Less than 50% of Latin America has fixed broadband. Here are 3 ways to boost the region’s digital access

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Franz Drees-Gross, Director of Infrastructure, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank & Pepe Zhang, Associate Director, Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center • Latin America and the Caribbean have uneven and costly digital access. • Promoting […]

EU disburses €250 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Jordan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed €250 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Jordan. Today’s disbursement is partly from the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them limit the economic […]

Kremlin politics: MEPs call for EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign Affairs Committee says the EU must push back against Russia’s aggressive policies while laying groundwork for cooperation with a future democratic country. In a new assessment of the direction of EU-Russia political relations, MEPs make clear the Parliament distinguishes between the Russian people […]

Data governance: new rules to boost data sharing across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted rules to facilitate making more data available to help create new products and innovation, in particular in Artificial Intelligence. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee adopted on Thursday its position on the EU Data Governance Act (DGA), aimed at increasing trust in […]

Boosting the EU’s capacity to anticipate and respond to health crises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs outline how the EU should strengthen crisis prevention, preparedness and response when addressing future serious cross-border health threats. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 67 votes in favour, 10 against and one abstention, a […]

Political agreement on the Aarhus Regulation: Commission welcomes increased public scrutiny of EU acts related to the environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached yesterday between the European Parliament and the EU Member States in the Council on amending the Aarhus Regulation that will allow for increased public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment. The Commission had proposed the […]

Taxation: Historic global agreement to ensure fairer taxation of multinational enterprises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the historic global agreement endorsed by G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors today, which will bring fairness and stability to the international corporate tax framework. This unprecedented consensus will usher in a complete reform of the international corporate tax […]

MEPs call for the protection of fundamental values in the EU and worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The threat to democracy and fundamental rights in several member states was the main issue discussed on Wednesday with Presidents Michel and von der Leyen. During the debate on the results of the 24-25 June European Council, most speakers criticised Hungary’s recently-adopted law which […]

EU deploys immediate assistance to help Cyprus contain devastating forest fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Cyprus activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on 3 July 2021, requesting support to tackle forest fires in the Limassol district. Responding immediately, the EU has rapidly mobilised rescEU aerial fire-fighting assets hosted by Greece and Italy. Firefighting planes have already departed from Greece, […]

Belgian Court orders AstraZeneca to deliver vaccine doses to the EU – Questions and Answers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why did the European Commission start this Court proceeding and what did it intend to obtain? The company announced in January that it would not be in a position to deliver the number of doses laid down in the contract. The Commission and the […]

Deal reached on EU fund to help regions and businesses adapt to Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU legislators reached an agreement on Thursday on the 5 billion euro Brexit Adjustment Reserve, paving the way for a first payment by December. With a budget of 5 billion euro (in 2018 prices – 5.4 billion euro in current prices), the Brexit Adjustment […]

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching Talent Partnerships, a key initiative under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum that will help to address skills shortages in the European Union and to strengthen mutually-beneficial partnerships on migration with third countries. Matching the skills of workers […]

Contemplation: Lessons learnt from COVID-19 and their implementation by the EU

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nidhi P Pawar, a second year medical student at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in Karnataka, India. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the […]

Central America and Mexico: EU reaffirms support with €18.5 million in humanitarian and development aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has announced today at the ‘Solidarity event for forcibly displaced persons and host communities in Central America and Mexico’, that it will allocate €18.5 million in aid. Of this sum, €12 million represents humanitarian funding to Central America, and €6.5 million constitutes […]

EU external action budget: European Commission welcomes the final adoption of the EU’s new long-term external action budget for 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) – ‘Global Europe’ for the period 2021-2027. This is the final step of the adoption process following the negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and […]

The EU needs new sources of revenue, MEPs stress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New streams of EU revenue to be proposed in July should bring fairer taxation and help repay the debt incurred to finance the EU recovery plan, MEPs said on Tuesday. In a debate in plenary, Commissioner Johannes Hahn confirmed that the Commission will table […]

Perspective on the policy of disinformation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Diego Martins Sanson, a 2nd year student of medical school, academic at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) – MG, Brazil. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

The rise of vulnerable populations and care measures: what has been learned so far in times of the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Daltro Moreira Iori and Ms. Karine Franco, two medical students at the University Center of Maringá. They are affiliated with 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 […]

Ocean conservation: EU leads the international effort to establish new Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius hosted a ministerial meeting to build support among the Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for the designation of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, […]

Eurobarometer: Trust in the European Union has increased since last summer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. While the coronavirus pandemic has been impacting on European daily lives for more than a year, attitudes towards the EU remain positive, according to the latest Standard Eurobarometer conducted in February-March 2021. The image of the EU and trust in the EU have increased […]

This is how the EU is using cloud to manage its data without losing control of it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gilles Thiebaut, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Northern Western Europe, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Connected devices and sensors in infrastructure, vehicles, and manufacturing plants are all generating data. A decentralized cloud system could unlock the value of this data. […]

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU’s external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border […]

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 […]

IWD 2021: The gender dimension must be included in the COVID-19 recovery plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs, national MEPs and high-level guests discussed women’s crucial role in leading the fight against the pandemic, in an interparliamentary meeting on Thursday. At the opening of a meeting hosted by Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Chair Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT) on the occasion […]

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

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 March 3 is World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. Up to 350 million people living in or near forests rely on their ecosystem […]

COVID-19 lessons learnt: boosting EU civil protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, a reform of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) was provisionally agreed, aimed at improving prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. Parliament and Council agreed to strengthen the existing legal framework on civil protection, in response to the unprecedented experience of the […]

Commissioner for Crisis Management in Kabul: EU steps up humanitarian assistance with €32 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič has concluded an official visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the country tries to move beyond one of the deadliest conflicts worldwide, lasting decades. The visit was the first of an EU humanitarian affairs Commissioner in several years and […]

This is where people live the longest in the EU

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 Spain and Italy have the longest-lived populations in the EU. There are large variations in life expectancy across Europe, a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report shows. The data […]

Deal on an enhanced information system for visas in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament and Council’s negotiators agreed on a reform of the Visa Information System that works well with key databases and respects fundamental rights. According to the political agreement reached on Tuesday, the future Visa Information System (VIS) Regulation will establish clear conditions for access […]

Deal on new rules for EU regional, cohesion and social funds over next 7 years

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Tuesday, EU legislators reached a provisional political agreement on how EU countries will be able to spend EU regional, cohesion and social funds for 2021-2027. Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators agreed that the total resources for economic, social and territorial funds available for 2021-2027 […]

Solidarity Fund: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Budgets Committee Members approved €823 million in EU aid for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland, and the coronavirus crisis. The €823 million in aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows: More than €132.7 million to […]

European Union backs peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with new aid for police reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) is maintaining its commitment to the security of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by earmarking €20 million from the 11th European Development Fund for the Police Reform Support Programme over five years. This brings EU […]

‘Everything is still to be agreed’: informal talks between Parliament and Council on Rule of law conditionality continue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Talks will continue in November, when the co-legislators will meet for the fifth trilogue on a mechanism to link EU funds to respect for rule of law. After concluding the fourth round of informal legislative negotiations with the Council, EP negotiators said on Thursday: […]