EU strengthens partnership with WHO to boost local manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are strengthening their partnership to improve equitable access to safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced today […]

Ukraine refugees: Operational guidelines to support Member States in applying the Temporary Protection Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in […]

Ukraine: EU coordinating emergency assistance and steps up humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the humanitarian situation in Ukraine worsens and neighbouring countries receive Ukrainians fleeing their country, the European Commission is working on all fronts to provide emergency assistance. EU humanitarian aid The Commission announces an additional €90 million for emergency aid programmes to help civilians […]

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 […]

Boost offshore renewable energy sources to meet climate targets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs set out recommendations on how to deploy offshore wind more quickly, in a report adopted on Wednesday. The report, voted on by MEPs in response to a European Commission communication, stresses that meeting the 2030 and 2050 targets requires faster deployment of offshore […]

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 […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Panel on Climate change, environment / Health delivers recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Citizens’ Panel on Climate change, environment and Health met for the third and final time on 7-9 January 2022. The College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw, Poland) hosted the work of the Panel, while its plenary meetings on Friday and Sunday were […]

At work for 60 years – is this what living longer means for our kids?

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 By 2050, up to half of today’s five-year-olds can expect to live for 100 years. This might mean that 60-year careers become standard, according to new research. Policies and institutions must change […]

Bullying, a leading cause to child and adolescent suicide

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Patience Machayi, also known as Paciencia Machai, an Angolan and currently a fourth year Medical student at Sumy State University in Ukraine. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Contribution of Future Health Care Professionals in Health Governance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laveeza Fatima, a 19 years old medical student at Allama Iqbal 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 writer and do not necessarily […]

Strategic Health Decision Making – Youth-led Initiatives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Kalyani, a final year Medical student from Kerala, India. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

What is Pfizer’s antiviral pill and can it cure COVID?

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 The EU has cleared Pfizer’s oral COVID pill for use to prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19. It’s just one of many COVID-19 treatments in development. Merck’s oral antiviral molnupiravir became the […]

State aid: Commission approves €71.4 million Portuguese measure to further compensate TAP Air Portugal for damages suffered due to coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €71.4 million Portuguese aid measure to further support TAP Air Portugal in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. TAP Air Portugal is a Portuguese flag carrier and, as the largest airline based […]

5 barriers to using recycled materials to boost the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mayuri Wijayasundara, Lecturer, Deakin University Recycled materials could be used across manufacturing to make production processes greener and more sustainable. Significant challenges remain in terms of gaining widespread buy-in from manufacturers to use of recycled materials instead of […]

3 lessons for financing forest conservation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School There is a shortfall in the annual expenditure required to preserve the planet’s biodiversity. Without private investment dollars, this deficit is likely to persist indefinitely. Analysing […]

Digital Markets Act: ending unfair practices of big online platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The draft law blacklists certain practices of large platforms and enables the Commission to carry out market investigations and sanction non-compliant behaviours. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted this morning by 42 votes in favour, two against and one abstention its position […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the defence sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 23 November 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections at the premises of a company active in the defence sector. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article […]

What play-to-earn gaming can tell us about the future of the digital economy – and the metaverse

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Brambilla Hall, Project Lead, Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum Geneva & Moritz Baier-Lentz, Partner, BITKRAFT Ventures Play-to-earn games could bring digital identity, assets, and ownership into players’ hands as the gaming industry is becoming decentralized. […]

New rules for fair minimum wages in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new draft EU law will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, in order to guarantee decent living standards for workers and their families. In a vote on Thursday, MEPs on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee backed laying […]

How fourth industrial revolution tech helped companies survive the COVID crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amogh Umbarkar, Vice-President, Digital Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, SAP, Nicola Serafin, Chief Operating & Technology Officer, De’ Longhi Spa & Francisco Betti, Head of Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing & Value Chains; ExCom Memb, World Economic Forum […]

MEPs debate high energy prices, rule of law, migration ahead of EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on European Council to tackle the energy price crisis and deal with rule-of-law offenders at its 21-22 October summit meeting. In a debate on Wednesday with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, representing the Slovenian […]

COP26, getting to net-zero: How clean electrification can be crowdsourced by digitalizing the grid

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amina Hamidi, Chief Technology Officer, Electrification, ABB & Philip New, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult As we head towards COP26, clean electrification would get us three-fourths of the way to net zero. Digitalization offers the chance to […]

The invisible pandemic: Mental health of youth in Bangladesh during Covid-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fariha Hoque Rimu, a meticulous and analytical Researcher who is a research associate. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

European Parliament calls for repeal of new Texas abortion restriction

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The government of the US state of Texas has to immediately revoke “Senate Bill 8”, a de facto ban on abortion, and ensure safe and free access to abortion services. Following a plenary debate, MEPs adopted on Thursday a resolution, by 381votes in favour, […]

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: reporting on developments and stepping up fight against migrant exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is today presenting a Report on Migration and Asylum. The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication […]

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day’. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for […]

How can young people change the world? Top tips from a youth activist

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 Melati Wijsen was just 12-years-old when she co-founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in Bali. She offers her tips for other young people hoping to drive change. Her generation has great potential to be […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: citizens in the spotlight

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first of four European Citizens’ Panels starts its work with a session in Strasbourg from Friday, 17 September to Sunday, 19 September 2021. The Panels lie at the heart of the Conference on the Future of Europe and will bring together 800 citizens […]

2021 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

STRENGTHENING THE SOUL OF OUR UNION Introduction Mr President,Honourable Members, Many are the people who feel their lives have been on pause while the world has been on fast forward. The speed of events and the enormity of the challenges are sometimes difficult to grasp. This has also been a time of soul-searching. From people […]

Fight against gender inequality in medicine: Brazilian women physians working at the frontline of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Leticia Borborema is a student in the second year of medicine in Brazil in the Centro Universitário Unifipmoc, 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 writer […]

What’s the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees of global warming?

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 The risks to our climate of a rise in global temperatures of 2C over pre-industrial levels could make life unbearable for millions of people. While limiting global warming to 1.5C could, for […]

The organization planting millions of trees in old coal mines

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 A nonprofit called Green Forests Work plants trees on land once used for coal mining. It wants to restore ecosystems and eradicate non-native species, while also generating local jobs. The organization has planted […]

How changemakers in Bangkok are popularising the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adithya B Kumar, Global Shaper, Bangkok Hub, Consultant, UNDP & Irvan Aditya Sutiono, Curator, Bangkok Hub, Venture Manager, Zipmex & Liepa Olsauskaite, Global Shaper, Bangkok Hub, Head of Brand Activation, Polymateria // EMF Circular Pioneer Cities tackling interconnected […]