Application of EU Law in 2020: Protecting our agreed rules and shared values during a pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law, which sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2020, and how the Member States performed in various policy areas. The report takes into account the […]

Forest fires in Sardinia: EU mobilises immediate assistance to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to Italy’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help in the fight against the ongoing wildfires in Sardinia, the EU is mobilising immediate support from France and Greece. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “I thank France […]

How to build long-term resilience in vulnerable communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Flora Rosenow, Communications Lead ad interim, COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, C-Change The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to recognise the plight of migrant workers in India. The Migrants Resilience Collaborative, the largest such initiative in […]

4 ways regulators must keep up with the global digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Quest, Partner; Head, Public Sector, United Kingdom & Ireland, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) & Jo Ann Barefoot, Founder, CEO, Alliance for Innovative Regulation & Owain Service, Founder, CEO, The Cognition Company Governments must learn how to regulate […]

Why sharks matter to ocean ecosystems: an expert explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Shark attacks on humans are rare, according to a shark expert. Overfishing is causing many shark populations to decline and driving some to the point of extinction. Improved marine management is a […]

Why the world needs to rethink primary healthcare after the pandemic

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 The COVID-19 pandemic pushed many primary healthcare systems to breaking point. The rise of noncommunicable diseases and increasing life expectancy is adding to the pressure. Encouraging more robust primary healthcare for all […]

Companies need innovation more than ever. Here’s how to measure it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Toma, Co-Founder, Outcome In the wake of the pandemic, companies will need to innovate more than ever. The difficulty of measuring innovation often means that it goes unrecognized and unsupported. There are some underlying universal principles that […]

We’re costing our energy system wrongly. Here’s how to get it right

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Sandys, Non Executive Director at SGN, and Energy Systems Catapult A decarbonized energy system works very differently to a fossil-fuel based one – which is why it demands a new approach to costs. A new model must […]

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come. This agenda is based on the five long-term objectives, […]

State aid: the Commission authorises the regulatory mechanism for the storage of natural gas in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has concluded that the regulatory mechanism for the storage of natural gas implemented by France since 2017 complies with EU rules on State aid. The measure will contribute to the security and diversification of the energy supply in France without unduly […]

Commission welcomes the adoption of €373 billion Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the political agreements on the Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027 of €373 billion and its signature by both co-legislators. This marks the final step of the legislative procedure and allows for an entry […]

This is how the US energy market is shifting

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer , Formative Content Use of coal in the US has dropped by half. Natural gas is now 38% of the US energy mix. Clean energy solutions are favoured by Biden. Global leaders hope to […]

Strong support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s integration into the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a report adopted on Thursday, Parliament welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s commitment to advancing on its EU path, but demands further substantial reforms. Reacting to the 2019-2020 Commission reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina, MEPs call on the European Council to continue backing Bosnia and […]

Customs: EU proposes World Customs Organization modernisation in support of a strengthened multilateral order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is presenting for the first time its initiative for broad reform of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the global forum that shapes international standards and common action in the field of customs. The modernisation initiative would help strengthen the WCO’s position as […]

Financial stability: Commission adopts final one-year extension of the transitional regime for capital requirements for non-EU central counterparties (CCPs)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today extended – by one additional year –the current transitional regime regarding the capital requirements that EU banks and investment firms must maintain when exposed to non-EU central counterparties (‘CCPs’). This transitional regime will therefore continue to apply until 28 […]

Motor Insurance: Commission welcomes European Parliament and Council agreement to update the Motor Insurance Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement between the European Parliament and Council to update the 2009 Motor Insurance Directive. This Directive ensures that vehicles can freely circulate in the European Union while using the same compulsory insurance. It means that when accidents occur, injured […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Google has violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services in the so called “ad tech” supply chain, to the detriment of competing providers of advertising technology […]

Becoming a father made me more motivated to end anti-Asian hate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ziyang Fan, Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum LLC There has been a surge of anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic – and children have not been spared. The harmful “perpetual foreigners” […]

European platform to combat homelessness is launched

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European institutions, EU governments and civil society have for the first time committed to working together towards combatting homelessness in the EU. At a high-level conference in Lisbon today, they launched the European Platform on Combatting Homelessness to trigger dialogue, facilitate mutual learning, improve […]

The female struggle in the face of medical devaluation

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ádrya Natálya Chaves Ribeiro da Silva and Isabella Batista Souza Lessa, two 2nd year medical students at the Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos (UNICEPLAC), in Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

Belgian Court orders AstraZeneca to deliver vaccine doses to the EU – Questions and Answers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why did the European Commission start this Court proceeding and what did it intend to obtain? The company announced in January that it would not be in a position to deliver the number of doses laid down in the contract. The Commission and the […]

What the pandemic has taught us about science communication

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Junaid Nabi, Senior Fellow, The Aspen Institute Too often during the COVID-19 pandemic, poor communication by scientists and experts has led to the low take-up of measures that could have saved lives. This is having a significant impact […]

Consumers are getting more complex. Brands need to keep up to survive

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alicia Friend, Senior Communications Analyst, dentsu The pandemic has shifted consumer habits and values in ways that present longer-term implications. A new report by dentsu highlights four consumer trends that brands need to heed for their survival. First: […]

Addressing climate change through carbon taxes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aimée Dushime, Outgoing Curator, Kigali Hub Research shows that putting a price on carbon-based fuels, in the form of a fee or tax, is an effective way of reducing GHG emissions and pollution levels across the globe. A […]

Chatbots are on the rise. This approach accounts for their risks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Venkataraman Sundareswaran, Fellow, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Regulations for AI are falling behind the exponential growth of the use of it. Developing an internal governance framework for “high-risk chatbots” would take a company considerable time and resources. A useful […]

Indian corona wave 2021: A nationwide oxygen emergency

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rajvi, a fresh graduate from Medical College Baroda and SSG Hospital, India. 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 […]

A new era of sustainable travel prepares for take-off

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sadiq Gillani, Senior Vice President, Emirates Group and Lecturer in Management Stanford Rebuilding travel sustainably in the wake of the pandemic has become a priority for the industry. Changing travel habits, accelerated fleet retirements, subsidies for biofuels and […]

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines. In a resolution adopted with 355 votes in favour, 263 against and 71 abstentions, Parliament proposes negotiations start for a temporary waiver of the WTO TRIPS […]

The COVID-19 Wave III and the lessons we should have learned

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Moushami Priyadarshini, a Final Year MBBS student from MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, of state Odisha, India. 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 […]

Back to the office? Here’s how tech company Salesforce thinks that might look

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce Business must prepare for the ‘great reopening’ of recovering economies in vaccinated markets, while aiding the COVID-19 response in those countries still suffering. Return to workplace strategies will see future […]

India 2020: second worst hit country in the world

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Juwairiah Abdur Raheem is a 3rd year medical student studying in Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Telangana, India. 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 […]

4 ways to scale up finance for India’s water sector

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Namita Vikas, Founder and Managing Partner, Auctus ESG, Sourajit Aiyer, Vice President, Sustainable Finance & ESG, AuctusESG & Cymroan Vikas, Research Associate, AuctusESG India is on track for a 50% shortfall in its water supply by 2030. There […]

Biodiversity: Commission progress report on EU action to protect pollinators highlights urgency of action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is publishing a report on the implementation of the first-ever EU Pollinators Initiative, which the Commission adopted in 2018 to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. Pollinating insects are crucial for the functioning of ecosystems, our food security, for medicines […]