Latest Eurobarometer survey (July-August): Economic situation is EU citizens’ top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future. In the new Standard Eurobarometer survey released today, European citizens identify […]

Coronavirus: additional ventilators dispatched to Czechia via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following Thursday’s announcement by President von der Leyen that the EU is sending 30 ventilators from the rescEU medical reserve, Austria and the Netherlands are now also answering Czechia’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. With 15 ventilators from Austria, 105 […]

The United Nations, 75 years young: Engaging youth social entrepreneurs to accelerate the SDGs

This article was written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. This year, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary – a milestone […]

A greener, fairer, and more robust EU farm policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s future farm policy should be more flexible, sustainable, and crisis-resilient, so that farmers can continue to deliver food security across the EU. MEPs on Friday adopted their position on the post-2022 EU farm policy reform. The EP negotiating team is now ready […]

Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs adopted proposals on how the EU can best regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation, ethical standards and trust in technology. The European Parliament is among the first institutions to put forward recommendations on what AI rules should include […]

White Coat, Stained red

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aramva Bikram Adhikari, a 3rd year medical student at Maharajgunj Medical Campus Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal. 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 […]

Member states must stop selling EU passports immediately, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU citizenship cannot be traded as a commodity, according to a majority of speakers, who want to end the “golden passports” schemes currently in place in some member states. In a plenary debate with Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, MEPs stressed the inherent risks that […]

The 2020 Sakharov Prize awarded to the democratic opposition in Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The democratic opposition in Belarus has been awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. European Parliament President David Sassoli announced the laureates in the Brussels plenary chamber at noon on Thursday, following an earlier decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and […]

Digital: The EU must set the standards for regulating online platforms, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for future-proof rules on digital services, including online platforms and marketplaces, and for a binding mechanism to tackle illegal content online. MEPs approved tonight two separate “legislative initiative” reports calling on the Commission to address and tackle current shortcomings in the online […]

What if the doctor become a patient?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Beatriz Silva Ribeiro, a second year medical student at TiradentesUniversity, Aracaju-SE, 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 not necessarily reflect […]

European Commission issues first emission of EU SURE social bonds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for […]

Here’s how sustainable aviation fuel can take off in Europe

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kevin Soubly Project Lead, Clean Skies for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum LLC & Lloyd Pinnel Aviation Lead, Energy Transitions Commission 15 major companies from across the European aviation sector have codeveloped policy recommendations for delivery to the European […]

EU job-search aid worth €2 million for 500 former shipbuilding workers in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Former shipbuilding workers from Galicia will receive €2,054,400 in EU aid to help them re-integrate into the labour market, following a plenary vote on Monday. Spain requested support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) after 960 workers were laid off in 38 small […]

Take Care of In Order to Be Taken Care of

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmet Kayhan Korkusuz, a first-year medical student at Istanbul Medipol University. 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 reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

Team Europe: The European Union disburses €25 million to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis in The Gambia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union disbursed €25 million of budget support for The Gambia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the Team Europe global package, these funds contribute to the recovery from the pandemic and also support the transition towards democracy and medium-term […]

Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commission, at the invitation by EU Member States, has set up an EU-wide system to ensure interoperability – a so-called […]

At least half of people who have a job fear they’ll lose it in the next 12 months

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gayle Markovitz Editor, World Economic Forum New survey shows more than half of working adults fear for their jobs. But two thirds of workers are optimistic about retraining on the current job. Employment concerns and perceived opportunities to […]

Stand for healthcare workers’ safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Abrar Abd El-mohaimn Ali, currently in the second semester of medicine at University of Khartoum, from Sudan Khartoum, medical education and research enthusiastic. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

There is no patient safety without healthcare workers’ safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Aahil Damani, a medical student at King’s College London (KCL), intercalating in Control of Infectious Diseases. 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 […]

Why the future of food must be blue as well as green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beatrice Crona, Associate professor, deputy science director, Stockholm Resilience Centre & Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, Woods Institute; Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University Blue foods tend to be ignored in discussions about how […]

World Food Day: How soon will we be eating lab-grown meat?

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 16 October is World Food Day. The global population is growing and demand for some meat products is expected to rise as much as 88% by 2050, while global hunger is also […]

The response to the current COVID-19 crisis must make the EU more resilient

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Recovery should reduce economic divergence and boost the EU’s long-term social and environmental targets, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee said on Thursday. In their vote on Thursday on economic policies needed in the euro area to tackle the crisis created by the pandemic, […]

Mobile technology, a necessary pearl in developing countries

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Yves Jacket Nsavyimana, a 5th year Medical Student at University of Burundi. 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 reflect IFMSA’s […]

Businesses have a role to play in building vaccine trust. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Edelman, President, Edelman & Julie Louise Gerberding, Executive Vice President & Chief Patient Officer, MSD Vaccine hesitancy poses a major threat to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Building and sustaining public trust and confidence in immunization systems […]

Parliament’s proposal to reinforce flagship programmes is worth 39 billion euros

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a spirit of compromise, Parliament made a concrete and realistic proposal for an immediate increase of key programme envelopes in the long-term EU budget by €39bn. Contradictory figures (up to an additional €90bn) have however been spread by the Council presidency in an […]

Coronavirus: Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As Europe learns to live with the pandemic, the development and swift global deployment of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 remains an essential element in the eventual solution to the public health crisis. In this context, the Commission is working to ensure that […]

Changing healthcare systems with simple technological solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Wireko Andrew Awuah, a 22 year old and currently a third – year medical student of the Medical institute of Sumy State University in Sumy, Ukraine He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

EU4Health: 9.4 billion EUR budget needed for new EU health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To fill gaps exposed by COVID-19 and ensure that health systems can face future threats to public health, an ambitious EU health programme is needed, say MEPs. On Wednesday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on the […]

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. This will […]

State of the Energy Union: Progress made on the clean energy transition and a basis for green recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today the 2020 State of the Energy Union Report and its accompanying documents focused on different aspects of EU energy policy. This year’s Report is the first one since the adoption of the European Green Deal, and looks at the Energy […]

Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal. The Strategy will boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals, and increase […]

Boeing subsidy case: World Trade Organization confirms EU right to retaliate against $4 billion of U.S. imports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) allowed the EU to raise tariffs up to $4 billion worth of imports from the U.S. as a countermeasure for illegal subsides to the American aircraft maker, Boeing. The decision builds upon the WTO’s earlier findings recognising the […]

EU job-search aid worth €2 million for 500 former shipbuilding workers in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Former shipbuilding workers from Galicia should receive €2,054,400 in EU aid to help them re-integrate into the labour market, following a Budgets Committee vote on Monday. Spain requested support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) after 960 workers were laid off in 38 […]