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 […]

Make it easier for 11 million EU citizens to participate in European elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted a series of proposals to reinforce the right of mobile EU citizens to vote and stand in European elections in the EU country in which they reside. The Constitutional Affairs Committee adopted its draft proposals to make European elections “more accessible, more […]

COP15: the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States call for an ambitious global agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP15 meeting in Montréal, from 7 to 19 December the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) will support the adoption of an ambitious, comprehensive and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework to halt […]

How Web3’s ‘programmable commerce layer’ will transform the global economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Banon, Co-Founder, Boson Protocol, Jason Potts, Professor of Economics, RMIT University, Sinclair Davidson The world economy is in the early stages of a profound transition from an industrial to a digital economy. The industrial revolution began in […]

Decarbonizing real estate: How to price the net zero transition to avoid a ‘carbon bubble’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kalin Bracken, Lead, Real Estate, World Economic Forum Real estate is the largest asset class in the world and it’s also one of the most significant contributors to global carbon emissions. As recognition of the existential threat of […]

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 […]

Digital skills: How businesses and policymakers can respond to future demand in the labour market

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sander van ‘t Noordende, CEO, Randstad Group, Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD Digital technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and cloud computing are fundamentally reshaping the world of work. The […]

InvestEU: European Commission and Council of Europe Development Bank sign agreement to mobilise €500 million in financing for social investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) have signed an InvestEU guarantee agreement worth up to €159 million. This makes the CEB an InvestEU implementing partner and will mobilise around €500 million in additional loans for social projects. It represents […]

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 […]

Global Healthcare Disparities: What can we do to reduce them?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Miss Tashfeen Nasira, a third-year medical student currently studying at Amna Inayat Medical College, Pakistan. 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 […]

3 ways business can take action in the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC, Antonia Gawel, Head, Climate; Deputy Head, Centre for Nature & Climate Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum As the impacts of climate change hit harder, a new realism is dawning about […]

Finance pivots from risks to the opportunities of energy transition and decarbonization at COP27

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Huw van Steenis, Vice-Chair, Oliver Wyman The mood at COP27 was subdued. The Ukrainian war, the energy crisis, rampant inflation, summer droughts and the sharp increase in the costs of capital for projects all weighed on investors’ and […]

Social Trajectory: a Fundamental Perspective for Health Treatment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Júlia Demuner, a medical student at Universidade Vila Velha, Brazil. 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 on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Medicine as a political act

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Caroline Andrioni, a twenty-one-year-old woman and a fifth-year medical student at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, in the interior of Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

We must invent our way out of climate change — to do that, partnerships are essential

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Solomon Assefa, Vice President, IBM Research Global summits like COP27 are crucial to getting the world on the same page, driving progress toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. This year, there will be many discussions about funding energy […]

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 […]

Tackling Health Inequities: Together we can be the change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beth Elinor Stinchcombe, a third-year medical student from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. 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 […]

Why the Agricultural Sector Roadmap to 1.5°C is encouraging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Petra Tanos, Head, Strategic Partnerships, Tropical Forest Alliance, Jack Hurd, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum COP27 is described as the implementation COP. This means following up on pledges made in […]

European Green Deal: EU agrees to increase carbon removals through land use, forestry and agriculture

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the provisional deal on the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) regulation reached late last night with the European Parliament and Council to increase the EU’s target for net carbon removals by natural sinks to 310 million tonnes […]

Biodiversity: Stronger measures against wildlife trafficking

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted a revised EU Action Plan to put an end to illegal wildlife trade, as announced in the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The lucrative global black market in illegal wildlife trade contributes to the depletion or extinction of entire species and […]

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, […]

Small-scale farmers feed the planet. They should not be overlooked in our fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alvaro Lario, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Small-scale farmers feed two out of every three people on the planet, but they are struggling with climate change, inflation and other external shocks. COP27 is an opportunity to […]

Bend It Like Scholz: Can Germany show the way to heal the EU-China relations?

That the EU-China relations have been facing challenges is not news. Lately we have been witnessing a change of course in the EU’s stance towards its biggest trade partner. Just a couple of years ago the EU started this turmoil by calling China “systemic rival” while the European Parliament froze the Comprehensive Investment Agreement (CAI). […]

How green services can enable circular economy in cities worldwide

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dimitris Karamitsos, Senior Energy Efficiency Business Developer Specialist, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE), Carla Della Maggiora, Senior Climate Change and Environmental Finance Specialist, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE), Shefali Rai, Project Specialist, C4IR India, Hugo Manticello, […]

Transport MEPs back EU road transport agreements with Ukraine and Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Transport and Tourism Committee approved two separate agreements with Ukraine and Moldova to make the cross-border transport of goods easier. The new EU road transport agreements with Ukraine and Moldova would replace existing bilateral transport agreements with EU countries and temporarily facilitate road […]

Border management: EU signs agreement with North Macedonia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and North Macedonia signed an agreement on operational cooperation in border management with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovačevski […]

The issue of mental health and suicide prevention

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Umair Gondal, a Pakistani undergraduate foreign medical student,now in Second Year at International School of Medicine – International University of Kyrgyzstan. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Make crucial traffic data available digitally, Transport Committee says

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Data on speed limits, roadworks or accidents should be available in digital format, to ensure road users are safer and better informed. On Wednesday, Transport Committee MEPs voted on new intelligent road transport systems rules to boost digitalisation in the transport sector, to better […]

A third of children have adult social media accounts, UK regulator finds: How can we improve child safety online?

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 “How old is your child online?” It’s a question asked of parents by the UK communications regulator Ofcom as it highlights the potential risks to children with adult social media profiles. A […]

3 ways CEOs can take sustainability programmes to the next level

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carsten Linz, CEO and Founder, Bluegain, Igor Rikalo, President, Chief Operating Officer, o9 Solutions We are entering a post-greenwashing era with the necessary shift from talking and measuring to acting for serious impact. In response, many firms have […]

Ways to Prevent Suicide: the Role of Governments & Youths

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tala Nasser, a medical student at Saint Joseph University, Lebanon. 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 on […]