How businesses can realize the benefits of the cloud

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ani Majumder, Partner, New York office, McKinsey & Company & Chhavi Arora, Associate Partner, Seattle office, McKinsey & Company & Stavroula Papadopoulou, Solution Leader, Zurich office, McKinsey & Company& Venky Anant, Partner, Silicon Valley office, McKinsey & Company […]

Health emergency preparedness and response authority (HERA): European Commission launches public consultation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 31 March, the Commission launched an online public consultation on the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). Part of the EU’s answer to the COVID-19 pandemic and a strong European Health Union, HERA aims to improve Europe’s capacity and readiness to respond […]

Global Recovery: The EU disburses SDR 141 Million to the IMF’s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today received the European Union (EU)’s contribution of SDR 141 million (equivalent to EUR 170 million or US$199 million) to the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), which provides grants for debt service relief to countries hit by catastrophic […]

What is the Internet of Things?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content From fitness trackers to smart heating systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) describes the growing network of internet-enabled devices. It’s also enabling smart cities and, in future, driverless cars. Along with other emerging […]

3 ways to make technologies more inclusive for people with disabilities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ching-Shiuan Jiang, Community Specialist , International Organisations and Humanitarian Agenda AI can help describe surroundings for people who are visually impaired. From colour contrast, to screen reader facilities, inclusive user interfaces are key to mobile-enabled services. The market […]

Protecting the ocean is key to fighting climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society Currently, about 7% of the ocean is protected and CO2 emissions from bottom trawlers are akin to global aviation industry. New study reveals that to preserve marine life, increase food supplies and […]

Ambassador Zhang Ming’s speech at the European Policy Centre: China’s balanced counterargument to EU’s critics?

China’s Ambassador to the EU Mr. Zhang Ming was interviewed yesterday through Zoom by Ms. Shada Islam at the European Policy Centre on a comprehensive interview on pretty much everything, from Xinjiang and Hong Kong to the 14th Five-Year Plan, Climate Change, CAI, Two Sessions, 17+1 and COVID-19 vaccination. On Xinjiang One day before the […]

International Women’s Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for gender equality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Commission published its 2021 report on gender equality in the EU, that shows the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women. The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities between women and men in almost all areas of life, […]

New EU energy labels applicable from 1 March 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from Monday, 1 March 2021. The new labels will initially apply to four product […]

This brand is recycling underwear – here’s why

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 A US clothing company is encouraging customers to return underwear they’ve bought from the firm instead of throwing it away. Around 5 million kilogrammes of underwear a day ends up in landfill […]

Commission opens infringement procedures against 24 Member States for not transposing new EU telecom rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission opened infringement procedures against 24 Member States for failing to enact new EU telecom rules. The European Electronic Communications Code modernises the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, to enhance consumers’ choices and rights, for example by ensuring clearer contracts, quality of […]

Ending HIV: The contribution of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. George Vaiopoulos, a 21 years old fourth-year medical student at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do […]

Glass ceiling being broken into pieces

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Talyta Thibes Tecilla and Ms. Bruna Braga Kapusta, two 21 year old medical students in the 8th period of medicine at Unicesumar, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

EU Cohesion policy: Commission and EBRD promote innovative use of data in public procurement involving EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to improve the quality and transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Thanks to their support, two pilot projects will […]

Mergers: Commission approves Worldline’s acquisition of Ingenico, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Ingenico by Worldline, both active in the payment services sector. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by the parties. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s services have published the 2020 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review dedicated to the theme of social fairness and solidarity. The review provides evidence-based analysis on how to achieve greater fairness across the EU in the […]

3 reasons why responsibly-deployed technology is key to the COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Hickin, Strategy & Impact Lead, World Economic Forum Rapid technology developments during COVID have saved lives and kept economies going. Newly created solutions, created quickly and without the proper governance, could exacerbate inequality during the recovery. As […]

Here’s how to cope with stress, according to the World Health Organization

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 pandemic has created an unusually stressful environment for a large number of people. The World Health Organization has created an illustrated guide to managing stress, including audio exercises. Around the […]

Coronavirus is creating retirement insecurity. These 10 steps can diffuse the timebomb of an ageing population

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andre Belelieu, Head of Insurance and Asset Management, World Economic Forum & Yvonne Sonsino, Partner MCG, Mercer (MMC) To redesign a retirement that builds the necessary financial resilience for longer lives, the World Economic Forum and Mercer have […]

Providing mental health during pandemic times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebeca Feitosa Dória Alves, a second year medical student at Universidade Tiradentes in Aracaju-SE (Brazil). She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do […]

Powering through the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebecca Bugeja, a 3rd-year medical student currently enrolled in the University of Malta. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Commission launches the Fit for Future Platform and invites experts to join

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today launched the Fit for Future Platform – a high-level expert group, which will help the Commission simplify existing EU laws and reduce administrative burden for citizens and businesses. It will also help ensure that EU legislation remains future-proof, given […]

Protector or polluter? The impact of COVID-19 on the movement to end plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva Plastics play a key role in protecting people, especially frontline workers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Informal waste pickers are particularly vulnerable to […]

Here’s what COVID-19 teaches us about ‘social learning’ and the environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madhur Anand, Associate Professor, University of Guelph – The dire social and economic impact of COVID-19 could worsen environmental destruction in the long run. – But the pandemic is also teaching us how to use individual choices to […]

Quashing myths on 2019-nCoV for better public management

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Frederick Putra Wijaya, a fourth year medical student from Indonesia. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

How companies can build resilience against pandemics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Blyth, Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC Holdings Plc No company is immune to the disruption caused by COVID-19. Companies can plan for interruptions by mapping suppliers and buyers. They should diversify their supply chain […]

How a chocolate bar gives hope for a new economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) As the world seems to wake-up to new challenges on a daily basis – from devastating wildfires in Australia, to the unpredictable global spread of a new coronavirus – it […]

Could Europe become the first climate-neutral continent?

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 Europe plans to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The measures include tougher emissions targets, increased support for biodiversity, and a revision of EU farming subsidies. European Commission called it Europe’s […]

A new leadership agenda for private equity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tawfik Hammoud, Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, Principal Investors & Private Equity Practice, Boston Consulting Group Private equity could grow by five times over the next decade. Big firms will get bigger and smaller firms will […]

Universal Health Care: can it exist only in utopic society?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mohammad Jamal Alsaqqaf, a 3rd year medical student from the Hadhramout University, Yemen. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

B-I-R-D: 4 digital technologies that can help supply chains take flight

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tarek Sultan Al Essa, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Agility The number of potentially disruptive technologies in logistics is daunting. This makes it difficult for supply chain businesses to know where to look. Blockchain, IoT, […]

Mental health in primary care: a unique therapeutic project

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Kristen Guilarducci Laureano, a second-year medical student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Antimicrobial resistance: how can an intersectoral approach between society and healthcare professionals be developed and applied?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms Fernanda Melo Gadelha Sarmento, a student from the fourth period of Medicine of the State University of Rio Grande do Norte-UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]