EU agrees 24 new guarantee programmes to boost investments in enlargement and neighbourhood regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Operational Board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+) has today endorsed a further package of 24 guarantee programmes to support investments in the EU’s neighbourhood and enlargement countries. Together with the three guarantees for the Western Balkans to support SMEs […]

EU pledges €102.5 million in humanitarian funding for Africa’s Lake Chad region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has allocated €102.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the Lake Chad region. Violence in the region, where the civilian population is increasingly the victim of […]

Trade and Climate: EU and partner countries launch the ‘Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission, EU Member States, and 26 partners countries will launch “The Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate”, the first Ministerial-level global forum dedicated to trade and climate and sustainable development issues. The Coalition will foster global action to promote trade policies […]

CBAM: What you need to know about the new EU decarbonization incentive

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joachim Monkelbaan, Lead, Climate Trade, World Economic Forum, Tim Figures, Associate Director, EU & Global Trade and Investment, Boston Consulting Group After months of negotiations, EU Member States and the European Parliament have agreed to the world’s first Carbon […]

These are the most expensive cities in the world

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 New York and Singapore have topped the list of the most expensive cities in the world in 2022, as global prices soar by more than 8%, making the cost of living in […]

European Health Union: a new EU Health security framework is in motion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the building blocks of the European Health Union are officially in place. This not only includes stronger EU rules on serious cross-border threats to health, but also a stronger mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and […]

EU wins in WTO appeal about Colombian anti-dumping duties on frozen fries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Arbitrators have in substance ruled in favour of the EU in the first WTO appeal dealt with under the ‘Multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement’, known as the ‘MPIA’. The final and binding award confirms that the anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on frozen fries […]

Central banks slow down interest rate rises: What you need to know about the global economy this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Shine, Senior Writer, Formative Content 1. Interest rate rises slow down – but more still to come The US Federal Reserve (Fed), European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of England all slowed the pace of their interest rate […]

€186 million to promote high quality and sustainable EU agri-food products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will allocate €185.9 million in 2023 to fund promotion activities for sustainable and high quality EU agri-food products in the EU and worldwide. The 2023 promotion policy work programme adopted today by the Commission contributes to the realisation of the political […]

Ukraine: EU agrees ninth package of sanctions against Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the Council’s adoption of a ninth package of hard-hitting sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine. This responds to Russia’s continued escalation and illegal war against Ukraine, in particular as Russia is deliberately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, seeking to […]

Standing with the Ukrainian people: EU delivers further energy support for the winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At a time when temperatures across Ukraine have dropped to below zero, Russian attacks have left millions without reliable access to electricity, central heating and water. To help those most in need, at the conference ‘Standing with the Ukrainian people’ in Paris today, President […]

Green Deal: EU agrees new law on more sustainable and circular batteries to support EU’s energy transition and competitive industry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council aiming to make all batteries placed on the EU market more sustainable, circular and safe. The agreement builds on the Commission’s proposal from December 2020 and addresses the social, economic and […]

REPowerEU: New industrial Alliance to boost the EU’s solar power and energy security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission together with industrial actors, research institutes, associations and other relevant parties launched the European Solar PV Industry Alliance. The alliance will help mitigating supply risk by securing diversification of supplies through more diverse imports and scaled up solar PV manufacturing of […]

EU at COP15: Final stretch to global deal to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, for people and planet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today starts the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP15 meeting in Montréal. From 7 to 19 December, countries will aim to reach a global agreement for the protection of nature and the planet with long-term goals by 2050 and milestones for 2030. The Commission, representing […]

From stricter reporting rules to a new cyber threat hub, the EU is upgrading its cybersecurity law

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum, Filipe Beato, Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The European Union is set to make major upgrades to its bloc-wide cybersecurity framework for the first time in years. In November, the […]

Deal on new law to ensure products causing deforestation are not sold in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To fight climate change and biodiversity loss, the new law obliges companies to ensure that a series of products sold in the EU do not come from deforested land anywhere in the world. On Tuesday morning, MEPs reached a preliminary deal with EU governments […]

Green Deal: EU agrees law to fight global deforestation and forest degradation driven by EU production and consumption

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement just reached between the European Parliament and the Council on an EU Regulation on deforestation-free supply chains. Once adopted and applied, the new law will ensure that a set of key goods placed on the EU market […]

Has Eurozone inflation peaked? Plus other economy stories you need to read this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Shine, Senior Writer, Formative Content 1. Has Eurozone inflation peaked? Eurozone inflation eased far more than expected in November, raising hopes that surging price growth is past its peak. But the European Central Bank’s (ECB) top names […]

The EU cultural sector is bouncing back from the pandemic. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content, Ian Shine, Senior Writer, Formative Content When was the last time you went to a theatre, listened to live music or attended another type of cultural event IRL (in real life)? COVID-19 lockdowns […]

Parliament insists that the EU must freeze funding to Hungary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Commission and Council should resist pressure from Hungary and go ahead with adopting the proposed rule of law conditionality measures to suspend EU cohesion funds. In a resolution passed on Thursday by 416 votes in favour,124 against and 33 abstentions, MEPs say that the […]

A strengthened enlargement policy is the EU’s strongest geopolitical tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the EU to overcome the status quo and reenergise the enlargement process both among member states and in applicant countries. In light of the growing Russian threat to European peace and stability, an enhanced enlargement policy remains the strongest geopolitical tool […]

EU agrees to COP27 compromise to keep Paris Agreement alive and protect those most vulnerable to climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference which ended on Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the European Commission showed ambition and flexibility to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees within reach. After a difficult week of negotiations, a strong […]

COP27: EU and Egypt step up cooperation on the clean energy transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, today, the EU and Egypt have taken a further step to boost their long-term cooperation on the clean energy transition by establishing a strategic partnership on renewable hydrogen and preparing the ground for a just energy transition in Egypt. […]

What is the G20?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Hall, Writer, Formative Content Is a “tripledemic” on the way this winter? Some scientists think so, as an early uptick in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) virus cases in the US and Canada emerges alongside transmission of COVID-19 […]

Fisheries: EU and neighbouring countries agree first-ever joint multiannual management plans in the Mediterranean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, for the first time, the EU and neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean agreed on the establishment of five fully-fledged multiannual management plans (MAPs) based on the principles of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). It is a key step in improving the environmental and […]

Military Mobility: EU proposes actions to allow armed forces to move faster and better across borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative put forward an Action Plan on Military Mobility 2.0 and a Joint Communication on an EU cyber defence policy to address the deteriorating security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and to boost the EU’s capacity to […]

Cyber Defence: EU boosts action against cyber threats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative put forward a Joint Communication on an EU Cyber Defence policy and an Action Plan on Military Mobility 2.0 to address the deteriorating security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and to boost the EU’s capacity to […]

Berlin Process Summit: EU announces €1 billion energy support package for the Western Balkans and welcomes new agreements to strengthen the Common Regional Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President Ursula von der Leyen, and High Representative Josep Borrell participated in the Western Balkans Summit in the context of the Berlin Process. During the Summit and as advanced during her mission in the region last week, the President announced a substantial energy […]

Global Gateway: EU, Cameroon and Nigeria inaugurate international Cross River Bridge to boost connectivity and socio-economic integration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union, the Governments of Cameroon and Nigeria and the African Development Bank, inaugurated the new Cross River bridge at the Mfum-Ekok border crossing between Cameroon and Nigeria. This critical infrastructure also includes a new joint border post at Mfum (Nigeria) and […]

Ukraine: EU launches winter shelter programme and boosts humanitarian aid by €175 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission announces today a new emergency shelter and winterised facilities programme for Ukraine, as Russia’s war continues to destroy civilian infrastructure. Furthermore, the Commission will provide an additional €175 million in humanitarian assistance to support those most in need in Ukraine and […]

Food security: EU contributes €100 million to IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust to support vulnerable African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU signed a €100 million grant agreement (about US$97.2 million) for the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT). These funds will allow the IMF to make about €630 million worth of zero interest loans for PRGT-eligible African, Caribbean […]

EU budget: EU accounts signed off the 15th year in a row

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission has today welcomed the decision of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) to give the EU annual accounts a clean bill of health, for the 15th year in a row. The revenue part of the EU Budget also continues to be free […]

2022 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses reforms in the Western Balkans and Türkiye and recommends candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2022 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Türkiye on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]