EU invests in green projects and bans single-use plastics while climate change requires more to be done

It was last Thursday when the European Commission approved a 243 million euros package for LIFE programme projects which will improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions. This action enhances the EU climate position ahead of the COP24 in December and may have substantial influence to the rest of the parties. Apart from that, the […]

European Commission requests that Italy presents a revised draft budgetary plan for 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has identified in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018. In line with the relevant rules, the Commission has adopted an […]

EU tells Britain stay in as long as you wish

This newspaper has repeatedly asserted there will be no real Brexit, at least in the foreseeable future. Last week, the European Council in Brussels confirmed this. The President of the Council, Donald Tusk, made it clear. He plainly said Britain can remain as a full EU member after the Brexit day of 29 March 2019, […]

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for decisive action on security priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is reporting on the progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, calling on the European Parliament and the Council to finalise their work on priority security initiatives as a matter of urgency. To maintain the positive momentum set […]

Fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks of deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Based on scientific advice, these new measures will enable stocks to gradually rebuild to […]

Italy’s populist government appears determined to drive EU economy and markets into recession

The Italian budget plan has recently created turbulences and serious concerns in the EU economy as the third largest economy of the bloc cuts growth forecasts and increases spending. The European Commission together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have urged the Italian government to restate its budget and comply with the EU fiscal rules […]

Window for a Brexit deal: Brussels to think again May’s proposal

This is the first time the British Prime Minister Theresa May can tell mainland Europeans, she can guarantee her Tory conservative Party won’t topple her over her Brexit proposal. The reason is that, last week, she marked a triumph at the annual conference of the governing Party at Birmingham. Obviously, the burning subject of the […]

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published today will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada. The European Commission has today put forward a […]

Trump aims trade offensive solely to China, renews truce with EU

US President Donald Trump’s thundering trade salvos now seem to be concentrating exclusively against China. This week’s cannonade though didn’t remain unanswered. On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said “China will inevitably take countermeasures to resolutely protect our legitimate rights”. On Friday 7 September, the ‘America first’ ex TV celebrity aboard ‘Air […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘End the Cage Age’. The stated objectives of the proposed Citizens’ Initiative are to end “inhumane treatment of farm animals” kept in cages. The organisers are asking the Commission to […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Technology for all, development for all: the role of ITU”, written by the Secretary General of the United Nations Agency

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies-ICTs. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. The world is undergoing a technological transformation that promises to improve people’s lives on […]

Drought in Europe: Commission presents additional measures to support farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In light of the difficulties faced by European farmers affected by drought this summer, the European Commission continues acting to provide practical support to the sector. Additional flexibility will be granted to help farmers provide sufficient feed to their animals. The European Commission presented […]

Skeptic France about Trump-Juncker trade deal favoring German cars; EU’s unity in peril

The Trump-Juncker trade truce and pledge for ‘zero tariffs’ seems to have left everybody happy, especially Berlin, but the French said don’t uncork ‘les champagnes’, at least not yet. In detail, last Wednesday, the American President Donald Trump and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met in the White House and struck an agreement about […]

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country. This […]

Juncker Plan exceeds original €315 billion investment target

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has mobilised €335 billion in additional investment across the EU since July 2015. The Juncker Plan has made a clear impact on the EU economy and revolutionised the way innovation is financed in Europe.       […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Google must now bring the conduct effectively […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe needs decisive progress for stronger cybersecurity”, EU Commissioner Gabriel highlights from Brussels

This cutting-edge article on Cybersecurity was exclusively written for The Sting by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Ms Mariya Gabriel. The opinions expressed hereby belong to our distinguished writer. Cybersecurity remains one of the biggest policy challenges in the digital area. It has become a cross-cutting issue that not only concerns the […]

Rule of Law: Commission launches infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched an infringement procedure by sending a Letter of Formal Notice to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. On 3 July, 27 out of 72 Supreme Court judges face the risk of being forced to retire […]

Migration: Commission steps up emergency assistance to Spain and Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has awarded an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece respond to the migratory challenges they face. In view of increased arrivals, Spain will receive €25.6 million to improve the reception capacity for arrivals at its southern […]

European Commission and four online marketplaces sign a Product Safety Pledge to remove dangerous products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten – France have signed a commitment for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces . Thanks to a dialogue facilitated by the European Commission, four major online companies have […]

A Sting Exclusive live from Brussels: Solheim’s consequential visit leading the world and the UN

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by the Head of UN Environment at the end of his impactful visit in Brussels which was concluded earlier today. The opinions belong to the distinguished writer and global UN leader.  “In Europe we see the kind of vision, innovation and partnerships that will drive progress for […]

Greece leaves EU aid program, gets last 15 billion euro

This story is brought to you in association with the European Council – Eurogroup Completion of the fourth and final review and growth strategy The Eurogroup commends the Greek authorities for the completion of all the agreed prior actions of the final review of the ESM programme. We congratulate the Greek authorities and Greek people […]

EU adopts retaliative measures in response to US steel and aluminum tariffs

This story is brought to you in association with the European Commission This is a European Commission release Brussels, 20 June 2018 The European Commission adopted today the regulation putting in place the EU’s rebalancing measures in response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. The measures will immediately target a list of products […]

EU adopts rebalancing measures in reaction to US steel and aluminium tariffs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today the regulation putting in place the EU’s rebalancing measures in response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. The measures will immediately target a list of products worth €2.8 billion and will come into effect on Friday 22 […]

EU budget: Commission proposes major funding increase for stronger borders and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion, as compared to €13 billion in the previous period. The Commission’s proposal is a response to increased migratory, mobility and security challenges, […]

EU budget: Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities for a safer and more prosperous EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing measures to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient. Continued funding of these programmes will help the EU to progress inoffering businesses unfettered and easy access to the […]

EU Budget: InvestEU Programme to support jobs, growth and innovation in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to create the InvestEU Programme, bringing EU budget financing in the form of loans and guarantees under one roof. InvestEU will bring together the multitude of financial programmes currently available and expand the successful […]

Pollinating insects: Commission proposes actions to stop their decline

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species is declining. This is why today the Commission is proposing the first-ever EU initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. The new measures […]

EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action. The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the […]

EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to create a Reform Support Programme and a European Investment Stabilisation Function. Both proposals are part of the broader agenda to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union and make use of the EU budget […]