State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a third amendment to extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework was first amended on 3 April 2020 […]

EU budget 2021: An annual budget focused on European recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU, the temporary recovery instrument aimed at mobilising investments and kick-starting the European economy. […]

A ‘system value’ approach can accelerate the energy transition. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrik Andersen, Chief Executive Officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Chair, Electricity Industry Action Group The pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition. ‘System value’ is a method of measuring the impact […]

On the 22nd China-EU Summit: “negotiating partner, economic competitor and systemic rival”; is this the right EU approach to address your 2nd biggest trading partner?

Yesterday was the day that the much anticipated 22nd China-EU Summit took place. As this year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, the EU-China Summit had been initially scheduled to take place earlier in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the Summit took place through […]

Protection of transported animals: Parliament establishes inquiry committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs decided to set up an inquiry committee to look into alleged breaches in the application of EU animal welfare rules during transport within and outside the EU, on Friday. The new inquiry committee, established by 605 votes in favour to 53 against, with […]

How can you or your organization support the Hour of Pride initiative?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ty Greene, Community Lead, Civil Society, World Economic Forum As part of the World Economic Forum’s Hour of Pride initiative, we are showcasing commitments to support the LGBTQI+ community from our partners in business, civil society, government, academia […]

The COVID-19 recovery can be the vaccine for climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business & Jose Siri, Senior Lead, Science, Cities, Urbanization, and Health, Our Planet, Our Health (OPOH), Wellcome Trust The positive environmental benefits of the pandemic have shown us what is possible. Our actions […]

How racism spread around the world alongside COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Salaado Qasim, Chairperson, Peace and Well-being organization The pandemic is driving up the incidence of racism around the world. The fear caused by the virus is manifesting itself in discrimination. It’s up to all of us to challenge […]

This is what has led to the George Floyd protests in the United States

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joseph Losavio, Community Specialist, Infrastructure and Development Initiatives, World Economic Forum George Floyd’s death followed several widely publicized incidents that exposed the deep racial fissures in American society. The current demonstrations are the result of a series of […]

Great Reset: Why LGBT+ inclusion is the secret to cities’ post-pandemic success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jon Miller, Founder, Open For Business • Economies that are more inclusive are better placed to recover from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. • A strong positive correlation exists between LGBT+ inclusion and economic resilience. • In […]

International tourism is set to plunge by 80% this year – but some regions could recover more quickly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Millions of jobs could be lost in an industry that provides high levels of employment. Less developed economies could be hit particularly hard. However, some regions – particularly the Middle East – […]

Why infrastructure is the only way to fight a COVID-19 recession in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shai Kivity, Global Shaper, Boston Hub The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a recession in the US. Infrastructure projects create economic growth; The US infrastructure industry is 30 years behind its global counterparts but a new centralized and […]

2 ways to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mazen S. Darwazeh, Executive Vice-Chairman; President, Middle East and North Africa, Hikma Pharmaceuticals & Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum The spread of COVID-19 comes with a tragic outlook for vulnerable […]

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus concerns

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would go ahead in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision after Japanese Prime […]

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In our efforts to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner across the EU. National governments have introduced different measures, including travel restrictions and border controls. […]

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. These aim at increasing trade, strengthening connectivity and deepening economic integration […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Raytheon by UTC, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Raytheon by United Technologies Corporation (UTC). The approval is conditional on the divestiture of a remedy package. The transaction combines UTC’s aerospace businesses and Raytheon’s defence business. Both companies are […]

Spain locks down, Denmark shuts borders – today’s COVID-19 updates and expert analysis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information. US travel ban extended to the UK and Ireland The United States […]

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over INWIT by Telecom Italia and Vodafone, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over INWIT by Telecom Italia and Vodafone. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Telecom Italia and Vodafone. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, […]

Coronavirus: truth and myth on personal risk perception

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Paula Pacheco Rocha, a student of the sixth period of Medicine of the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas- PUC Campinas. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council: Commission presents Action Plan for immediate measures to support Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As a contribution to the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council called for today, the Commission is presenting an Action Plan of measures to be taken by the Union and the Member States together to provide critical support to Greece in managing the extraordinary […]

Facts, not fear, will stop COVID-19 – so how should we talk about it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Journalist, World Economic Forum “Words matter”: World Health Organization issues guidelines to media. Stick to the facts, don’t spread rumours, and avoid stigmatizing patients. Poor information could help disease spread; good info could help halt it. […]

Cash for babies: How Europe is tackling its falling birthrate

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 Europe is the continent with the oldest population. This is creating problems for healthcare and pensions. But some countries are taking action to encourage more people to have children. In the far […]

Peatlands are under threat. Here’s why we must act now to save them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Saputelli, Sustainability Specialist, Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability, World Economic Forum & Peter Staubli, Co-founder and director, Beck & Staubli Peatlands play a huge role as carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots. Centuries of depletion, either by drainage […]

EU mobilises €10 million more to respond to severe Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today €10 million more to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades in East Africa. The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from […]

Burkina Faso : The EU reaffirms its support during this humanitarian and security crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the light of the very rapid deterioration in the humanitarian and security crisis in Burkina Faso, Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, and Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, visited the country. During their visit to the central-north region where they met people […]

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision today, as expected, to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK. The negotiating directives adopted today are based on the draft recommendation put forward by the Commission on 3 February 2020. They fully […]

Q and A: This is how stakeholder capitalism can help heal the planet

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 Stakeholder capitalism is one of the key themes of Davos 2020. Business policies must take into account the health of our natural world and adopt a sustainable approach to using Earth’s resources, […]

We must move from egocentric to ecocentric leadership to safeguard our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shruthi Vijayakumar, Global Shaper, Auckland Hub & Robyn Seetal, Global Shaper, Calgary Hub, Egocentric leadership is at the root of our environmental crisis. We must change the way we understand and relate to the natural world. To do […]

Civil society can make sure no one is left stranded by the skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Worman, Vice-President, Alliances and Programme Development, TechSoup & Hector Mujica, Regional manager, Google.org & Melissa Huerta, Senior program officer, Mozilla Foundation Closing the skills gap in areas such as Latin America will require cross-sector effort. Community-based organizations […]

Will we join hands for a tomorrow without antimicrobial resistance?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Georgio Toumieh, a second year medical student at the American University of Beirut with a biology major and the national public health officer of the Lebanese Medical Students’ International Committee (LeMSIC). He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner […]

Available mental health services: is it only about professionals or institutions?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Adelaida Orozco Vásquez, a 21 years old third-year medicine student from CES university in Medellín, Colombia. She 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 […]

An alternative to the future of antimicrobial therapy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr .Henrique de Castro Veiga, a 19 year old first-year medical student at the Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos (UNICEPLAC), Brasília. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]