State aid: Commission adopts revised Regional Aid Guidelines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted revised EU guidelines on regional State aid (the “Regional Aid Guidelines”), setting out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies to support the economic development of disadvantaged areas in the EU, while ensuring a […]

Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments. Organised crime groups continue to develop and evolve, as shown by their rapid adaptation to the coronavirus pandemic, for example […]

The Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Explained

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms. Katarzyna Rybarczyk, a Political Correspondent. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Children should never take part in armed conflicts. In fact, as UNICEF says, the use of child soldiers by armed groups […]

Early healthcare investment is our best chance at healthy ageing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Ataguba, Associate Professor and Director, University of Cape Town & David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health & Andrew J Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School The […]

How technology helped Serbia save 180 million sheets of paper in less than 4 years

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Serbia’s government has made digitalization a focus. It began rolling out electronic e-government services in June 2017. Since then, it estimates it has saved around 180 million sheets of A4 paper. Digitalization and […]

COVID-19 has been a setback for women. Gender-responsive policies can stem the losses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruma Bhargava, Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India & Dr Megha Bhargava, Deputy Commissioner Income Tax, Ministry of Finance, Government of India COVID-19 pandemic has exposed socio-economic inequalities in health, income, […]

How neuroethics can advance innovations for positive social impact

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ankita Moss, Researcher, Neuroethics and Neurotech Innovation Collaboratory, Emory University & Karen Rommelfanger, Associate Professor and Director, Neuroethics and Neurotech Innovation Collaboratory, Emory University Neurotech innovators often conflate neuroethics with legal compliance and risk mitigation. But new research […]

Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, following the International Day of Forests, the Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate a better understanding of land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. They point towards prevention measures that can be taken through governance, planning and forest management, and outline how EU […]

Understanding the Challenges Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Vishwajit G.V, a first year medical student in Coimbatore Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India. 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 do not necessarily […]

How COVID-19 has affected our sleep

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content A new survey suggests the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our sleep. 70% of people have reported one or more new sleep challenges since the start of the pandemic. Sleep is vital for our […]

Hurdles of the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Urvashi Kumar, an undergraduate medical student in Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital, India who aspires to become a surgeon. 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 […]

Commission welcomes agreement on the Connecting Europe Facility to fund greener, more sustainable transport and energy networks, and digitalisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposal, worth €33.7 billion, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027. The Connecting Europe Facility programme supports investment in Europe’s transport, energy and digital infrastructure […]

Challenges facing the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shreya Datta, a first year medical student at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. 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 […]

The next decade is critical for the climate. Here’s how the circular economy can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Ishii, Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo Net zero cannot be achieved by decarbonizing the energy sector alone. Circularity is needed to tackle climate goals within the next decade. Many of our environmental calamities – […]

Stolen colonial-era objects will be ‘unconditionally’ returned, says the Netherlands

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 The Netherlands is to hand back stolen colonial-era cultural artefacts. Dutch state collections should have no place for items acquired by theft, says a government minister. New guidelines will help curators assess […]

COVID-19: from the chaos of the pandemic to the difficulties in vaccination

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amanda Thalita de Oliveira Azevedo, a third year medical student and joined IFMSA Brasil in 2021 as Local Director for Human Rights and Peace. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

How Japan can build a sustainable future post-COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Makiko Eda, Chief Representative Officer, World Economic Forum Japan, Member of the Executive Committee The business culture in Japan has been resistant to change. There is a traditional preference for seniority and lifelong employment and a lack of […]

Coronavirus: the Commission approves third contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a third contract with a pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Once the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19, the contract allows Member States to purchase […]