Montenegro: political tensions slow progress of EU-related reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament says Montenegro should advance its electoral and judicial reforms and its fight against organised crime and corruption. MEPs welcome Montenegro’s continued commitment to European integration, repeating their position that the country’s progress in the accession process continues to depend on meeting the conditions […]

It’s time: EU candidate status will strengthen Ukraine and Europe – Metsola

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This is a moment where we must remain together. Addressing EU leaders, EP President Metsola spoke also on climate, energy, inflation and the war’s social and economic impact. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola remarks at the European Council of 23 and 24 June 2022, […]

MEPs say EU leaders must grab the opportunity to expand and reform the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs outlined their expectations for the 23-24 June European Council in a plenary debate with the French Presidency and Commission President von der Leyen. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia In light of Putin’s aggression and the commitment shown by the Ukrainian, Moldovan, and […]

EU Consumer protection: TikTok commits to align with EU rules to better protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following dialogues with the Commission and the network of national consumer protection (CPC) authorities, TikTok has committed to align its practices with the EU rules on advertising and consumer protection, namely, the Unfair commercial practices Directive, the Consumer rights Directive and the Unfair contract […]

EU and Egypt step up cooperation on climate, energy and the green transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today in Cairo, on the occasion of the visit of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her meeting with Egyptian President El Sisi, theEU and Egypt issued a joint statement on climate, energy and the green transition. President von der Leyen said: “We […]

Parliament activates process to change EU Treaties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Council to agree to start the process to revise the EU Treaties. In light of the array of ongoing and recent crises, MEPs used their prerogative to call for the Treaties to be changed […]

Fit for 55: Parliament agrees to higher EU carbon sink ambitions by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support increasing the target for carbon sinks in land use, land use change and the forestry sector, de facto raising the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target to 57 %. On Wednesday, Parliament adopted its position on a proposed law to reduce greenhouse […]

EU and US agree to strengthen coordination on the enforcement of export controls on Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the US Commerce Department have agreed to strengthen coordination on the enforcement of export controls on Russia, building on the excellent cooperation under the US-EU Trade and Technology Council. In a meeting in Brussels, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, […]

Russia’s war on Ukraine: EU adopts sixth package of sanctions against Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the sixth package of restrictive measures against Russia. Sanctions are among the EU’s most visible, direct and powerful responses to Russia’s brutal and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, including systemic violence and atrocities against the civilian population. This […]

This is why the US dollar is a potent sanctions weapon… for now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The US dollar has long wielded outsized influence around the world. Some think the currency’s role in sanctioning Russia portends the end of that dominance. But a clear alternative […]

“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 […]

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 […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises a further €9 billion in support of Europe’s recovery and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today issued a further €9 billion in a dual tranche transaction under the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument. The deal is the 9th syndicated transaction under NextGenerationEU, and the 4th of 2022. It consisted of a new 3-year bond of €6 billion […]

Why doesn’t the EU notice the new double digit growth of EU-China trade?

Recently the results of the EU-China trade for the first quarter of 2022 came out and scored an impressive 10.2% growth and yet the EU media and policy makers remained mute. Why is that so? Obviously, the world economy has been hit hard by an explosive mix of the war in Ukraine coupled with the […]

Which European countries have the most digital skills?

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 Over half of people in the European Union had at least basic digital skills in 2021, new data shows. The Netherlands, Finland and Ireland scored highest, says Eurostat. While Romania, Bulgaria and […]

Digital Services Act: Commission welcomes political agreement on rules ensuring a safe and accountable online environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the swift political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the proposal on the Digital Services Act (DSA), proposed by the Commission in December 2020. The DSA sets out an unprecedented new standard for the accountability […]

The Pandemic of Gender Based Violence & Femicides in the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Yusra Abid Shah, a 6th year medical student from the National University of Science and Technology Oman. 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 writers and […]

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine need not hinder climate progress. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Many countries don’t want to continue buying Russia’s fossil fuels following its invasion of Ukraine. But efforts to tap other sources and ease prices may hinder climate progress. Previous […]

Future of Europe: Conference nears finalisation of policy recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Conference on the Future of Europe Plenary session on 8-9 April debated concrete proposals. The Chairs and spokespersons of nine Working Groups tabled consolidated draft proposals, grouped by theme, to the Conference Plenary. The proposals were mainly based on the recommendations of European […]

Food crisis: the EU takes action to support Africa’s Sahel and Lake Chad regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the context of the aggravation of the food security and nutrition due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union is today reinforcing its political and financial commitment to partner countries in Africa. A total of €554 million in 2022 will be targeted […]

EU supports cross-border journalism with €8 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Seven consortia of news organisations will receive EU support for cross-border projects that aim to strengthen the news media sector. The projects have been selected following the first call for proposals for Journalism Partnerships in 2021, as part of the NEWS initiative announced in […]

EU develops strategic reserves for chemical, biological and radio-nuclear emergencies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To improve the EUs preparedness and response to public health risks such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the Commission is building up strategic reserves of response capacities through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This includes a €540.5 million rescEU strategic stockpile, […]

Moldova: EU steps up its support with an additional €53 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, announced an additional €53 million to help the Republic of Moldova cope with the multiple repercussions of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine. This support will take the form of a budget support programme to be […]

How to improve access to cancer medicines in low and middle-income countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Cancer deaths in low and middle-income countries accounted for 70% of the global total in 2020. Inadequate healthcare systems are a major barrier to patients accessing life-saving […]

Crypto assets: new rules to stop illicit flows in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted, with 93 votes to 14 and 14 abstentions, their position on draft legislation strengthening EU rules against money laundering and terrorist financing. Traceability of […]

How Europe can exit the COVID-19 public health emergency

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hans Kluge, Regional Director, Europe, World Health Organization (WHO) High COVID-19 vaccination rates in many European countries have helped to keep hospitalisation and death rates down in recent months, and have led to an easing of pandemic restrictions. […]

An Unstable World Calls for Stronger China-EU Cooperation

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by Mr. Wang Hongjian, the Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. The 23rd China-EU Summit will be held tomorrow. Chinese President Xi Jinping […]

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

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 weekly news roundup 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 […]

How to build climate resilience into the construction industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ommid Saberi, Senior Industry Specialist – Global lead for Building Resilience Index programme, IFC, World Bank Group & Naz Beykan, Climate Resilience Consultant, IFC Natural disasters are estimated to have caused $210 billion worth of damage worldwide in […]

Towards a better future: what we can do for our healthcare system

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sadia Khalid, Junior researcher, and a PhD candidate at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia. 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 writers and do not […]

Ukraine war highlights urgent need for worldwide humanitarian support

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content Aid agencies call for protection of civilians affected by Ukraine war. Save the Children: There are no safe places for children in Ukraine. Support centres are being established to protect refugees from […]

‘Incomparable suffering’: UNHCR’s Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams says worse to come for Ukrainian refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Bruce-Lockhart, Editorial Lead, Head of Social Video, World Economic Forum With the fastest-growing flow of people the world has ever recorded fleeing Russia’s three-week-old invasion of Ukraine, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR ) has said that humanitarian […]

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and its global impacts: aid chiefs speak at a Forum Agenda Dialogue

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum A child flees Ukraine almost every second, humanitarian agencies report. Huge concerns for welfare of children, both inside and outside Ukraine. Crisis risks draining aid from other places in desperate need. […]