MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy. Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach […]

EU-US trade war? EU calls for logic while Trump’s administration is a loose cannon in a dangerous lose-lose situation for global prosperity

The European Parliament (EP) voted yesterday for the kick-off of the negotiations with the US government in an attempt to eliminate the industrial goods tariffs and harmonise conformity assessment. These mandates need to be supported by the EU member states in order to bridge the current trade differences between the European Union and the United […]

Portugal can use its economic recovery to build up resilience

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Portugal’s economic recovery is now well established, with GDP back to pre-crisis levels, a substantially lower unemployment rate and renewed investment and domestic consumption now joining a robust export sector to drive the economy. Efforts should now focus on reducing vulnerabilities to build resilience to future […]

A backbencher Tory MP threatens both EU and UK with a no-deal Brexit

Last Thursday’s latest vote in the British Parliament, the Commons, revealed the real forces operating in relation to the country’s Gordian Knot, Brexit. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s newest proposal for a kind of a soft Brexit deal, under the name of ‘Plan B’ was rejected last Thursday in Parliament by 303 to 258 votes. […]

EU to scrutinise foreign direct investment more closely

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has agreed to set up an EU-level tool to screen foreign direct investment on grounds of security to protect strategic sectors, in a vote on Thursday. While the EU remains open for investment, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) needs to be vetted to […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: MEPs concerned by slow progress in EU-related reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with constitutional, political and electoral reforms, to advance the EU integration process. In a report assessing the latest progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on the country’s road towards possible EU accession, […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Can Germany and France lobby to circumvent EC’s rejection, against EU consumers’ interests?

The European Commission (EC), after months of investigation and discussions, came to the independent conclusion to refuse the merger of the rail companies Siemens and Alstom despite the improvements provided by the two firms together with the continuous pressure by the French and German governments. Nevertheless, France and Germany still believe that the EU has wrongly […]

Stronger European Border and Coast Guard to secure EU’s borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better address migratory and security challenges were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee. The revision of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aims to remedy the current shortcomings, respond to the […]

A digital tax sounds like a great idea. Here’s why it might not be universally popular

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 One of the most taxing of all the unintended consequences prompted by the rise of the digital economy has been the question of taxing the large, multinational firms that dominate the sector. But […]

New forms of work: deal on measures boosting workers’ rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP negotiators struck a deal with EU ministers on minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo. Every person who has an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by law, collective agreements or practice in force […]

Erasmus+ will finance existing UK-EU mobility in the event of no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Culture Committee will support continued funding to all current Erasmus+ learning mobility activities, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The European Parliament’s Culture Committee discussed with the EU Commission the proposed new contingency measures for the Erasmus+ programme, should the UK leave […]

Mother of all mergers between Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram: EU Data Privacy restrictions against Facebook’s imperialistic plans

Facebook celebrated its fifteen years last Monday and reported earnings in the last quarter of 2018 despite the scandals brought to light during the previous year. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, stated that there is a plan to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger by 2020 in order to allow users to send messages between these […]

Brexit: UK to suffer from EU’s uncompromising stance

Last Tuesday, 29 January, 317 British MPs voted for (301 against) the Tory Sir Graham Brady’s amendment, to replace the ‘Northern Ireland Backstop’ with elusive “alternative arrangements“. This NI Backstop is an integral part of the Brexit Agreement, PM Theresa May concluded with the other 27 EU leaders last December. It guarantees that, after the […]

Finnish Prime Minister calls for a more united EU of concrete actions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä debated the future of Europe with MEPs and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday. In his speech to MEPs, Finnish Prime Minister Sipilä expressed his support for the “kind of EU that proves its credibility through concrete action”. He […]

Parliament commemorates the victims of the Holocaust

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January), MEPs held a formal ceremony on Wednesday and observed a minute of silence for the victims. Opening the ceremony, President Antonio Tajani said: “By commemorating the victims of the Shoah for the first time during a […]

The world’s e-waste is a huge problem. It’s also a golden opportunity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO) & Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Humankind’s insatiable demand for electronic devices is creating the world’s fastest-growing waste stream. Some forms are growing exponentially. The United Nations calls it a […]

The 4 types of leader who will thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Punit Renjen, Global Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte One year ago, 86% of C-level executives in Deloitte’s first report exploring businesses’ readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution said their organizations were doing “all they could” to create a workforce for […]

Visa-free access to the EU for UK nationals and to the UK for EU nationals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK. By unanimity (53 votes) on Tuesday, the Civil Liberties Committee backed rules exempting UK nationals […]

Mario Draghi quizzed for last time by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Central Bank President and Chair of the EU’s economic risk watchdog Mario Draghi appeared for the last time in Parliament before the European elections. Mr Draghi took the opportunity to reiterate his calls for structural reforms to be prioritised in order to complete […]

EU Copyright Directive: Google News threatens to leave Europe while media startups increasingly worry

The European Copyright Directive negotiation meeting, which was supposed to take place last Monday regarding the finalization of Article 13 and Article 11, was cancelled due to the fact that eleven out of 28 EU countries voted against the text. The text is expected to be altered by the Romanian Council presidency in order to […]

Earth already has a perfect recycling system. So why not use it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Rogers, CEO, Apeel Sciences We live at a crossroads, both for humankind and our planet. Will we find a way to walk a sustainable path, or will we stand outside the laws of nature, imperiling the planet and […]

3 steps to making multistakeholder partnerships a powerful force

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Magesvaran Suranjan, President, P&G APAC and P&G IMEA As the world’s population continues to grow, we observe stark increases in the disparity between the privileged and underprivileged in terms of access to basic needs, like education and hygiene. Serving […]

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A proposal introducing penalties on European political parties deliberately breaching data protection to tamper with EU elections was informally agreed on Wednesday. The new provisions agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators are aimed at protecting the electoral process from online disinformation campaigns based on […]

Pedro Sánchez: We must protect Europe, so Europe can protect its citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs to be defended in the face of new challenges and against those who want to destroy it, said Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday to the European Parliament. In a plenary debate on the future of the EU, the President of the Spanish […]

EU fundamental rights under threat in several member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament denounces gender violence and discrimination, breaches of rule of law and hate speech in its assessment of fundamental rights in the EU in 2017. In a non-legislative resolution adopted on Wednesday with 390 votes to 153 and 63 abstentions, MEPs call […]

Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. This unanimity often cannot be achieved on crucial tax initiatives, and can lead to costly delays and sub-optimal policies. The Communication […]

Why the ocean holds the key to sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway It is only 12 years until 2030, the deadline for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world has set itself an ambitious task. To reach the SDGs we will have […]

We need to bin disposable items for good. Here are 5 ways to do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Szaky, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle Single-use products and packaging are convenient and affordable – and causing a growing waste crisis. Scientists have been alarmed to discover plastic pieces in locations far removed from human populations, such […]

The European Sting’s 2018 in most critical review

“This is the EU & the world in 2018 as we stung it and you read the most”, The Sting’s Team addresses its fondest 2019 wishes to our most powerful reader, You. January Trump reshapes the Middle East at the expense of Europe Will the end of QE come along with ECB’s inflation target? Hungary and Ireland […]

COP24: Paris agreement remained alive but fragile while the EU attempts to slow down CO2 emissions for new cars

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) concluded last Saturday in Katowice, Poland where all parties agreed on the rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement which will help governments measure and report their emissions cutting efforts. With this decision, the climate change battle is still ongoing […]

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, approved with 474 votes to 152 with 40 abstentions on Wednesday, will […]

The ‘yellow vests’ undermined Macron in France and the EU

Paris was a blockaded city this weekend. The government was forced to close down all the main tourist sites in the French capital. The Eiffel Tower, the Opera of Paris, the Louvre museum and tens of other sites which may attract the fury of the ‘yellow vest’ movement are closed and heavily guarded. Galerie Lafayette […]

Online platforms: improving transparency and fairness for EU businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules requiring online platforms to end unfair practices to businesses and set up effective redress mechanisms were approved by the Internal Market Committee. Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. Google Search) would be required to […]