Energy prices: MEPs call for EU response to focus on the most vulnerable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament advocates more emergency measures to ease the pressure of rapidly rising energy prices on European households and businesses. The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine and the weaponisation of the EU’s fossil energy supply has dramatically exacerbated already-existing instability in the energy market […]

Fundamental rights in the EU: long-standing problems exacerbated by COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s latest assessment of the state of fundamental rights in the EU identifies numerous concerns and demands member states act in defence of European values. On Thursday, MEPs assessed the state of fundamental values in the EU in 2020 – 2021, identifying areas of […]

State of the EU: Ukraine, energy, climate change, economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the annual State of the European Union debate, MEPs quizzed President von der Leyen on the Commission’s work in the past year and its upcoming plans. Opening the debate, EP President Roberta Metsola said: “It is a special honour to have Olena Zelenska […]

Parliament adopts new rules on adequate minimum wages for all workers in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Minimum wages in all EU countries should allow for decent living and working standards, and member states should promote collective bargaining for pay. With 505 votes in favour, 92 against and 44 abstentions, Parliament adopted new legislation on adequate minimum wages in the EU, […]

European Commission proposes second €5 billion tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a further €5 billion in macro-financial assistance (MFA) loans to Ukraine as the second part of the exceptional MFA package of up to €9 billion announced in the Commission’s communication of 18 May 2022 and endorsed by the […]

Among numerous global challenges, hepatitis C is one we can beat through one final step

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Prof. Dr. Mohamad Hassany, Assistant Minister for Public Health Initiatives and Projects for Egypt, Director of the COVID19 Crisis Room, Ministry of Health, Egypt The COVID-19 pandemic created health impacts beyond the virus spread itself, sending Sustainable Development […]

EU investment screening and export control rules effectively safeguard EU security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Foreign investment screening and export controls play a critical role in safeguarding European security and public order. This is the result of two reports adopte(d yesterday by the European Commission: the report on the screening of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), and the report on […]

Poland: EU opens medical evacuations hub to facilitate transfers of Ukrainian patients

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is in Poland to officially open the new EU Medevac Hub for medical evacuations of Ukrainian patients together with Ministers of Health from Poland and Ukraine. The hub is strategically located near the Polish city of […]

Why the European Union is opening a Silicon Valley ’embassy’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum The European Union is opening a new outpost in San Francisco. The office will facilitate cooperation between European regulators and major technology firms. A European Commission spokesperson said the […]

Ukraine: the EU has coordinated the delivery of more than 60,000 tonnes of life-saving assistance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the EU has coordinated the delivery of 66,224 tonnes of in-kind assistance to Ukraine from 30 countries via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The assistance delivered includes 180 ambulances, 125 fire-fighting vehicles, 300 power generators, 35 heavy machinery vehicles, and 4 […]

Social Europe: More transparent and predictable working conditions for workers in EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today is the deadline for EU Member States to transpose the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions into national law. The Directive provides more extensive and updated labour rights and protection to the 182 million workers in the EU. With the new rules, […]

EU and Azerbaijan enhance bilateral relations, including energy cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today in Baku, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson met with President Ilham Aliyev and Azeri Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov to strengthen the existing cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan. The two Presidents signed a new Memorandum of […]

Ensuring Global Food Security: What China Says and Does

Hit by intense heat, it is reported that some European countries will see their soft-wheat output drop by 7%, lower than their five-year average, another bad news for the already strained global food supply. But the problem did not pop up just this summer. In recent years, the consequences of the climate crisis, compounded by […]

Forest fires: EU mobilises its firefighting fleet to help Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Forest fires: EU mobilises its firefighting fleet to help Portugal Portugal has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to request emergency assistance for the current wildfires in the central part of the country. In an immediate response, the European Commission has mobilised this morning […]

EU candidate status: lead MEP welcomes Council decision

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement of the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the European Council ‘s decision of 23 June 2022 on the EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia David McAllister (EPP, DE) made the following statement on Thursday, after the announcement of […]

The European Commission recommends to Council confirming Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’s perspective to become members of the EU and provides its opinion on granting them candidate status

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today’s Opinions are based on the Commission’s assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to […]

Fit for 55: Parliament agrees to higher EU carbon sink ambitions by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support increasing the target for carbon sinks in land use, land use change and the forestry sector, de facto raising the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target to 57 %. On Wednesday, Parliament adopted its position on a proposed law to reduce greenhouse […]

“Moldova belongs in the European Union” says President Maia Sandu

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called on EU countries to rally behind her country’s European aspirations. In her address to MEPs in Brussels, President Sandu outlined how Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine had echoes of Europe’s […]

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has posed new challenges, just as the Union had recovered from the economic impacts of the pandemic. By exerting further […]

Hydrogen: Commission supports industry commitment to boost by tenfold electrolyser manufacturing capacities in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton and European electrolyser manufacturers met in Brussels to discuss how to increase industry’s capacity to produce electrolysers used to produce clean hydrogen. The Commissioner and 20 industry CEOs signed a Joint Declaration whereby industry committed to a […]

Why doesn’t the EU notice the new double digit growth of EU-China trade?

Recently the results of the EU-China trade for the first quarter of 2022 came out and scored an impressive 10.2% growth and yet the EU media and policy makers remained mute. Why is that so? Obviously, the world economy has been hit hard by an explosive mix of the war in Ukraine coupled with the […]

Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today proposing an ambitious and sustainable legal migration policy. As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU’s economy, […]

Intellectual property: Commission boosts protection of European craft and industrial products in the EU and beyond

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has proposed a first-ever framework to protect the intellectual property for craft and industrial products that rely on the originality and authenticity of traditional practices from their regions. This framework will cover products such as Murano glass, Donegal tweed, Porcelaine de […]

Crypto assets: new rules to stop illicit flows in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted, with 93 votes to 14 and 14 abstentions, their position on draft legislation strengthening EU rules against money laundering and terrorist financing. Traceability of […]

We could be spending an hour a day in the metaverse by 2026. But what will we be doing there?

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 A quarter of people will spend at least an hour a day in the metaverse by 2026, research company Gartner predicts. We’ll be doing things like shopping, studying and working. Every business […]

Ukraine: EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission outlines today the very substantial support the EU is making available to help people fleeing war in Ukraine, as well as the EU countries receiving them. In the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action […]

EU at UN Environment Assembly: seeking to secure launch of negotiations for global agreement on plastics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Commissioner Sinkevičius is representing the European Union at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) taking place from 28 February to 2 March in Nairobi, Kenya. In an alliance with partners from all continents, the EU will seek to secure the […]

Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposes new rules on whocan use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more […]

IoT security: How we are keeping consumers safe from cyber threats

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. The lack of consensus around consumer IoT standards has raised concerns about security, privacy, interoperability, and equity. A multistakeholder coalition worked together to agree on IoT security requirements for consumer-facing devices. More than 100 organizations are calling on some […]

The EU must speak with one voice on foreign policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for a more effective EU foreign and security policy and a stronger defence capability to respond to threats, in two reports adopted on Thursday. With growing instability in the world, the rise of authoritarianism and disinformation, the EU should take the lead […]

Humanitarian aid: EU allocates €18 million in Algeria, Egypt and Libya

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced its humanitarian funding for North Africa for 2022 amounting to €18 million. The funding will support some of the most vulnerable people in Algeria, Egypt and Libya. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “The European Union is committed […]

What worries the world in 2022?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Omicron variant has pushed COVID-19 back to the top of the world’s worry list, latest Ipsos data reveals. 63% of the 28 countries surveyed claim their country is heading in the […]

EU-US Energy Council: Opening remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Simson

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell : Secretary Blinken, Secretary Granholm, Commissioner, Ambassador Etienne, We convene today in an environment characterised by geopolitical turbulence, particularly in the Eastern Neighbourhood of Europe. While we meet under the gathering storm cloud, our discussions take a greater relevance.  We […]