Mobile phone roaming: MEPs back extension of free roaming in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Industry Committee voted in favour of extending the “Roam like at Home” scheme for another ten years. The updated legislation, a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming fees, also makes adjustments aiming for better roaming services for travellers. According to the text […]

EU Cohesion policy on the front line of the recovery: €34 billion approved for regions and cities in just 4 months  

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the press conference for the launch of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities 2021, the Commission took stock of the implementation of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU). With €34.1 billion approved and €3.5 billion […]

EU disburses €50 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €50 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to the Republic of Moldova. This disbursement is part of the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them respond […]

European Commission reaffirms the primacy of EU law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today’s oral presentation of the ruling by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal raises serious concerns in relation to the primacy of EU law and the authority of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Commission upholds and reaffirms the founding principles of the […]

Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Mobility, education, housing and active inclusion in public life are key areas where Europeans living with disabilities would benefit from reform, say MEPs. The EU should have a common definition of disability and introduce a European Disability Card to mutually recognise disability status across […]

The EU provides €36.4 million to tackle COVID-19 and support police reform in the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union has disbursed a grant of €36.4 million for the Republic of Moldova to continue supporting country’s fight against COVID-19 and police reform. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi confirmed the disbursement during the visit of Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Romania’s €29.2 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Romania’s recovery and resilience plan, an important step towards the EU disbursing €14.2 billion in grants and €14.9 billion in loans to Romania under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support […]

Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications. These Member States are required to transpose into their national laws two new sets of rules, without […]

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 […]

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, […]

The European Union’s road to sustainability – how each EU state is doing

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 The SDGCountry Scores tool from Eurostat shows whether European Union countries are making progress on global sustainable development goals. Countries are measured compared with the EU average and whether they have made […]

Coronavirus: The EU and AstraZeneca agree on COVID-19 vaccine supply and on ending litigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the EU and AstraZeneca have reached an agreement which will secure the delivery of the remaining COVID-19 vaccine doses to Member States under the terms of the Advance Purchase Agreement concluded on 27 August 2020 with AstraZeneca. The agreement will also end the […]

Gender Gap In Medicine – How?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Seemab Mehmood,a first year medical student studying at Fatima Jinnah Medical University, 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

“Support Science, Reject Politics”, a Sting Exclusive written by China’s Ambassador to the EU

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. The rapid spread of Delta variant around the world […]

3 things to know about books and reading in Europe

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 The price of books in the European Union is growing at a slower rate than general consumer goods. Total consumer prices rose by 14% but books only saw a 12% rise (June […]

Coronavirus: EU makes available additional humanitarian funding of €41 million to fight the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU will provide €41 million to help low and middle-income countries facing an unprecedented health, humanitarian and socio-economic crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist, combined with the imbalance in the delivery of vaccines. To help countries in Latin America and the […]

EU mobilises €3 million in humanitarian aid for Haiti following devastating earthquake

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In light of the devastating effects of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, the European Union is allocating €3 million in humanitarian funding to address the most urgent needs of the affected communities. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “Urgent […]

EU strengthens support to speed up vaccination in the Eastern Partnership region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the European Union’s efforts to support vaccination in partner countries, the Commission today increased from €40 million to €75 million its assistance package to deploy safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and speed up the vaccination campaigns in the six Eastern Partnership […]

Forest fires: EU continues to mobilise assistance for Greece and other countries in region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to channel support to help combat unprecedented forest fires in Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Following requests from Greece, North Macedonia, Albania, Italy and Turkey, the European Union has now helped mobilise 14 firefighting planes, 3 […]

How long until you retire? Across Europe, people’s working life is getting shorter

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 For the first time this century, the expected average duration of working life for Europeans has dropped. The pandemic is partly to blame, according to the European Commission. People are living longer […]

The real economy is not a side event in the global decarbonization effort

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Faustine Delasalle, Co-Executive Director, Mission Possible Partnership and Director, Energy Transitions Commission & Anthony Robert Hobley, Co-Executive Director, Mission Possible Partnership and an Executive Fellow, WEF, World Economic Forum The real economy needs to be at the centre […]

More than 1 in 6 young adults in the EU were not in education or work in 2020

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 More than one in six young adults in the European Union were not in employment, education or training (NEET) in 2020, Eurostat data shows. Young women were more affected than men. The […]

Forest fires in Sardinia: EU mobilises immediate assistance to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to Italy’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help in the fight against the ongoing wildfires in Sardinia, the EU is mobilising immediate support from France and Greece. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “I thank France […]

EU disburses €250 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Jordan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed €250 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Jordan. Today’s disbursement is partly from the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them limit the economic […]

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. […]

EU launches WTO dispute against discriminatory procurement by Russian State-owned enterprises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is requesting consultations with Russia in the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding certain Russian measures that restrict or prevent EU companies from selling goods and services to Russian State-owned enterprises and other entities through procurement for commercial purposes. These practices seem to […]

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 […]

Data governance: new rules to boost data sharing across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted rules to facilitate making more data available to help create new products and innovation, in particular in Artificial Intelligence. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee adopted on Thursday its position on the EU Data Governance Act (DGA), aimed at increasing trust in […]

Regionalization vs globalization: what is the future direction of trade?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Legge, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics, University of St.Gallen, & Piotr Lukaszuk, Director for Data Forensics, St.Gallen Endowment for Prosperity through Trade Destabilizing world events, including COVID-19 and the Suez Canal blockage, have exposed international trade’s […]

Nicaragua: MEPs demand the repeal of punitive laws against the opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn restrictive laws devised to criminalise political opponents in Nicaragua and call for all arbitrarily detained political prisoners to be immediately released. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs strongly condemn all the Nicaraguan authorities’ repressive actions, in particular the deaths caused, against […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Cyprus’s €1.2 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Cyprus’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards the EU disbursing a total of €1.2 billion in grants and loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. This financing will support the […]

Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed the planned activities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU with Prime Minister Janez Janša and Commission President von der Leyen. Prime Minister Janša recalled the various crises that the EU has experienced over the last few years, ranging […]