European Commission raises €5 billion to fund Europe’s priorities in its first syndicated transaction of the year

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today raised €5 billion in its first syndicated transaction for 2023, via a tap of its 30-year bond due on 4 March 2053. The transaction was the first syndication under the EU’s unified funding approach that the Commission introduced as its […]

Harnessing Talent in Europe: a new boost for EU Regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Europe’s got talent. But talent needs to be nurtured, especially as the EU is going through important demographic transition. This is even more needed in regions that suffer from a shrinking labour force and a low share of persons with a tertiary education, and […]

4 pillars for using AI responsibly in a skill-based organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeroen Van Hautte, Co-Founder and CTO, TechWolf, Andreas De Neve, Co-Founder and CEO, TechWolf Jobs are changing too quickly for traditional workforce models to keep up. This has given rise to a new term, the ‘skill-based organization.’ Studies indicate […]

Russian energy imports to Europe are falling – here’s what that means for the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content When you switch on the light or turn up the heating, do you think about where the energy you’re using has come from? Until recently, many of us probably didn’t give it much […]

How Europe can reshape its cities to boost vibrancy, resilience and climate action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, Julia Okatz, Director Natural Resources, SYSTEMIQ Most people hold two assumptions about European cities. First, they naturally represent a vibrant way of life, world-renowned for their culture and relative safety. Second, they are […]

Air quality in Europe is improving, and the other climate change 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: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content 1. News in brief: Top climate change stories to read this week Air quality in Europe is improving, but it still poses high risks according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Exposure […]

LIFE Programme: €380 million for 168 new green projects all around Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has approved more than €380 million of funding for 168 new projects across Europe under the LIFE Programme for the environment and climate action. At the heart of the European Green Deal, LIFE projects can help the EU become climate-neutral by 2050 and reach climate, energy and environmental goals. They support biodiversity, nature restoration and a circular economy while contributing to the clean energy transition across the […]

European Pillar of Social Rights five years on: from principles to concrete action for a strong social Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU celebrates the fifth anniversary of the European Pillar of Social Rights, at the first European Employment & Social Rights Forum, taking stock of progress made, and looking ahead to what comes next. Five years have passed after the proclamation of the […]

Inflation in Europe: Could your morning coffee become a ‘luxury’?

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 Inflation is putting pressure on household budgets across the world. But how can you tell what the headline rate of price increases will mean for you? Headline inflation across the 19 countries […]

From ‘heropreneurship’ to activating changemakers: What is the future of social entrepreneurship in Europe?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kenny Clewett, Head of Venture Europe, Ashoka, Claire Davenport, Communications Manager, Ashoka Changemakers When we look at the rising generation of social entrepreneurs in Europe, we are observing a shift – entrepreneurs are focused less on solving problems […]

Europe is bolstering energy sector resilience. But cyber risk remains a major vulnerability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Akshay Joshi, Head of Industry and Partnerships, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum, Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum Russia’s war in Ukraine has created one of the most significant energy crises in Europe in recent memory. […]

Zero emission vehicles: first ‘Fit for 55′ deal will end the sale of new CO2 emitting cars in Europe by 2035

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached last night by the European Parliament and Council ensuring all new cars and vans registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, the new CO2 standards will also require average […]

Europe’s ‘green energy corridor’ plan: What you need to know about the global energy crisis this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roberto Bocca, Head of Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content 1. News in brief: Energy stories from around the world Ukrainians are facing […]

EU exports under Free Trade Agreements surpass €1 trillion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU trade deals mean increased exports, more stable economic relations and secure access to resources, a new report out today shows. EU exports to preferential partners for the first time surpassed €1 trillion in 2021, according to the Commission’s 2nd Annual Report on the […]

How commercial flights in Europe are edging closer to pre-pandemic levels

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 Flights in Europe are taking off again – though they’re not yet back to pre-pandemic levels, new data shows. Commercial flights – defined as flights carrying passengers, freight and mail – grew […]

Ukraine needs heavy armoury, Europe must be able to take the next step

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Addressing ‘Night of European Ideas’ in Berlin, President Metsola called for further support to Ukraine. “Tanks are needed. We must be able to take that next step.” Night of European Ideas, Berlin, 28th September 2022 – Speech by the President of the European Parliament […]

Sanna Marin: Europe needs strategic autonomy in energy, food, defence and technology

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg as part of the “This is Europe” debate series, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin said that Ukrainians have proven their bravery and endurance and they must win the war – there is no alternative. Europeans must therefore continue supplying […]

5 unexpected impacts of drought in Europe

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 Record-breaking droughts are being declared around the world. Europe has experienced prolonged hot weather and heatwaves, which have impacted lives and livelihoods. From nuclear power plants that can’t be cooled to unexploded […]

How energy efficiency can break Europe’s gas addiction

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer, Europe Operations, Schneider Electric The new REPowerEU plan tries to reconcile the need to reduce dependency on Russian gas with Europe’s climate targets. Yet more can be done to maximize […]

Going green could save Europe €1 trillion in fossil fuel costs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Modelling by think-tank Ember suggests the potential for decarbonizing Europe’s power system. It could be 95% by the middle of the next decade – at no extra cost – researchers found. The fossil […]

Commission sets out first analysis of the proposals stemming from the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Communication setting out how it can follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. After a year of deliberations, the Conference came to an end on 9 May 2022. In the closing […]

Commission welcomes Member States’ targets for a more social Europe by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At their meeting today, EU employment and social affairs ministers presented their national targets to deliver on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan by 2030. The Commission welcomes the Member States’ strong commitment to making Europe fair, inclusive and full of opportunities. […]

First-ever New European Bauhaus Festival starts today in Brussels and around Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Starting today and for the first time, the Commission is organising a Festival dedicated to the New European Bauhaus (NEB). Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest, and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime and at the Mont des Arts, and equally […]

EU budget 2023: Empowering Europe to continue shaping a changing world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an annual EU budget of €185.6 billion for 2023, to be complemented by an estimated €113.9 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The EU budget will continue to mobilise significant investments to boost Europe’s strategic autonomy, the ongoing economic recovery, […]

Junior Enterprises Europe Winter Conference 2023: how can students make a difference in Europe? 

This article was published in cooperation with our partner Junior Enterprises Europe. This year’s edition of the Junior Enterprises Europe  Winter Conference – the biggest  event of the European Network of Junior Enterprises – took place virtually due to the pandemic between the 2nd and the 5th of March and it gathered over 180 higher education […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises an additional €5 billion in support for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its first bond syndication of 2022, the European Commission has today raised a further €5 billion in NextGenerationEU funds on behalf of the EU in yet another successful deal. Due on 6 July 2051, the 30-year bond – executed as an increase to […]

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe’s future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s review also aims to make the insurance and reinsurance (i.e. […]

Europe’s hottest summer, climate change’s ‘existential threat’: What to know about the planet this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Europe sees hottest summer ever; US President Biden […]

How long until you retire? Across Europe, people’s working life is getting shorter

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 For the first time this century, the expected average duration of working life for Europeans has dropped. The pandemic is partly to blame, according to the European Commission. People are living longer […]

Coronavirus: EU supports Member States with transport of essential supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission continues to provide further financial support to six Member States through the Mobility Package of the Emergency Support Instrument amounting to over €14 million, for the transport of COVID-19 vaccination-related equipment and COVID-19 therapeutics. This comes on top of the €150 million […]

This is the most popular type of home in Europe right now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content Almost half the population of the European Union lives in apartments. Seven out of 10 people in EU member states own their house or flat. But across Europe and indeed the world, […]

Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed the planned activities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU with Prime Minister Janez Janša and Commission President von der Leyen. Prime Minister Janša recalled the various crises that the EU has experienced over the last few years, ranging […]

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 […]