Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as […]

New EU-UK agreement is welcome but thorough scrutiny remains, insist lead MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Foreign Affairs and Trade MEPs welcome the new EU-UK agreement as a good deal but demand proper parliamentary scrutiny powers and thorough access to information. On Thursday morning, members on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committees held a first joint meeting on the […]

It is impossible to end HIV without SRHR

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmet Kayhan KORKUSUZ, a first-year medical student at Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. 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 […]

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Refinitiv by London Stock Exchange Group, 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 acquisition of Refinitiv by the London Stock Exchange Group (‘LSEG’). The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by LSEG. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lack of transparency has recently fuelled uncertainty and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccination in Europe, say MEPs. On Tuesday, members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety quizzed Sandra Gallina, the EU’s lead negotiator on COVID-19 vaccine contracts, on the latest developments […]

COVID-19 a year later: What have we learned?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research, IBM In the year since COVID-19 emerged, the world has seen 85 million cases of the disease and counting. The pandemic showed the power of collaboration to create solutions quickly. Such collaborations […]

Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions. The aim of this new pilot action, which builds on […]

This company is combining video calls with pop-up clinics to help more people get the care they need

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content The use of telemedicine has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Start-up Carbon Health is working to make it accessible to underserved communities. Its founder says it has reduced costs by using technology […]

European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced today the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough […]

European Commission authorises second 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 developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality […]

Vaccine nationalism – and how it could affect us all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content The richest nations have secured billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while developing economies struggle to access supplies. Vaccine nationalism – where countries push to get first access – could slow the […]

Think you’re safe at home? Think again. 5 household demons to be mindful about

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare With more than half of working adults experiencing anxiety relating to their jobs and home-working patterns, Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director at Aster DM Healthcare, identifies five specific dangers of […]

What is a CSO and does every company need one?

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 Chief Sustainability Officer drives the sustainability strategy of an organization, championing and monitoring its efforts. 76% of people expect companies, rather than governments, to lead the way on climate change. While 46% […]

7 lessons leaders should take from the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amal Amin, Associate Professor, National Research Center; Founder and Chair, Women in Science Without Borders The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink humanity’s future. From better decision-making to the need for international cooperation, here are seven things we […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.25 billion German measure to recapitalise TUI

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute up to €1.25 billion to the recapitalisation of TUI AG (TUI), the parent company of the TUI Group, as part of a wider support package. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. […]

How teaching ‘future resilient’ skills can help workers adapt to automation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education and Labor, New America Automation will create jobs but puts some occupations at risk, especially those involving routine or a low skill level; A faster, more affordable pathway to upskilling […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 4 January

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 This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: […]

The US is building a bike trail that runs coast-to-coast across 12 states

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 The Great American Rail-Trail will be almost 6,000km when complete, and will serve 50 million people within 80km of the route. Trails have proved invaluable for recreation and transport during lockdown. Cycling and […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU allocates additional €3.5 million to support vulnerable refugees and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today an additional €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a humanitarian disaster. More than 1,700 refugees and migrants remain without appropriate shelter and support in Una Sana canton. After […]

Q&A: EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What are the benefits of the CAI for the EU? It will significantly improve the market access conditions for EU companies in China, in terms of predictability and new market openings; it will help to rebalance the current asymmetry in our respective market openness; […]

Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The cumulative EU foreign direct investment (FDI) flows from the EU to China over the last 20 years have reached more than €140 billion. For Chinese FDI into the EU the figure is almost €120 billion. EU FDI in China remains relatively modest with […]

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (represented by President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen held a leaders’ meeting with China (represented by President Xi Jinping) via videoconference on 30 December 2020. The European Union (represented by […]

The journey begins – 2021 is the European Year of Rail!

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Friday, 1 January 2021, marks the beginning of the European Year of Rail. The European Commission initiative will highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. A variety of activities will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 […]

Confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine grows in UK and US, but global concerns about side effects are on the rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Opinion Editor, World Economic Forum The latest World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey on vaccine confidence shows that strong intent to get a COVID-19 vaccine has risen in the UK and the US, two countries where vaccines have […]

State aid: Commission approves €73 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found €73.02 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at compensating the airline for the damages suffered on 19 routes due to the coronavirus outbreak between 16 June and 31 […]

This is why we should test everyone for COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Reda Cherif, Senior Economist, IMF & Fuad Hasanov, Senior Economist, IMF The potential benefits of a universal testing programme far outweigh any downsides. The barriers – such as a lack of expert consensus and the costs involved – […]

European Parliament to scrutinise deal on future EU-UK relations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Provisional implementation is to remain a unique exception, said EP leaders. Parliamentary oversight will start soon to adopt the EP position before the end of the provisional application. On Monday 28 December, the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament and President […]

The start-up that believes seaweed can change the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karen Scofield Seal, CEO and Co-Founder, Oceanium Sustainably farmed seaweed could help meet growing demand for plant-based food and environmentally friendly packaging; UK-based start-up Oceanium has developed “green and clean” technology that can turn seaweed into both a […]

The role of medical students in promoting women’s rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Taliya Firdaus, a 2nd year medical student at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, India. 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 […]

Can we crack the hydrogen puzzle this time around?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tony Pan, Chief Executive Officer, Modern Electron Hydrogen is back on the agenda as a potential decarbonization solution – but several fundamental challenges remain to be solved. These are the same barriers that stymied the last hydrogen hype […]

Brexit: the Commission proposes the creation of a Brexit Adjustment Reserve

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a Brexit Adjustment Reserve, as agreed by the European Council in July, to help counter the adverse economic and social consequences – at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 – in […]

This is the online course 2020 needed

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 COVID-19 and economic recession are fuelling anxieties at home, work and school. Helping teachers and students to identify and manage their emotions has never been more important. Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: the role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Veda Pratyusha, a medical student from India. 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 reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]