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 […]

Can you eat to save the climate?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chiara Cecchini, Global Shaper, Sunyani Hub, Future Food Institute There’s a growing interest in climate-friendly foods, but consumers find it hard to know if the food choices they make are environmentally sustainable; From ready-made snacks to algae, cacti […]

How to build long-term resilience in vulnerable communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Flora Rosenow, Communications Lead ad interim, COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, C-Change The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to recognise the plight of migrant workers in India. The Migrants Resilience Collaborative, the largest such initiative in […]

From raised fists at the 1968 Olympics to taking the knee: A history of racial justice protests in sport

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 Athletes have been given more freedom to express themselves at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Two Black athletes were expelled from the 1968 Games after protesting against racial and social injustice on the […]

Mental health: these songs are proven to reduce stress

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 Scientists say listening to music reduces stress and even pain. Last year, 57% of Americans said music helped their mental health, more than watching TV or doing exercise. Researchers have discovered the […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of GRAIL by Illumina

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of GRAIL by Illumina, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition and innovation in the emerging market for the development and commercialisation […]

Vaccinating the world: ‘Team Europe’ to share more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ensuring access to safe and affordable COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and notably for low and middle-income countries, is a priority for the European Union. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, President von der Leyen announced that ‘Team Europe’ […]

To solve big issues like climate change, we need to reframe our problems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, Author, “What’s Your Problem?” (HBR Press) & Jonathan Wichmann, Co-founder, Wichmann/Schmidt Reframing social and global problems could yield viable solutions to major issues such as climate change and gender inequality. Being able to identify patterns in […]

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering. This package […]

The feminisation of medicine and persistence of stereotypes

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Heloisa Maria Perez Santos, a third year medical student and Ms. Pietra Cavalhero Alves, a second year medical student at Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde de Barretos, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: greater say for regions and social partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Executive Board agreed to allocate more seats in the Conference Plenary to regional and local elected representatives, as well as to social partners. The sixth meeting of the Conference’s Executive Board was the first one during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council. […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into arbitration award in favour of Antin to be paid by Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation in order to assess whether an arbitration award, to be paid by Spain in favour of Antin as compensation for the foregone support following the modification of a renewable electricity support measure, is in line with […]

Kremlin politics: MEPs call for EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign Affairs Committee says the EU must push back against Russia’s aggressive policies while laying groundwork for cooperation with a future democratic country. In a new assessment of the direction of EU-Russia political relations, MEPs make clear the Parliament distinguishes between the Russian people […]

The historical performance of women in human health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eulália Santos Gomes, 23 years old, a 3rd-year medical student of the University Center of Valença in Valença, Rio de Janeiro, 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 […]

The pandemic has damaged youth employment: Here’s how we can help

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 Young people were left unemployed by the pandemic in far greater numbers than adults, with the effects being felt worse in lower income countries. Young women have tended to be more likely […]

Beyond representation: appreciation and recognition of women in medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Grace Ellen Pereira Costa, a first-year medical student at the Federal University of Pará, Altamira campus – 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 and […]

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EU support made a significant contribution to the welfare of Syrians and others fleeing conflict in the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Within the framework of the March 2016 EU-Turkey Statement, the European Union (EU), through the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, has mobilised €6 billion in assistance to refugees in Turkey. The strategic mid-term evaluation, presented today, concluded that this assistance made a significant contribution […]

Women in leadership: closing the gender gap in medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Camila Medranda, a third-year medical student at “Facultad Ciencias de la Salud Eugenio Espejo” of Equinoctial University of Technology (UTE), Quito, Ecuador. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.  Faster economic growth as economies […]

€6.1 billion to promote sustainable fisheries and safeguard fishing communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted the 2021-2027 fisheries and aquaculture fund to support the blue economy, protect biodiversity and promote international ocean governance. The new European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), adopted on Tuesday, encourages member states to invest in making the fisheries and aquaculture sectors […]

Transposing gender inequalities: the expenditure of achievements

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beatriz Camargo Gazzi and Ms. Evelin Leonara Dias da Silva, currently third year medical students at the Faculdade de Medicina de Taubaté (Taubaté / São Paulo, Brazil). They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

The automotive market is changing. Can China show us the future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, Partner, Arthur D. Little & Klaus Schmitz, Partner, Arthur D. Little The automotive sector is at a crossroads owing to changing customer behaviour and demand; A new study suggests the move away from petrol and diesel-fuelled […]

Enhancing EU’s disease prevention and control capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to better anticipate, prepare for and manage future health threats. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 67 votes in favour, […]

COVID-19: EU helps deliver vaccines to Kosovo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is helping Norway to deliver over 180,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Kosovo, following Kosovo’s request for assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75% of the costs for transporting the assistance. Commissioner for […]

Commission welcomes the adoption of €373 billion Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the political agreements on the Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027 of €373 billion and its signature by both co-legislators. This marks the final step of the legislative procedure and allows for an entry […]

A fight for equality: the female fight

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amália Brandão Piovesan and Ms. Natália Cariello Brotas Corrêa, two medical students at at UVV – Vila Velha University, Brazil. They are 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 not necessarily […]

Lessons learnt from the Commission’s 2020 rule of law report

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s assessment of the Commission’s 2020 report on the rule of law provides ways to improve the mechanism so that it can better protect EU values. During the plenary debate on Wednesday, a broad majority of speakers called on the Council and the Commission […]

Financial stability: Commission adopts final one-year extension of the transitional regime for capital requirements for non-EU central counterparties (CCPs)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today extended – by one additional year –the current transitional regime regarding the capital requirements that EU banks and investment firms must maintain when exposed to non-EU central counterparties (‘CCPs’). This transitional regime will therefore continue to apply until 28 […]

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%. Parliament endorsed the Climate Law, agreed informally with member states in April, with 442 […]

Motor Insurance: Commission welcomes European Parliament and Council agreement to update the Motor Insurance Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement between the European Parliament and Council to update the 2009 Motor Insurance Directive. This Directive ensures that vehicles can freely circulate in the European Union while using the same compulsory insurance. It means that when accidents occur, injured […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the manufacturing and distribution of garments sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 22 June 2021, the European Commission has carried out unannounced inspections in Germany at the premises of a company active in the sector of manufacturing and distribution of garments. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules […]

Putting people first: Africa leads the way on reimagining remittance regulations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ulla Andrén, Head of the Regional Development Cooperation in Africa , Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) & Henri Dommel, Director of Financial Inclusion, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Differing rules and regulations mean that what should be […]

The ECB plans to maintain supportive monetary policy, Ms Lagarde tells MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee quizzed the ECB President about economic stimulus stemming from negative interest rates and plans for the pandemic emergency purchase programme. During the monetary dialogue on Monday evening, the ECB’s President Christine Lagarde assured ECON MEPs that, while the […]