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 […]

EU-Western Balkans Summit in Tirana reaffirms the EU membership perspective of the Western Balkans and EU’s strategic partnership with the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council, Charles Michel, High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, as well as Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States and Western Balkan partners participated in […]

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 […]

How to develop sustainable travel products customers want

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jesko Neuenburg, Managing Director, Global Travel & Aviation Sustainability Lead, Accenture, David Walfisch, Principal Director, Travel Sustainability, Accenture, Natalie Nehme, Manager, Travel Sustainability, Accenture, Maksim Soshkin, Research and Analysis Specialist, World Economic Forum Travel and tourism companies are […]

EU and Canada to co-host the next International Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outflow of refugees and migrants from Venezuela is currently one of the largest displacement crises in the world, with more than 7.1 million people having fled or left their country. The current global context, and lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, have compounded […]

These are the world’s most sustainable universities

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 From the Paris revolt in 1968 to the anti-Vietnam war student strikes, academic establishments have long been instigators of societal change. And, as the climate crisis intensifies, the need for large-scale transformation has […]

5 workplace trends to watch in 2023, according to an expert

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. A bit more time in bed, or to exercise, to go on the school run or maybe just enjoy a coffee without having to rush. What would you do with an extra free day each week? https://cdn.jwplayer.com/players/v6yrf4zL-ncRE1zO6.html For 2,600 […]

To fill the cybersecurity skills gap, the sector needs to boost diversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Renée Tarun, Deputy CISO/Vice President Information Security, Fortinet In the cybersecurity industry, there are currently two major issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible: first, the global cybersecurity skills gap; and second, the lack of […]

Ukraine: Commission proposes to criminalise the violation of EU sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today putting forward a proposal to harmonise criminal offences and penalties for the violation of EU restrictive measures. While the Russian aggression on Ukraine is ongoing, it is paramount that EU restrictive measures are fully implemented and the violation of […]

Sustainable change needs to happen from the inside out. Here’s why that needs investment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Costas Papaikonomou, Co-Founder, UnaTerra Today, the number of impact-driven startups and scale-ups with noble intentions of improving the planet are plentiful, as are their ideas for clean alternatives to dirty technologies and innovations. But unfortunately, many of these […]

3 ways payment technology can help make travel more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jenifer Mundy, Global Head, Merchant Sales & Acquiring, Visa With international tourism now back at 60% of pre-pandemic levels, the need for more sustainability in the sector has never been more important. Whether travelling for work or vacation, […]

How trade can help end plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Soumyajit Kar, Specialist, Sustainable Trade, World Economic Forum Government representatives are currently meeting in Uruguay to kickstart the first Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) on reaching an internationally binding treaty to end plastic pollution that the United Nations Environment […]

Hybrid working: Why your company should embrace digital soft skills

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matias Acosta, CEO, Shaping Horizons, Alumni, Global Shapers Community At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly nine in 10 (87%) of workers lacked cognitive, interpersonal, and leadership soft skills for the future labour market. Now, as the […]

e-Evidence: Commission welcomes political agreement to strengthen cross-border access for criminal investigations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on the new rules for sharing of e-evidence across the EU. This agreement will lead to  the formal adoption of a Directive and a Regulation to govern […]

Drone Strategy 2.0: Creating a large-scale European drone market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Drone Strategy 2.0, adopted today by the Commission, sets out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. It builds on the EU’s safety framework for operating and setting the technical requirements of drones, which is the world’s most […]

Human rights breaches in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respect for human rights in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo. Human rights situation in Afghanistan, especially the deterioration of women’s rights and attacks against educational institutions The staggering regression in women and […]

6 ways the pharmaceutical industry can reduce its climate impact

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jayasree K. Iyer, CEO, Access to Medicine Foundation Health and climate are inextricably linked, from the impact of extreme weather on food security to air pollution due to wildfires or the growing spread of infectious diseases. Wherever we […]

Why these are the smartest and most sustainable cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joan Enric Ricart Costa, Professor of Strategic Management, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Pascual Berrone, Professor of Strategic Management, IESE Business School, University of Navarra The world’s cities, already grappling with ageing populations, multifarious social demands, and […]

Reclaiming the streets: Why we must put children at the heart of road safety efforts worldwide

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean Todt, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, United Nations, Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) With road crashes remaining the number one cause of death for children and young adults aged five to 29, […]

Migration routes: Commission proposes Action Plan for Central Mediterranean to address immediate challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (Home Affairs) of 25 November 2022, the Commission is presenting an EU Action Plan on the Central Mediterranean. Whilst emphasising that structural solutions will only be found through agreement on the full set of asylum […]

How to claim your flight emissions when flying on sustainable aviation fuels

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laia Barbarà, Lead, Aviation Decarbonization, World Economic Forum, Julia Fidler, Manager, Group Sustainability Program, Microsoft, Amy Malaki, Head, Policy & Sustainability, SkyNRG, Bettina Paschke, Vice President, ESG Accounting, Reporting and Controlling, DHL Express Leaders in the aviation industry […]

Seven countries to receive nearly €720 million in EU aid after natural disasters in 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs approved nearly €720 million in EU Solidarity Fund aid following natural disasters in seven EU countries in 2021. The €718.5 million in aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows: In relation to the catastrophic floods […]

To the G20: It’s time for universal connectivity and to digitalize small enterprises

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Just as electrification transformed the world in the 20th century, digitalization is shaping the 21st century. It is a global engine of sustainable economic growth, a lever to fight climate […]

How the Gulf states are using tech to build net-zero and future-fit manufacturing industries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ahmed Sultan, Executive Director – International Offices & Business Development (Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics), Bahrain Economic Development Board Sustained, robust and cooperative action on climate change has never been more important. There is international scientific consensus on the […]

Digital Services Act: EU’s landmark rules for online platforms enter into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today a landmark new set of EU rules for a safer and more accountable online environment enters into force with the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA applies to all digital services that connect consumers to goods, services, or content. It creates comprehensive new […]

Energy crisis: MEPs back plans to boost the deployment of renewables

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The proposal would accelerate the procedure to grant permits for new renewable energy power plants, such as solar panels or windmills, or to adapt existing ones. In their amendments to the Commission proposal, MEPs in the Industry, Energy and Research Committee shortened the maximum […]

Commission welcomes agreement on EU Annual Budget 2023

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, on a proposal from the European Commission, have reached an agreement on the EU budget for 2023. The agreement is for commitments of €186.6 billion, and payments of €168.7 billion. Once adopted, the […]

Commission proposes new Euro 7 standards to reduce pollutant emissions from vehicles and improve air quality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presented a proposal to reduce air pollution from new motor vehicles sold in the EU to meet the European Green Deal’s zero-pollution ambition, while keeping vehicles affordable for consumers and promoting Europe’s competitiveness.   Road transport is the largest source of […]

The Pact for Skills expands to 1,000 members as it marks its second anniversary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Two years after its launch, the Pact for Skills celebrates an important milestone as its membership grows to 1,000 members, including large multinational companies, SMEs, local training providers, and chambers of commerce. The Pact is a central element of the European Skills Agenda. This […]

Health Inequities: Can we delay anymore?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anika Tabassum Totini, a student of Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Here’s how natural disasters impact middle-class incomes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Regina Pleninger, Economist, World Bank Natural disasters have short- and long-term effects on the economy as well as people’s lives. For example, weather shocks and the resulting macroeconomic fluctuations cost the economy 0.3% of permanent consumption in New […]

Commission acts to promote transparency in the short-term rental sector to the benefit of all players

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation to enhance transparency in the field of short-term accommodation rentals and help public authorities ensure their balanced development as part of a sustainable tourism sector. While short-term accommodation bookings offer benefits for hosts and tourists, […]

COP27: 5 things to be hopeful about the climate summit and beyond

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content World leaders have another chance to make progress on taking concrete steps to tackle global warming at COP27 in Egypt this November. It is the United Nations’ largest and most important annual […]