State aid: Commission approves €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €430 million Italian measure to compensate ski lift operators for the damages suffered due to the restrictive measures introduced by the Italian government to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which prohibited the […]

State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Czechia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Czechia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Czech regional aid map is the first map approved by the Commission within the framework of the revised Regional […]

Action! How movies are helping young people fight climate change and other global challenges

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 Melati Wijsen helped bring about bans on certain types of plastic in Bali and now she’s travelled the world meeting other young activists. A documentary of her work and travels was shown […]

This little robot is cleaning up our beaches, one cigarette butt at a time

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 Cigarette butts are the most common and problematic types of beach litter, polluting marine environments with plastics and harmful chemicals. Robot litter picker, the BeachBot, uses AI to detect trash and help […]

Why the future of carbon should be blue

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emily Pidgeon, Vice-President, Ocean Science and Innovation, Conservation International Mangroves protect coastlines, protect biodiversity and protect local livelihoods – yet humanity has failed to protect them. Vida Manglar (‘mangrove life’ in Spanish), is the first project to adequately […]

How a demand-driven approach could accelerate zero-emission freight transportation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain and Transport, World Economic Forum & Angie Farrag-Thibault, Project Lead, Clean Trucking Initiative, World Economic Forum By greening their supply chains, freight buyers could boost decarbonization efforts in the global freight […]

The International Women’s Day 2031

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Joana Duarte, a 2nd year Medical student from the University of Minho, Portugal. 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 […]

Coronavirus: Commission steps up research funding with €120 million for 11 new projects to tackle the virus and its variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has short-listed 11 new projects worth €120 million from Horizon Europe, the biggest European research and innovation programme (2021-2027), for supporting and enabling urgent research into the coronavirus and its variants. This funding is part of a wide range of research and […]

Mental health: these songs are proven to reduce stress

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 Scientists say listening to music reduces stress and even pain. Last year, 57% of Americans said music helped their mental health, more than watching TV or doing exercise. Researchers have discovered the […]

How changemakers in Bangkok are popularising the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adithya B Kumar, Global Shaper, Bangkok Hub, Consultant, UNDP & Irvan Aditya Sutiono, Curator, Bangkok Hub, Venture Manager, Zipmex & Liepa Olsauskaite, Global Shaper, Bangkok Hub, Head of Brand Activation, Polymateria // EMF Circular Pioneer Cities tackling interconnected […]

EU-UK relations: Commission proposes draft mandate for negotiations on Gibraltar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an EU-UK agreement on Gibraltar. The Commission also presented its proposal for negotiating guidelines. It is now for the Council to adopt this draft mandate, after […]

Why the world needs to rethink primary healthcare after the pandemic

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 The COVID-19 pandemic pushed many primary healthcare systems to breaking point. The rise of noncommunicable diseases and increasing life expectancy is adding to the pressure. Encouraging more robust primary healthcare for all […]

Women that inspire women

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Caroline Andrioni, a twenty-year-old woman and a third-year medical student at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), in the interior of Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

The historical performance of women in human health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eulália Santos Gomes, 23 years old, a 3rd-year medical student of the University Center of Valença in Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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 […]

The roots and effects of the gender gap in medicine on current and future female doctors

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Esther Perinni, a 18 years 1th year medical student at Vila Velha University. 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 […]

This school-in-a-bag helps educate the most remote areas

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 The Solar Media Bag has been trialled in Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique. School teachers in rural areas can use it to turn any space into a classroom. The bag can charge laptops […]

Researchers say drinking coffee regularly is good for you. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Research suggests drinking coffee in moderation reduces the risk of chronic liver disease by a fifth. Coffee drinkers were found to be less likely to develop fatty liver disease, liver cancer or die […]

A woman leader from a small town

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Darja Popkova, a 3rd year medical student, living in Riga, Latvia two first-year medical student in The Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Being a woman: surgical coldness cannot take it away

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Clara Marques Santana, a student in the eighth period of the Medicine course at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Commission calls on Member States to build a more competitive and dynamic business services market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents its updated reform recommendations on regulation of seven professional business services. The aim of today’s recommendations is to incentivise and assist Member States in creating a regulatory environment that is conducive to growth, innovation and job creation and above all to […]

€6.1 billion to promote sustainable fisheries and safeguard fishing communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted the 2021-2027 fisheries and aquaculture fund to support the blue economy, protect biodiversity and promote international ocean governance. The new European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), adopted on Tuesday, encourages member states to invest in making the fisheries and aquaculture sectors […]

EU Digital COVID Certificate enters into application in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation enters into application. This means that EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. 21 Member States as well as Norway, Iceland and […]

A new, stronger Asylum Agency for a more consistent asylum policy across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With enhanced operational and technical powers, the new EU Asylum Agency will facilitate cooperation among member states and contribute to converging asylum standards. The provisional agreement reached on Tuesday between EP negotiators and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council puts an end to several […]

4 ways that yoga could improve your quality of life

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Gender equality and mental health advocate, yoga instructor, & P. Murali Doraiswamy, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center Every year on 21 June, the world marks the International Day of Yoga. In […]

Strong support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s integration into the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a report adopted on Thursday, Parliament welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s commitment to advancing on its EU path, but demands further substantial reforms. Reacting to the 2019-2020 Commission reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina, MEPs call on the European Council to continue backing Bosnia and […]

European Parliament to display the rainbow flag today in support of LGBTQI rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President Sassoli agreed on Wednesday to display the rainbow flag at the entrance of the Parliament in Brussels as well as at the EP’s Liaison Offices in all member states. The request to display the flag came at the opening of this week’s […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Belgium’s €5.9 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Belgium’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards the EU disbursing €5.9 billion in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support the implementation of the crucial […]

Commission welcomes the move towards more innovative health technologies for patients

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement on the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Regulation reached by the European Parliament and the Council early this morning. The Regulation will improve the availability of innovative health technologies such as innovative medicines and certain medical devices for EU […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the manufacturing and distribution of garments sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 22 June 2021, the European Commission has carried out unannounced inspections in Germany at the premises of a company active in the sector of manufacturing and distribution of garments. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules […]

Vaccine inequality is a scandal that must be urgently addressed, says UN refugee boss

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 UN High Commissioner for Refugees has attacked the “scandal” of vaccine inequality. In an interview for the World Economic Forum he also urged rich nations not to cut aid. Leaders need […]

State aid: Commission approves a Polish scheme to compensate large companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Polish scheme to partially compensate large companies for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures implemented by the Polish government, while providing them with direct liquidity support through […]

COVID-19 has devastated India’s self-employed women. Here’s how to support them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mirai Chatterjee, Chairperson, SEWA Cooperative Federation, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Self-employed women in India have been facing the brunt of the pandemic. The informal sector plays a pivotal role in the Indian economy – accounting for 55% of […]

Eurovignette: provisional deal on new road haulage charging rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP and Council negotiators reached a deal on new road charging rules for trucks to transition from time-based to distance-based charging, reducing CO2 emissions. A provisional agreement reached on Wednesday between the European Parliament and Council negotiators will update the rules defining charges EU […]