchasing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines more […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary to discuss citizens’ contributions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This weekend, the Conference Plenary will discuss reports from the European Citizens’ Panels, national panels and events, the EYE and the Platform. This Conference Plenary meeting represents two major milestones in the context of the Conference. On the one hand, the 80 representatives of […]

Why the call of Presidents Michel and Xi should help get EU-China relations back on track asap

Last Friday, a much anticipated high level call call took place between EU Council’s President Charles Michel and China’s President Xi Jinping. The call came exactly one month after the European Parliament’s issued “vision” of the China-EU relations and following a year of setbacks in the EU-China relations. Overall, the leaders’ call was positive allowing […]

The EU Digital COVID Certificate: a global standard with more than 591 million certificates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a report on the EU Digital COVID Certificate  and its implementation across the EU. The report shows that the EU certificate has been a crucial element in Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 591 million certificates generated. […]

Rule of law in Slovenia: MEPs conclude their first mission to the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A European Parliament delegation travelled to Slovenia, where they met with national authorities, journalists and NGOs, to assess respect of EU values and rule of law. From Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October, seven MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and one from […]

MEPs want protection for media, NGOs and civil society from abusive lawsuits

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs rules against vexatious legal actions intended to silence critical voices, according to the Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees. In a draft report endorsed on Thursday with 63 votes for, 9 against, and 10 abstentions, MEPs propose measures to counteract […]

Mobile phone roaming: MEPs back extension of free roaming in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Industry Committee voted in favour of extending the “Roam like at Home” scheme for another ten years. The updated legislation, a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming fees, also makes adjustments aiming for better roaming services for travellers. According to the text […]

European Innovation Council announces new wave of start-up champions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s European Innovation Council has selected 65 innovative start-ups and SMEs to receive €363 million of funding for breakthrough innovations. Each company will receive a combination of grant financing and equity investment of up to €17 million to develop and scale up […]

Risks to kids online are growing. Here’s what we can do 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Farah Lalani, Community Lead, Global Coalition for Digital Safety, World Economic Forum Apple delayed its rollout of child safety features, and Instagram delayed Instagram for Kids. Facing accusations that its platforms harm children, Facebook says it will introduce […]

5 insights to guide ASEAN’s digital generation in a post-pandemic world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head, Regional Agenda – Asia-Pacific; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Santitarn Sathirathai, Group Chief Economist, Sea We surveyed 86,000 people from six ASEAN countries about their views for a post-pandemic world. The […]

Essential infrastructure: new rules to boost co-operation and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs endorse new rules to better protect essential services like energy, transport and drinking water. With 57 votes in favour and 6 against (no abstentions), the Committee adopted its negotiation position on new rules on EU critical infrastructure entities. MEPs are […]

Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During the G20 meeting on Afghanistan, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will announce a support package worth around €1 billion for the Afghan people and neighbouring countries, addressing the urgent needs in the country and the region. The socio-economic situation […]

Commission to provide 60,000 rail passes to young Europeans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission will provide free travel rail passes to 60,000 Europeans aged from 18 to 20 years, thanks to DiscoverEU. Applications open tomorrow, 12 October, at noon and close on 26 October, at noon, for a travel period in 2022, which will be the […]

EU Code of Conduct against illegal hate speech online: results remain positive but progress slows down

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission has released the results of its sixth evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. The results show a mixed picture as IT companies reviewed 81% of the notifications within 24 hours and removed an average of 62.5% […]

WHO: This is how we can keep schools COVID-safe

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 With schools reopened around the world, the World Health Organization offers advice on how to do it safely. The key is to take prompt action if a child or teacher becomes infected. […]

Energy costs: MEPs debate measures to limit impact of price rises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. With gas prices surging, and concerns over the impact on consumers and businesses, MEPs, the Council and the Commission debated how to address the crisis. Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said the EU should react in a quick and coordinated manner, and highlighted the measures […]

European Parliament issues wake-up call on road safety

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Robust road safety measures, such as a 30 km per hour speed limit and zero-tolerance for drink-driving, are the way to reach zero deaths on EU roads by 2050, say MEPs. The resolution on EU road safety, adopted on Wednesday by 615 votes to […]

Changes in the mental health status of the younger population over the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aida Marie Taveras Del Rosario, in her pre-internship to become a medical doctor, born and raised 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 […]

Indonesia’s SMEs hold the key to growth. How can they scale up?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arip Tirta President, Evermos, Prasanti W. Sarli Head of Social Impact, Evermos Indonesia’s small businesses will be an essential driver of the country’s future development. Currently most are micro-enterprises – there is an urgent need to understand how […]

What companies can do to build more inclusive AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Brayan, Chief Executive Officer, Appen As the applications and influence of artificial intelligence (AI) grow, an ethical approach to AI development is a must-have; Companies may struggle with the specific actions required to build AI that’s inclusive, […]

What would it take to make AI ‘greener’?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Khatry, Managing Director, AI Ethics, DataRobot, Ted Kwartler, VP, Trusted AI, DataRobot, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Mark Caine Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and […]

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe’s future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s review also aims to make the insurance and reinsurance (i.e. […]

Yemen: EU allocates €119 additional million for humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission announced an additional €119 million in humanitarian and development aid to alleviate vulnerable Yemenis’ suffering from over 6 years of conflict. Yemen is the country with the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with close to 70% of the population in need of […]

The race to net zero is on: Here’s how partnerships can get us there faster

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Ingram, Chief Procurement Officer, Asia, Unilever Asia Private Limited The IPCC predicts the planet will warm by 1.5°C over the next 2 decades without drastic action to eliminate GHG emissions, putting a key goal of the Paris […]

Rule of law in Slovakia, Bulgaria: MEPs to meet with government, NGOs and media

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will travel to Slovakia and Bulgaria to assess respect for the rule of law there, as part of their ongoing monitoring of the situation across the EU The delegation will include the following MEPs: Sophie IN ‘T VELD (Renew, NL […]

Future healthcare professionals: a charge to keep we have

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Antwi Judith Adwoa Takyiaw, a Ghanaian medical student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. 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 […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €231 million in pre-financing to Slovenia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €231 million to Slovenia in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s grant allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined […]

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and the United States announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow. President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der […]

MEPs call for special visa programme for Afghan women seeking protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament deplores the violent takeover of Afghanistan, calls for more humanitarian aid and a coordinated response to protect those most vulnerable. MEPs are appalled by reports of violations, including executions, of child soldiers being recruited, peaceful protest and expressions of dissent being repressed, and […]

Just nine years to go in order to achieve the 2030 agenda, will we?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ekpe Onyinyechi Pecae Ibitoru, currently a 5th medical student of Sumy State Medical Institute, Ukraine. 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 […]

The final countdown towards achieving the 2030 agenda: the contributions of future health(care) professionals

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 […]

Investing in nature gives industry and business a competitive advantage. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: André Hoffmann, Vice-Chairman, Roche, Switzerland & Katell Le Goulven, Executive Director, Hoffmann Institute, INSEAD On the agenda at the IUCN Congress in Marseille is awareness that investment in a vibrant natural world opens the door to sustainable and […]