Partnerships for Regional Innovation: 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected for Pilot Action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission announced the 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected in the pilot project for Partnerships for Regional Innovation, an initiative developed together with the Committee of the Regions. Participants in the pilot action are open to share good practices […]

Identifying barriers to mass immunisation against COVID-19 in Pakistan: A lower-middle-income vaccine-hesitant country

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Farah Waseem, a fourth-year medical student currently studying at the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD), Lahore, 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 […]

“Moldova belongs in the European Union” says President Maia Sandu

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called on EU countries to rally behind her country’s European aspirations. In her address to MEPs in Brussels, President Sandu outlined how Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine had echoes of Europe’s […]

Explainer: What is a yield curve and why does it matter right now?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content A key bond market signal – the US yield curve – is displaying warning signs. A yield curve is a visual representation of bond investors’ feelings about risk. 2-year US Treasury yields […]

GCC: EU unveils Strategic Partnership with the Gulf

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the High Representative and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication on a ‘Strategic Partnership with the Gulf’ with the aim to broaden and deepen the European Union (EU)’s cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its Member countries. High Representative/Vice-President, Josep […]

Millions of India’s smallholder farmers could soon access carbon credits — that’s good for them and the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dhruv Sawhney, COO and Business Head, nurture.farm Farming sustains half of India’s 1.4 billion population but is also a major contributor of greenhouse gases and pollution. Tech-fuelled initiatives are helping to sink and offset India’s sizeable carbon in […]

Vaccine hesitancy in COVID-19: how can we approach it with efficient communication strategies?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erick Enock Magese, a Tanzanian 4th year medical student at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences located in Mwanza, Tanzania. 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 […]

European Green Bond Standard: new measures to reduce green washing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs seek to better regulate the green bond market, improve its supervision, reduce greenwashing, and add clarity when money goes to gas or nuclear. On Monday, MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted their negotiation position on the Regulation on European green […]

How digitalization of industries can empower humanity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice-President; Head, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson 5G can play a pivotal role in transforming industries to be more flexible, productive and sustainable. But the digital evolution will also affect human work – […]

Investing in education could add $2.54 trillion to the global economy: ‘Playful learning’ is key

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair, Learning through Play, The LEGO Foundation When education was massively disrupted by COVID-19, many children were already facing disruption posed by climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To enable children to thrive, society […]

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports set for fast-track approval

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The International Trade Committee gave their green light on Monday for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy. MEPs in the International Trade Committee approved a proposal of the temporary trade liberalisation of Ukrainian products, […]

Digital Markets Act: EP committee endorses agreement with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Digital Markets Act sets obligations for large online platforms acting as “gatekeepers” and enables the Commission to sanction non-compliant behaviour. On Monday, Parliament’s Internal Market Committee endorsed the provisionally reached agreement with EU governments on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) with 43 votes […]

Commission proposes to further reinforce key rules for EU budget management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed targeted adjustments to the European Union’s financial rules, known as the Financial Regulation. The main objective of the proposal is to align existing rules with the current long-term budget 2021-2027, and make further improvements to the already existing very […]

The role of healthcare providers and academics in addressing vaccine hesitancy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Cyubahiro Karangwa Verite, and Ms. Uwase Sandrine, two medical students from the University of Rwanda, Rwanda. They 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 […]

Normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Burhansyah Azhar, a medical student from Indonesia at his 6th medical year in Kasr el Ainy Medical School, Cairo University, Egypt. 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 […]

How startups drive economic recovery while growing responsibly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Startups are crucial in bringing about societal change as well as driving economic recovery and responsible growth. Ahead of Davos 2022, we asked the CEOs of Global Innovators and Technology Pioneers […]

Feel the metaverse with your bare hands – using ultrasonic waves

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 Emerge, a Californian tech start-up, says it is bringing physical touch to the metaverse. Virtual handshakes and objects will feel like real tactile experiences. Ultrasonic waves help create the sensation of touch. […]

Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs are in favour of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Wednesday, with 46 votes in favour, 40 against […]

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. In the past ten years, digital technologies and the way children […]

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. With 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported worldwide in 2021 alone, and many more going unreported, child sexual abuse is pervasive. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Africa’s motorbike taxis are going electric – saving money and cutting emissions

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 Rwandan electric motorcycle start-up Ampersand has just been named one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022. The e-motos produce 75% less lifecycle greenhouse emissions than petrol motorbikes, and are cheaper […]

How data, digital platforms and collaboration can create systemic resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Veronica Scotti, Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re Management Ltd Climate change, the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 show us how systemic risks need a coordinated global response. Data richness and digital platforms are vital tools in building […]

Coronavirus: €17.7 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support dismissed Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,580 former workers of Air France, who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with €17.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). The funding will help these people find new […]

COVID-19 has equipped us with a toolbox to tackle future pandemics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn Misinformation and misunderstanding have been rampant throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, causing unequal vaccine uptake and prolonging the outbreak. But two years of managing the virus has equipped us with the knowledge […]

Commission boosts Horizon Europe budget to support green, health and digital innovations and displaced researchers of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted the amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, increasing the budget by nearly €562 million to further support EU Missions towards innovative solutions to green, health and digital challenges and more actions to boost the European innovation ecosystem. […]

AI Procurement in a Box: Lessons in best practice from Brazil

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clara Clemente Langevin, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Brazil, Rafael Fassio, C4IR Brazil Fellow AI/ML and State Attorney, São Paulo State Government, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Brazil & […]

How can development agencies learn to thrive in a multi-crisis world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Patricia Danzi, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) The current world situation presents overwhelming challenges for development agencies. State and non-state actors must work together to achieve the SDGs. Humanitarian organizations must cultivate partnerships and agility […]

Could electrofuels help power a greener future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content Transportation is responsible for around 20% of global CO2 emissions. Electrofuels are being seen as a way of helping to decarbonize aviation and shipping. This new type of fuel is carbon neutral […]

Ukrainians with disabilities are being left behind. It’s time for concerted humanitarian action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bincheng Mao, Global Shaper, New York Hub People with disabilities in Ukraine are not being fully served by current humanitarian structures. Inclusion and accessibility must be more thoroughly integrated into crisis response plans. The international community should support […]

What are microgrids – and how can they help with power cuts?

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 Microgrids can power whole communities or single sites like hospitals, bus stations and military bases. Most generate their own power using renewable energy like wind and solar. In power outages when the […]

Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents

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 Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents, if the world reaches net-zero emissions by 2050, the IEA estimates. In advanced economies with bigger carbon footprints, people born in […]

Eurobarometer on the European Year of Youth: Young Europeans are increasingly engaged

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Commission published its Flash Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, conducted between 22 February and 4 March 2022. With the European Year of Youth in full swing, and at the end of the Conference on the future of Europe – where youth played […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to grant them access to essential health services. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 462 votes in favour, 19 against and 89 abstentions, MEPs strongly condemn the use […]