President Metsola thanks Secretary-General Klaus Welle for his dedication to EP

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Bureau has decided today to accept the request of European Parliament Secretary-General, Mr Klaus Welle, to hand over his function, after nearly 14 years in office, on 1 January 2023. “I want to thank Secretary-General Klaus Welle for his dedication to the European […]

Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy – The Key to Conquering Covid

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Krish Keswani, currently a second year student at the GMERS Medical College, Gotri in Vadodara, India. 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 to the writers and do […]

How digital tech can turbo-charge the social economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President & President, National Transformation Partnerships, Microsoft & François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Head, Social Innovation, World Economic Forum Digital strategies are key to scaling innovative social enterprises towards sustainable development […]

Ukraine: The Commission proposes rules on freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs violating restrictive measures and of criminals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures. […]

Climate change: MEPs push for accelerated EU action and energy independence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopt their position on key EU draft laws to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030 and to protect jobs and citizens. On Tuesday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted five […]

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has posed new challenges, just as the Union had recovered from the economic impacts of the pandemic. By exerting further […]

Cybersecurity of 5G networks: EU publishes report on the security of Open RAN

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, published a report on the cybersecurity of Open RAN. This new type of 5G network architecture will in the coming years provide an alternative way of […]

17 ways technology could change the world by 2027

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from […]

The power of data: how Helsinki is improving citizens’ lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. By securely taking advantage of the power of data, authorities are helping residents in Finland’s capital city access the services they need. This new approach separates the storage, anonymization and processing of data from all the tasks performed by […]

Ukraine’s economy will shrink by almost half this year, says World Bank

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 World Bank: Ukraine economy to contract by 45% in 2022 due to Russian invasion. Sanctions on Russia have forced its economy into a deep recession. Emerging economies in Europe and Central Asia […]

Bold use of green tech can foster a new era of sustainable growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philip Meissner, Professor ESCP Business School, Founder & Director European Center for Digital Competitiveness Decarbonizing green technologies can reconcile economic progress with the production limits of our planet. New green tech, from vertical farming to 3D printing and […]

Green Deal: EU announces €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important […]

Coronavirus: EU job-search aid worth €4m for 473 dismissed workers in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. 473 employees in France who lost their jobs following a drop in sales of vending machine products because of the COVID-19 pandemic should receive €4 million in EU aid. On Wednesday, the Committee on Budgets approved France’s request for support from the European Globalisation […]

Winds, winter drought and wildfires: Everything to know about the environment this week

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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days. Top stories: Madagascar hit by Cyclone Emnati; Portugal may limit irrigation amid winter drought; animals flee […]

4 things you need to know about the metaverse this week

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 This regular roundup brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the development of the metaverse. Below you’ll find insights and opinions on how this emerging technology could transform […]

Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains. Companies play a key role in building a sustainable economy and society. They will […]

How cancer affects disadvantaged groups in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content The risk of dying from cancer in the US has fallen, but there is a disparity in health outcomes. This is caused by socioeconomic disadvantage and persistent structural racism, the American Cancer […]

Space: EU initiates a satellite-based connectivity system and boosts action on management of space traffic for a more digital and resilient Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU is acting on its space ambitions by tabling two initiatives – a proposal for a Regulation on a space-based secure connectivity and a Joint Communication on an EU approach on Space Traffic Management (STM). Space technology is essential for facilitating our […]

Special Economic Zones: How one city helped propel its country’s economic development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richie Santosdiaz, Executive Economic Development Advisor, The Corporate Group Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have been established to liberalize economic regulation in a country and promote economic development. Schenzen’s SEZ in China is a success story and the country, […]

The key to designing sustainable data cooperatives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sameer Mehta, Assistant Professor, Erasmus University, Milind Dawande, Mike Redeker, Distinguished Professor, University of Dallas at Texas, Liying Mu, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware. As an organizational form, data cooperatives empower individuals by giving them control over the […]

5 circular economy business models that offer a competitive advantage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrik Hvid Jensen, Chief Technology Strategist NEE, DXC Technology Concerns about climate change mean the transition to a circular economy is gathering pace. Strengthened by attractive business models, political support and societal pressure, the circular economy will become […]

Future of Europe: Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Parliament and Commission are today releasing a joint Special Eurobarometer on the Future of Europe.   – Nine out of 10 young Europeans agree that tackling climate change can help improve their own health and well-being (91% of 15–24-year-old) while 87% of […]

Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU will be better prepared to manage future health crises by tackling shortages of medicines and medical devices more effectively. Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached with the Council last year on increasing the powers of the EU’s medicines regulator with 655 votes […]

Financial literacy: Commission and OECD-INFE publish joint framework to improve individuals’ financial skills

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the OECD International Network on Financial Education (OECD-INFE) have today published the joint EU/OECD-INFE financial competence framework for adults. This framework aims to improve individuals’ financial skills so that they can make sound decisions regarding their personal finances. It will […]

European Commission authorises fifth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and […]

Commission welcomes agreement on EU Annual Budget 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Monday evening, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, on a proposal from the European Commission, have reached an informal political agreement on the EU budget for 2022, the second under the 2021-2027 EU multiannual financial framework. The agreement is […]

Frances Haugen to MEPs: EU digital rules can be a game changer for the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU’s future Digital Services Act can set the global standards in transparency, oversight and enforcement, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told MEPs. The Digital Services Act (DSA) has the potential to be a “global gold standard” and inspire other countries to “pursue new rules […]

Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe’s people and businesses. The Communication includes a “toolbox” that the EU and its Member States […]

EU-Ukraine Summit: Moving Forward Together

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the 23rd EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President, Charles […]

International Day of Democracy: Joint statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Vice-President Dubravka Šuica

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Whether you care about climate change, jobs, the economy, or racial and social justice, your voice will only be heard and your vote will only count if you live in a democracy. However, European citizens’ trust in democracy cannot and should not ever be […]

COVID-19 tests rely on bacteria discovered in a natural pool in the 1960s – and it’s not the only slice of nature essential to medicine

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 PCR tests for COVID-19 are only effective due to a bacteria discovered in the 1960s in Yellowstone National Park. The microbes can withstand temperature changes, holding chains of DNA stable while the […]

MEPs call for better protection of migrants from human rights violations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament criticises the European Commission and some EU countries for overusing informal agreements on the return and readmission of irregular migrants. On Wednesday, Parliament adopted a report by 358 votes in favour, 309 against, with 26 abstentions providing recommendations on human rights protection in […]

Why novels deserve a spot on your post-pandemic bookshelf

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Project Fellow, Scale360° and Senior Consultant at Kearney, World Economic Forum While business and self-help books remain popular among executives, they have limitations. Novels can help busy professionals see the world through a new lens – […]