MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s vote on a resolution […]

What are Asia Pacific countries getting right in the fight against cancer?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rachel Frizberg, Area Head Asia Pacific, Roche Pharma As healthcare systems focus on COVID-19, other areas – such as cancer care – are being disrupted. A new report examines the readiness of countries in the APAC region to […]

This 3D-printed steak could help us reduce meat consumption

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 Every year, billions of animals are raised and slaughtered for food. This uses huge amounts of water and energy. Some experts believe alternatives could be better for people and the environment. Billions […]

Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more to ensure the good functioning of the EU Single Market*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is publishing the Single Market Scoreboard 2020, which shows that despite improvements in certain areas, Member States need to do more to ensure the proper functioning of the Single Market. As experienced during the coronavirus crisis, a well-functioning single market is […]

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say’ portal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say’ portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process. The new version should […]

Boosting the EU’s green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund , one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System. The […]

Mental health in times of a pandemic: what can each individual do to lessen the burden?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Katerina Drakos, a 4th year medical student from the Lisbon School of Medicine and is a member of the Student’s Association of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (AEFML). She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

Commission welcomes confirmation of provisional agreement to strengthen collective redress in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed a provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for the protection of collective interest of consumers recently concluded with the European Parliament. This is a positive and important step towards empowering consumers and creating a level-playing field for collective redress in the […]

MEPs want to boost energy storage in the EU to help spur decarbonisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As energy from renewable sources is increasingly part of the European energy mix, MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions such as hydrogen or home batteries. In a report adopted on Monday, MEPs in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee outline their strategy […]

Can the EU assume the mantle of global leadership?

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore Angela Merkel’s assumption of the EU presidency could help deliver the strong global leadership the world needs today. Here are two steps that would put Europe […]

EU mobilises emergency assistance following floods in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Earlier this week, intensive rains resulted in the largest flooding in the south-west of Ukraine in the last 50 years, with several casualties and damage to hundreds of homes. To alleviate the first needs, the Ukrainian authorities activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Sweden […]

COVID-19: Both WHO and Europe must learn from the current pandemic, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EP Committee responsible for public health quizzed the Director-General of the WHO on its response to COVID-19, underlining the need for global cooperation. Today the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with the Director-General of the World Health […]

Trade Barriers Report: EU continues to open up markets outside Europe in midst of rising protectionism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Thanks to the European Union’s successful intervention, European companies generated €8 billion in additional exports in 2019. The high number of new restrictions that hinder EU exports shows however that protectionism has become deeply ingrained in global trade. These are some of the findings […]

European Commission adopted Report on the Impact of Demographic Change in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted it’s first-ever Report on the Impact of Demographic Change. It presents the drivers of this long-term change and the impact it is having across Europe. It also highlights the links between demographic structures and the impact and recovery […]

Nepal faces a crisis as COVID-19 stems the flow of remittances

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ali Akram, Digital Finance Specialist, Nepal, United Nations Capital Development Fund & Andrew Caruana Galizia, Community Lead, Regional Agenda, India and South Asia, GLF, World Economic Forum Remittances represent more than a quarter of Nepal’s economic output. The […]

The Central Mediterranean migration route in times of COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will assess the migration situation in the Central Mediterranean in the midst of the pandemic with representatives of EU institutions and international organisations. The Civil Liberties Committee has been closely following developments in the area, after both Malta and Italy, as well as […]

Trade in digital services is booming. Here’s how we can unleash its full potential

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sherry Stephenson, Senior Fellow; Member, Services Network, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) & Jimena Sotelo, Project Lead, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum Cross-border trade in digital services such as videoconferencing, entertainment and professional services has grown hugely in […]

Quality of Europe’s bathing waters remains high, latest annual assessment finds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The quality of Europe’s bathing water remains high, according to this year’s European bathing water quality assessment published today. Just under 85% of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2019 met the European Union’s highest and most stringent ‘excellent’ quality standards. The results published […]

3 innovations which are leading the fight to save our ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kaya Bulbul, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Our ocean faces an unprecedented set of interconnected challenges. The winners of the Ocean Solutions Sprint, a competition to find the best ideas to save our ocean, have been announced. […]

5 ways COVID-19 has changed workforce management

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Kirby, Group Head, Organization Design and Human Resource Strategy, Zurich Insurance Group Whilst some changes have been enforced, COVID-19 is also a catalyst to reinvent the future of work for managers who take the opportunity to make […]

Is a 3-day split week the way to get people back to work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Brandon, Journalist, freelance UK organization proposes splitting the working week into two three-day shifts. Would make workplaces safer and get more people back to work, RSA says. New Zealand considering shorter working week; previous trials were positive. […]

Coronavirus fears may have driven over 300,000 UK smokers to quit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content A survey of UK smokers suggests many have quit or are thinking about it because of coronavirus. Some evidence suggests that smoking may increase the transmission of the virus into the body. […]

EU citizens want more competences for the EU to deal with crises like COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament, a majority (58 %) state they have experienced financial difficulties since the start of the crisis. Conducted at the end of April 2020, nearly seven out of ten respondents (69%) want a stronger role for […]

Coronavirus: the truth against the myths: Lockdown by a novel coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Foka Koagne Brice Maxime, an MBBS fifth year medical student at the Jiujiang University Jiangxi province in China. 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 […]

How impact finance can alleviate COVID-19’s economic symptoms

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 The private sector is facing unprecedented difficulties in accessing finance at at a time when it is sorely needed. Gig workers and those on low incomes in emerging economies are among those […]

The mental domain in times of a pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Brendon de Almeida Nunes and Giovana Lisboa Campos, students of the third yeat of medicine school at Unicesumar. They are 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 writers […]

European Youth Event 2020: giving a voice to young people to influence EU policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Youth Event (EYE) goes online to engage young people with high-level politicians, experts and influencers and discuss EU role in the COVID-19 crisis. ‘EYE online’, following the postponement of EYE2020 due to the pandemic, goes into its final week and offers young […]

Drones, disinfectant, distancing – Europe’s beaches open up

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content There have been more than 4.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide. Some European countries are preparing to reopen beaches, seaside cafes and restaurants. Most beach resorts have imposed strict social distancing rules. […]

Z, V or ‘Nike swoosh’ – what shape will the COVID-19 recession take?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer The “Great Lockdown” has hit global economies hard. Business shutdowns have left unemployment soaring, supply chains fragmented and markets plummeting. One International Monetary Bank official has said the Great Lockdown could lead […]

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament granted discharge to the Commission and most other EU institutions, but called for the fight against conflict of interest to be strengthened. The Parliament, voting on Wednesday by 499 votes in favour, 136 against and 56 abstentions, granted discharge of the Commission’s […]

Hungary’s emergency measures: MEPs ask EU to impose sanctions and stop payments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Democracy and fundamental rights are under threat in Hungary, say most MEPs, who urge the Commission and the Council to protect Hungarian citizens and rule of law. In a debate with EC Vice-President Vera Jourová and the Croatian Presidency of the EU, a majority […]

How unity and common purpose can help us defeat this virus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association Each of us has a role to play in overcoming this pandemic. Industry leaders are at the forefront of efforts to manage the crisis. By working together, we can emerge […]

Do not take the EP’s consent on MFF for granted, says Budget Committee Chair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of this week’s plenary vote on a resolution on the planned new long-term EU budget, Budget Committee Chair Van Overtveldt shared his thoughts in an interview on EP’s Facebook page. During a live interview on the Parliament’s Facebook page, the Chair of the […]