EU allocates an additional €9 million to support the most vulnerable in Myanmar following the coup d’état

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the EU has stepped up its response to assist those in need in Myanmar in the context of the recent military coup, with the allocation of an additional €9 million in emergency humanitarian aid to support the most vulnerable. The critical reinforcement of […]

EU, Norway and the United Kingdom conclude key fisheries arrangements on North Sea

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The trilateral arrangement on jointly managed fisheries stocks in the North Sea for 2021 establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) and quota sharing covering over 636,000 tonnes of fish. In parallel, the EU and Norway have concluded bilateral consultations for the shared stocks in […]

Why we need a mindset shift to combat the new wave of supply-chain cyberattacks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dani Michaux, EMA Cyber Leader and Head of Cyber Security, KPMG Ireland • The digital ecosystem has expanded in response to changing needs during the pandemic. • There is a current rise in cyberattacks, often on vulnerable digital […]

Commission initiates an investigation to decide whether to prolong the steel safeguard measure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has initiated an investigation to assess whether the safeguard measure currently in place on imports of certain steel products should be prolonged beyond 30 June 2021. The initiation of this investigation follows a duly substantiated request received from twelve EU Member […]

This is how blockchain can help fight pandemics

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 Blockchain is used to record information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to change, cheat or hack. It could be used to create a Trusted COVID-19 Essential Supplies Repository […]

Equal Pay Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioners Schmit and Dalli

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Women in the European Union still earn less than men. The gender pay gap in the EU-27 has slightly improved since last year: from 14.5% to 14.1% according to the latest Eurostat findings. The European Equal Pay Day marks the day when women symbolically […]

Chart of the Day: This is how the $88 trillion global economy is spread around the world

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 Before COVID-19, the global economy stood at $88 trillion. But the pandemic has seen growth forecasts revised downwards and economies go into recession. In 2019, the United States had the biggest slice […]

How can we maximise the benefits of a system value approach?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristen Panerali, Head of Electricity Industry, World Economic Forum & Stephanie Jamison, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Global Utilities Leader The path to an integrated zero-carbon energy system needs to take into account not only cost, but also system value. […]

Technology and public healthcare: the basis to fight COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Fábio Lima Baggio and Ms. Natália Federle are fourth grade medical students at a university in southern Brazil. They are 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 writers […]

Excise duties: Commission welcomes agreement on rules governing alcohol

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s agreement reached in the Council on the new rules governing excise duties on alcohol within the EU. This agreement paves the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses. The agreed new rules will ensure […]

Discrimination in the medical curriculum: are medical schools providing students with equal access to the medical profession?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anushree Burade, a fourth year medical student studying at ESIC Medical College, Bangalore, 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 writers and do not […]

Antitrust: Commission adopts guidance for national courts when handling disclosure of confidential information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the protection of confidential information by national courts in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. This follows a targeted public consultation that the Commission launched on 29 July 2019 inviting comments from stakeholders […]

Lorenzo Natali Media Prize: 2020 winners announced

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize: Dayu Zhang of the ‘South China Morning Post’, Cécile Schilis Gallego and Marion Guegan of ‘Forbidden Stories’ and Shola Lawal of ‘Equal Times’. For nearly three decades, the Prize has […]

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants new market authorisations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisations to the company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, for a vaccine against Ebola. The authorisation was granted in one month, reducing the decision-making process timing in half, further demonstrating the Commission’s commitment in […]

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery […]

Coronavirus in Brazil: mental health in tragedy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Gustavo Abud Priedols and Ms. Letícia Ribeiro da Cunha, two second-year medical students at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina, located in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Wash your hands, but keep your mind clean

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fernanda Clara da Silva, a student of the fourth period of Medicine of the State University of Rio Grande do Norte-UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

How the world can ‘reset’ itself after COVID-19 – according to these experts

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 The Great Reset is a new initiative from the World Economic Forum and HRH the Prince of Wales to guide decision-makers on the path to a more resilient, sustainable world beyond coronavirus. […]

Commission steps up fight against money laundering and terrorist financing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today put forward a comprehensive approach to further strengthen the EU’s fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. The Commission has published an ambitious and multifaceted Action Plan, which sets out concrete measures that the Commission will take over the […]

Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Greek aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive […]

Supply chains have been upended. Here’s how to make them more resilient

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, SKUChain & Ziyang Fan, Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum LLC Supply chain visibility is crucial to understanding the impact of disruption. Digitizing records will make supply chains more resilient to […]

COVID-19: What the evidence so far means for containment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Junaid Nabi, Public Health Researcher, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute Imperial College of London’s report on the impact of an uncontrolled pandemic prompted an immediate change in UK government strategy; Two major approaches […]

As coronavirus spreads to poorer countries, here’s how the world can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International Thirty million people. More than that many people could die worldwide from coronavirus unless we see urgent intervention, according to Imperial College London. We could see the world’s biggest humanitarian disaster […]

Total US cases quadruple in one week – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the most significant developments and selected articles to read, as of Monday 30 March. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus concerns

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would go ahead in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision after Japanese Prime […]

‘Act fast and do whatever it takes’ to fight the COVID-19 crisis, say leading economists

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Leading economists urge governments to bring out the ‘big artillery’ to fight the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unconventional policy options such as ‘helicopter money’ should be on the table, […]

The EU’s outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission adopted a report on progress made under the 2017 Strategic Partnership with the EU’s outermost regions, which strengthened the cooperation between the EU outermost regions, the respective Member States and the European Commission. The report shows that this strengthened partnership […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to activate fiscal framework’s general escape clause to respond to pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today proposes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) as part of its strategy to respond quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner to the coronavirus pandemic. Once endorsed by the Council, it will allow […]

A pandemic of solidarity? This is how people are supporting one another as coronavirus spreads

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 COVID-19 continues to spread – but it’s bringing out the best in people across the globe. Volunteers are looking out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours. Across Europe, people are singing to one […]

Parliament mobilised to channel EU funds to those affected by Coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Regional Development Committee is ready to find the most efficient way possible to allow the Corona Response Investment Initiative to be adopted and swiftly implemented. EP Regional Development Committee Chair, Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, FR) said: “Europe must show solidarity right now. Cohesion policy […]

From the boardroom to the consulting room: pharma’s role in curing gender bias

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation • Pharma companies putting greater priority on women makes sense financially and in terms of healthcare impact. • Women in low-income countries bear a disproportionate disease burden. • More […]

This is how the Western Balkans will become more innovative

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martina Larkin, Head of Regional Strategies – Europe and Eurasia, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva & Attilio Di Battista, Project Lead, Country Accelerators, World Economic Forum The Western Balkans is one of the areas […]