Parliament updates the composition of its committees and subcommittees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs updated the number of members in Parliament’s 20 committees and 3 sub-committees, and the political groups determined who will sit in each committee. Following a plenary vote on the proposal by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (673 for, 17 against, 5 abstentions), […]

EU invests over €1 billion in innovative projects to decarbonise the economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is investing over €1.1 billion into seven large-scale innovative projects under the Innovation Fund. The grants will support projects aiming to bring breakthrough technologies to the market in energy-intensive industries, hydrogen, carbon capture, use and storage, and renewable energy. The projects […]

How a great plankton migration could pose a ‘serious threat’ to ocean ecosystems and the planet

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 Plankton are a source of food for marine life up to and including blue whales. They also absorb carbon through photosynthesis, so help to cool the planet. But a warming ocean is […]

U.S. President Biden, European Commission President von der Leyen and UK Prime minister Johnson announce Commitment to addressing climate crisis through infrastructure development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the June 2021 commitment of G7 Leaders to launch a values-driven, high-standard, and transparent infrastructure partnership to meet global infrastructure development needs, U.S. President Biden and European Commission President von der Leyen hosted a discussion on the margins of COP26 with UK […]

As the world gathers for COP26, here’s how leaders can dispel ESG confusion

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Colas, Partner; Vice-Chairman, Financial Services, Americas, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) The true litmus test of net-zero proposals at COP26 will be the degree to which the public and private sectors commit to agree on priorities and determine […]

Moldova: EU highlights the need for continued implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union has published a report on the Association Implementation of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement. The report is published ahead of the 6th EU-Moldova Association Council on 28 October. It concludes that, while the second half of 2020 saw Moldova […]

Sakharov Prize 2021: introducing the finalists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Afghan women, Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Áñez were shortlisted for the 2021 Sakharov Prize on Thursday. Following a joint vote by Members on the Foreign Affairs and Development committees on Thursday 14 October, the finalists for the […]

European Innovation Council announces new wave of start-up champions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s European Innovation Council has selected 65 innovative start-ups and SMEs to receive €363 million of funding for breakthrough innovations. Each company will receive a combination of grant financing and equity investment of up to €17 million to develop and scale up […]

4 ways media and entertainment could be more equitable and diverse

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hesham Zafar, Community Curator, Media, Entertainment, and Information Industries, World Economic Forum There are examples of media, entertainment and sports brands that are bringing their diversity commitments to life. Others can learn from their successes to implement their […]

Risks to kids online are growing. Here’s what we can do 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Farah Lalani, Community Lead, Global Coalition for Digital Safety, World Economic Forum Apple delayed its rollout of child safety features, and Instagram delayed Instagram for Kids. Facing accusations that its platforms harm children, Facebook says it will introduce […]

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 […]

Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019) warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU. Excessive nitrates in water are harmful to both human health and ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion […]

When corporations and social enterprises work together, they can change the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yasmina Zaidman, Chief Partnerships Officer, Acumen & Åsa Skogström Feldt, Manager, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, Inter IKEA Group & Saskia Bruysten, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Yunus Social Business There is an untapped opportunity for corporations and social enterprises […]

Urgent measures needed to protect victims of partner violence in custody battles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs say child custody disputes constitute a form of gender-based violence when used by violent partners to continue to harm their victims. In a report adopted on Wednesday with 510 votes in favour, 31 against and 141 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent measures to […]

Opening of plenary session: debate on Pandora Papers added

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vice-President Metsola opened the 4-7 October session in Strasbourg. Changes to the agenda The revised final draft agenda has been approved by the Conference of Presidents by written procedure. Wednesday Council and Commission statements on the Pandora Papers – implications on the efforts to […]

5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the role of leaders 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashok Krish, Global Head, Digital Workplace, TCS & Rashmi Bhaskar Mukherjee, Director, Experience Reimagination & Future of Work, Digital Workplace, TCS UKI The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s values and attitudes towards institutions in general, and towards employers […]

We must reform trade to build a sustainable, inclusive global recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum & José Viñals Group Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank Trade policy needs to evolve to meet growing global challenges. 29 CEOs and Chairpersons from five continents have called on world leaders to update […]

Sustainability metrics: why it’s time investors look in the mirror

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Keohane Williamson, Chief Executive Officer, FCLT Global Investors look for sustainability and non-traditional metrics from companies they invest in, but what if they held themselves accountable in the same way? Focusing the sustainability lens inward will allow […]

Here’s how companies could have prepared for the microchip shortage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Boguslavsky, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Tradeteq Billions have been wiped from balance sheets across the world as a result of the shortage of microchips. Some of the most sophisticated tech companies in the world failed to forsee […]

Managing third-party risks? Here’s how a holistic approach can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ali H. Asseri, Head, Cybersecurity Risk Management, Saudi Aramco, Mansur Abilkasimov, Director, Cybersecurity Governance, Schneider Electric, Dennis Frio, Managing Director, PwC, Filipe Beato Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum Supply chain attacks affect multiple global victims and […]

Why being humble is so important in the world of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Seckler, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Strategy, ESCP Business School Recent research shows that people who effectively learn from mistakes share one common characteristic: humility. Humble people see value in errors and the information that they provide for […]

What would it take to make AI ‘greener’?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Khatry, Managing Director, AI Ethics, DataRobot, Ted Kwartler, VP, Trusted AI, DataRobot, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Mark Caine Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and […]

Sakharov Prize 2021: Parliament to announce candidates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will be presented with the nominees for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a joint committee meeting on Monday afternoon. MEPs from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Subcommittee on Human Rights will meet to assess the nominees put […]

Common charger: a long-awaited proposal requested by Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over the last decade, Parliament has urged the Commission to table a proposal on a common charger to tackle e-waste and make life easier for consumers. The European Parliament and its Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee have been insisting on a common charger […]

This is how Singapore is preparing for the future of work

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 Ensuring workers have the skills they need for the jobs of the future is vital. Singapore has prioritized resources in education and lifelong learning to ensure workers have fullfilling careers. Collaboration between multiple […]

Stakeholder Capitalism: over 50 companies adopt ESG reporting metrics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. A coalition of over 50 companies have drawn from existing frameworks and co-created a comprehensive set of metrics that highlight the need for consistent ESG reporting. The impact. Global challenges amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic have made Environmental, Social […]

Make gender-based violence a crime under EU law, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for online and offline gender-based violence to be treated as a “particularly serious crime with a cross-border dimension”. On Thursday, MEPs adopted by 427 votes in favour, 119 against, and 140 abstentions a legislative initiative demanding targeted legislation and policies to address […]

Poland: attacks on media freedom and the EU legal order need to stop

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Adding to a long list of concerns on the state of EU values in Poland, MEPs denounce the latest attempts to silence critical voices and undermine the primacy of EU law. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 502 votes in favour, 149 against, […]

EU and Indo-Pacific: natural partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative adopted a Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. The Joint Communication contains concrete actions to reinforce the strategic engagement with the region, as tasked by the Council on 19 April 2021. President […]

State aid: Commission approves €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, French plans to set up a €3 billion fund that will invest through debt, hybrid and equity instruments in companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary […]

We need to bridge the education gap for refugees, says new UNHCR report 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR) From 2018 to 2020, almost a million children were born as refugees. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1.6 billion learners have been affected by the closure […]

COVID-19: did we prepare for another storm while dust was settling? A tale from world’s largest democracy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aakriti Chopra, a student of MBBS 3rd year, studying at Medical College Baroda, Gujarat, Indiaf 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 topic, nor […]

How blended finance helped to keep energy supplies flowing during COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Bieber, Head of Energy Partnerships, Acumen COVID-19 has put energy access at risk in many vulnerable communities. In moments o f crisis, using the right type of capital to address market failures is key. A blended finance […]