New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the new European Union Agency for Asylum starts work with its reinforced mandate, building on the achievements of its predecessor, the European Asylum Support Office. The new agency is a key deliverable under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It will help ensure […]

The solution to climate change will be people-powered. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Signify To convince people to act, we need to show – not tell – them that there is a better way to do things. Companies can lead the way and start to restore […]

Booming e-waste and how repair incentives can help keep goods out of landfills

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content The world is predicted to produce 75 million metric tonnes of e-waste by 2030. It’s often considered cheaper to replace a product rather than repair it. As awareness increases free repair cafes […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on the passing of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” È un giorno triste per l’Europa. Oggi la nostra Unione perde un convinto europeista, un sincero democratico, e un uomo buono. Today is a sad day for Europe. Our Union loses a passionate European, a sincere democrat and a good man. […]

Inequality is not confined to humans. Animals are divided by privilege, too

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 Inequality is a threat to our social fabric, but it’s not just a human problem. A new study shows the animal kingdom is riven by privilege and inequality. For some species, being […]

 Preventing child and adolescent suicide; Taking action towards early detection of bullying

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Otumara Urowoli Jessica, a 6th year medical student studying in Sumy State University, Ukraine. 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 […]

Preventing child and adolescent suicide

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Abiola Asekun, a medical student at Sumy State University, Ukraine. 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 IFMSA’s view on […]

Ivory trade: Commission updates rules to end most forms of ivory trade in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission takes further steps aimed at effectively banning most forms of EU trade in ivory, as announced in the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The adopted new measures reaffirm and deliver on the EU’s commitment to take further action against elephant poaching […]

EU institutions agree priorities for 2022 for a resilient and reinvigorated EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The leaders of the EU institutions signed a Joint Declaration identifying key legislative priorities for 2022, and welcomed progress on the 2021 priorities. On Thursday, European Parliament President David Sassoli, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and […]

The European year of rail: Why rail can transport us to a greener future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Wolff, Lecturer, University of Cologne, Oliver Martin, Partner, Oaktree and Jiten Vyakarnam, Platform Curator, Supply Chain & Transport Industries, World Economic Forum Recent disruptions to transport and its affect on supply chains has brought renewed attention to […]

Health Technology Assessment: Commission welcomes the adoption of new rules to improve access to innovative technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Regulation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), a deliverable of the EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, has been adopted. The new rules will allow vital and innovative health technologies – such as innovative medicines, certain medical devices, medical equipment and prevention and treatment methods – […]

Agreement reached to extend free mobile roaming rules in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The “Roam like at Home” scheme will be renewed for another ten years, under plans informally agreed between MEPs and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council, on Thursday. Under the agreement, a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming surcharges, consumers will continue to […]

EU strengthens protection against economic coercion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a new tool to counter the use of economic coercion by third countries. This legal instrument is in response to the EU and its Member States becoming the target of deliberate economic pressure in recent years. It strengthens […]

New rules on VAT rates offer Member States more flexibility while supporting the EU’s green, digital and public health priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the agreement reached by EU finance ministers today to update the current rules governing value-added tax (VAT) rates for goods and services. These new rules will provide governments with more flexibility in the rates they can apply and ensure equal treatment […]

The European Union works with G7 partners to promote investments, based on the Global Gateway strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is working closely with its G7 partners to promote sustainable investments worldwide, in line with its newly adopted Global Gateway strategy. The Statement on Partnership for infrastructure and investment issued today by G7 leaders sets out a new approach and concrete steps […]

CulturEU: Commission steps up support to the cultural sector through an online guide on EU funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched a new interactive guide mapping all funding opportunities available at EU level for the cultural and creative sectors. CulturEU, a  one-stop shop for EU funding, gathers a total of 75 funding opportunities from 21 different EU programmes, from Creative Europe […]

Common Agricultural Policy reform gets final approval from MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament gave the green light to the new EU Farm Policy. This reformed version aims to be greener, fairer, more flexible and transparent. During the negotiations on the legislative reform package, MEPs insisted that strengthening biodiversity and adhering to the EU’s environmental […]

Positive intersectionality: a blessing to clinical diagnosis

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Khushi Singh, an Indian, 19 years old, second year medical student at International Higher School of Medicine (IHSM) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 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 […]

Turning urban sprawl into a net-zero city. Lessons from Melbourne

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Adams, City Architect, City of Melbourne How our cities grow can have an impact on the climate crisis. Sprawling cities influence the social and financial health of urban communities. Here are six aspects to consider for a […]

Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the Start-up Village Forum to gather insights on challenges for and potential of rural start-up companies. As part of the EU’s June 2021 long-term vision for rural areas and the Commission Action Plan for Rural areas, the annual Start-up Village […]

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 […]

New rules for fair minimum wages in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new draft EU law will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, in order to guarantee decent living standards for workers and their families. In a vote on Thursday, MEPs on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee backed laying […]

EU exports support 38 million jobs in the EU according to a report on jobs and trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. One of the many figures in a new report released today by the European Commission shows just how important an open trade policy is for European employment. The Trade and Jobs Report provides a host of statistics on European jobs connected to European trade. […]

Commissioner McGuinness announces proposed way forward for central clearing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness announced the Commission’s proposed way forward for central clearing. The Commission remains of the view that over-reliance on UK-based central counterparties (CCPs) for some clearing activities is a source of financial […]

Launch by United States, the European Union, and Partners of the Global Methane Pledge to Keep 1.5C Within Reach

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Over 100 countries representing 70% of the global economy have now joined the Pledge Today, the United States, the European Union, and partners formally launched the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to keep the goal of limiting warming to […]

Legal migration: an EU talent pool and more options for immigrant entrepreneurs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for new EU rules on legal labour migration to respond to Europe’s demographic challenges and to effectively match immigrants’ skills with labour market needs. The European Union should offer third-country nationals new avenues for legal migration, ensure decent working conditions and end […]

Cybersecurity: MEPs strengthen EU-wide requirements against threats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new draft law would set tighter cybersecurity obligations in terms of risk management, reporting obligations and information sharing. According to the legislative text adopted on Thursday by the Industry Committee, EU countries would have to meet stricter supervisory and enforcement measures, and harmonise […]

COVID-19, youth and the impacts on mental health: it is time to change society’s mindset

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Leonardo Baracat Caria is a 5th year medical student at Faculdade de Medicina de Jundiai (FMJ), in Jundiaí-SP, Brazil. 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 to the […]

57 organizations release open letter for EU to act on ESG

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. 57 organizations released an open letter for the European Union to act on ESG disclosure standards. They encourage the European Commission to promote a global baseline set of standards through supporting the IFRS Foundation on the launch of the […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: Commission launches consultation platform for stakeholder’s involvement to shape transatlantic cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched an online consultation platform on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC), allowing stakeholders to share their views and provide common proposals on the work ahead. Following their first meeting in Pittsburgh last month, representatives of the European Union and […]

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 […]