Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments. Organised crime groups continue to develop and evolve, as shown by their rapid adaptation to the coronavirus pandemic, for example […]

Why artificial intelligence is key to renewable energy grid resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Executive Vice-President, Chief Innovation Officer, Schneider Electric The global transition to renewable energy will need artificial intelligence (AI) technology to manage decentralized grids. AI can balance electricity supply and demand needs in real-time, optimize energy use […]

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU’s external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border […]

Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, following the International Day of Forests, the Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate a better understanding of land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. They point towards prevention measures that can be taken through governance, planning and forest management, and outline how EU […]

Syria needs a greater financial and political response from the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs express grave concern over the persistent political deadlock and the lack of progress in finding a solution to the conflict in Syria. The economic collapse and the disastrous humanitarian crisis in the country is deeply worrying, with 90% of the population living under […]

We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of, says von der Leyen about the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We want people to take the lead on issues that matter to them and affect their everyday lives. We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, at the signing ceremony of […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Engaging with citizens to build a more resilient Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, European Parliament President, David Sassoli, Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have signed the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe. This paves the way […]

Humanitarian action: New outlook for EU’s global aid delivery challenged by COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has proposed to strengthen the European Union’s global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Communication proposes a series of key actions to expedite the provision of humanitarian aid by expanding […]

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

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 March 3 is World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. Up to 350 million people living in or near forests rely on their ecosystem […]

This is how university students can emerge from the pandemic stronger

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 Around the world, university students have had to switch to online learning. Canadian professor Suzanne Fortier believes there are pros and cons to this situation. Although it has reduced in-person meetings, the […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU allocates additional €3.5 million to support vulnerable refugees and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today an additional €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a humanitarian disaster. More than 1,700 refugees and migrants remain without appropriate shelter and support in Una Sana canton. After […]

EU signs final contracts under the €6 billion budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded the final contracts under the operational €6 billion budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The signature of the final eight contracts worth €780 million covers support for basic needs, health care, protection, municipal infrastructure as well as […]

Fair transition to digital and green economy: a new social agenda for Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In order to complement the changes that the European economy is currently undergoing, clear objectives should be put in place to ensure social justice in the labour market. In a resolution that was adopted today by 616 votes in favour, 22 against and 58 […]

New volunteering programme for young people in Europe and beyond agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Friday, Parliament and Council reached a political agreement on the European Solidarity Corps for 2021-2027, worth more than one billion EUR. “Today’s agreement is excellent news for young people in the EU and beyond. The programme will start in January 2021 and Parliament […]

Team Europe: EU and Germany join forces with the Government of Bangladesh to safeguard the livelihoods of workers in export-oriented industries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and Germany are joining forces with the Government of Bangladesh and will provide €113 million to safeguard the livelihoods of vulnerable workers in the garment and leather export-oriented industries. Due to the unprecedented socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, these workers […]

Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU’s resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting a new Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU to step up the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and boost the EU’s resilience to terrorist threats. Building on the work done in recent years, the Agenda seeks to support Member […]

Should trade continue to be global after the pandemic?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Cooper, Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank The advantages China offers will not become available closer to home and the costs of reshoring are high and often prohibitive. Opportunities for global trade will […]

State aid: Commission requires Italy to put an end to tax exemptions for ports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has required Italy to abolish the corporate tax exemptions granted to its ports, in order to align its tax regime with EU State aid rules. Profits earned by port authorities from economic activities must be taxed under normal national corporate tax […]

European Democracy Action Plan: making EU democracies stronger

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is presenting today its European Democracy Action Plan to empower citizens and build more resilient democracies across the EU. Standing up to challenges to our democratic systems from rising extremism and perceived distance between people and politicians, the Action Plan sets […]

Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To better exploit the potential of ever-growing data in a trustworthy European framework, the Commission today proposes new rules on data governance. The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of […]

EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis. The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year […]

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across […]

Solidarity Fund: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Budgets Committee Members approved €823 million in EU aid for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland, and the coronavirus crisis. The €823 million in aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows: More than €132.7 million to […]

European Union backs peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with new aid for police reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) is maintaining its commitment to the security of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by earmarking €20 million from the 11th European Development Fund for the Police Reform Support Programme over five years. This brings EU […]

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s regulation increasing tariffs on U.S. exports into the EU worth $4 billion will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. The countermeasures have been agreed by EU Member States since the U.S. has not yet provided the basis for […]

EU4Health: 9.4 billion EUR budget needed for new EU health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To fill gaps exposed by COVID-19 and ensure that health systems can face future threats to public health, an ambitious EU health programme is needed, say MEPs. On Wednesday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on the […]

State of the Energy Union: Progress made on the clean energy transition and a basis for green recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today the 2020 State of the Energy Union Report and its accompanying documents focused on different aspects of EU energy policy. This year’s Report is the first one since the adoption of the European Green Deal, and looks at the Energy […]

Questions & Answers on the coordination of measures restricting free movement in the European Union related to the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. Why was this Recommendation adopted? To limit the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the EU’s 27 Member States have adopted various measures, some of which have had an impact on citizens’ right to move freely across the European Union, such as requirements to […]

Simple Technology Saving Lives: Remote Auscultation

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Varun Bide, a first year MBBS student in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Sion, India. He is affiliated to 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 […]

Bulgaria: MEPs call for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament regrets the “significant deterioration” of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. In a resolution adopted with 358 votes in favour, 277 against and 56 abstentions, MEPs express their “unequivocal support for the people of Bulgaria in their legitimate demands and aspirations […]

Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package: The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next […]

Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. Today’s report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the EP’s Committee on Culture and Education called for swift and concrete measures to close the digital education gap in Europe. The resolution was adopted by 26 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions. “The last six months have seen our […]