These two start-ups are making farming more sustainable. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content As the global population rapidly approaches 8 billion, more pressure than ever is on the agriculture industry to increase production. With climate change also posing a growing threat to the planet, feeding […]

Celebrating 35 years of the Erasmus programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To mark the 35th anniversary of the emblematic Erasmus+ programme, Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will meet 35 current and former Erasmus+ participants as well as representatives of the founding team of the programme, on Tuesday, 20 September 2022. The event will […]

What is the ‘random trip’ craze and why is it so big in Japan?

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 Let’s go anywhere. Instead of deciding on a destination, travellers in Japan are leaving it to luck. It’s a trend called ‘random trips’ that is taking off in Japan – and travel […]

Environmental implementation: Commission urges better application of EU environmental rules to protect human health and the environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published the third Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), a key reporting tool that supports environmental enforcement and raises awareness about the importance of implementing environmental rules. Bridging the gap between what is decided at Union level and what is implemented on the […]

Eurobarometer: Trust in the EU on the rise, amid strong support for the EU’s response to Russia invasion of Ukraine and energy policies  

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The summer 2022 Standard Eurobarometer survey shows increased trust of citizens in the EU, and continued strong support for the EU’s response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of EU citizens support investments in renewable energy and action to reduce the […]

Why we shouldn’t overlook the impact of SMEs on local and global economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julia Devos, Head, New Champions Community, World Economic Forum, Zishu Chen, Content Curator, New Champions, World Economic Forum Beijing The contribution that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make in driving positive social, environmental and economic change is often […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes market study on hotels’ distribution practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission published today the results of an external market study on the distribution practices of hotels in the EU. The market study was conducted in 2021 and covers the period between 2017 and 2021. It focused on a representative sample of six […]

What puzzling effect did COVID-19 have on the US labour market? An expert explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rand Ghayad, Head of Economics and Global Labor Markets, LinkedIn Research from LinkedIn suggests that most people chose to remain within their own industry during the pandemic, seeking better jobs rather than moving to new industries. Although the […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To commemorate the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes tomorrow, President von der Leyen issued the following statement: “On 23 August, we honour the memory of the victims of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, in Europe and beyond. […]

Why deep metrics and a strong learning culture are needed to drive effective ESG performance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cyrus Suntook, Strategy Senior Manager, Responsible Leadership Fellow, Accenture, Linda Ringnalda, Research Associate Manager, Accenture, Monique de Ritter, Research Specialist Sustainability, Accenture Now is the time for companies to turn their verbal commitments to sustainability into action. However, […]

Ukraine: EU report notes important steps taken in the implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the EU-Ukraine Association Council planned to take place on 5 September, the European Union today published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine. The report outlines Ukraine’s implementation of reforms under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement covering the period since the latest report published on 1 […]

Here’s how England plans to end taboos about women’s health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The newly appointed Women’s Health Ambassador for England is on a mission to close the gender health gap. Dame Lesley Regan says she wants to end taboos on topics like periods and […]

Climate change: new rules for companies to stop EU-driven deforestation globally

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To fight climate change and biodiversity loss globally, Environment MEPs want only deforestation-free products to be allowed on the EU market. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee today adopted its position with 60 votes to 2 and 13 abstentions on the Commission […]

Going green could save Europe €1 trillion in fossil fuel costs

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 Modelling by think-tank Ember suggests the potential for decarbonizing Europe’s power system. It could be 95% by the middle of the next decade – at no extra cost – researchers found. The fossil […]

Somalia: EU send Humanitarian Air Bridge to deliver life-saving aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Somalia, the EU is launching a Humanitarian Air Bridge, to delivering emergency supplies to hard-to-reach areas which are no longer accessible by road. This will be a major logistics operation, with an estimated 50 to 70 […]

MEPs approve Croatia’s entry into the eurozone

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Tuesday gave a favourable opinion to Croatia’s bid to become the newest member of the eurozone from the 1st January 2023. Parliament, by 539 votes in favour, 45 votes against and 48 abstentions, adopted the report of Siegfried Mureșan (EPP, RO) stating […]

Commission presents new European Innovation Agenda to spearhead the new innovation wave

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a New European Innovation Agenda to position Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. It will help Europe to develop new technologies to address the most pressing societal challenges, and to bring them […]

Black communities in the US will be hardest hit by floods caused by climate change, say scientists

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 risk of flooding in Black US neighbourhoods is predicted to rise at least 20% by 2050, experts are predicting. Scientists based their research on new flood risk maps that detail the […]

Is fungi the most underused resource in the fight against climate change?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content Vast fungal networks below ground play a crucial role in helping forests absorb carbon and limit climate change, scientists say. A project is underway to map these networks, as little is currently […]

Energy Security: Commission welcomes swift adoption of new gas storage rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New storage legislation adopted today will strengthen the EU’s security of gas supply in view of the upcoming and next winters. Faced with the threat of supply disruptions by Russia, the EU Gas Storage Regulation requires that Europe’s gas reserves are refilled before the winter, […]

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 […]

The European Commission recommends to Council confirming Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’s perspective to become members of the EU and provides its opinion on granting them candidate status

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today’s Opinions are based on the Commission’s assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to […]

Taxonomy: MEPs object to Commission’s plan to include gas and nuclear activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs in the two responsible committees objected on Tuesday to the inclusion of nuclear and gas in the list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. In a joint meeting of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee […]

How climate change is causing an insurance crisis in Australia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content Climate change is leading to worsening wildfires and floods in Australia. A new report says insurance will become increasingly unaffordable or unavailable in large parts of the country due to extreme weather. […]

EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission welcomes political agreement on one year extension

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on the extension of the EU Digital COVID Certificate by one year, following the Commission’s proposal. The extension will allow persons to continue using their certificate to […]

Fit for 55: Environment Committee to work on way forward on carbon-pricing laws

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As MEPs rejected the report on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System, three draft laws, part of the Fit For 55 package, are on hold pending political agreement. Draft legislation on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform was referred back to committee […]

Do not approve Polish recovery plan until conditions are met, MEPs warn

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs worry that the Commission’s milestones are not enough and stress that full compliance with EU values is a prerequisite for Recovery and Resilience Facility funding. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 411 votes in favour, 129 against, and 31 abstentions, Parliament expresses […]

Right to safe and legal abortion must be safeguarded, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the backsliding in women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide including in the US and some EU countries, calling for safe access to abortion. Following a plenary debate on Wednesday, MEPs adopted a resolution on Thursday by 364 votes in favour, […]

Vaccine Hesitancy in COVID-19 and what we can do about it

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Muhammad Waleed Chaudhry is currently a 4th year medical student at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He 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 […]

Can science help us understand populism, from ‘malignant manicheism’ to Marine Le Pen?

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 Recent election results in Europe have been interpreted as a reversal for populism. Researchers are trying to gain a fuller understanding of what populism is and how it spreads. […]

Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today proposing an ambitious and sustainable legal migration policy. As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU’s economy, […]

Earth Day: What is it, when is it and why is it important?

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 Earth Day is one of the biggest environmental protest movements on the planet. It began in 1970 and takes place every year on 22 April. Around 1 billion people from more than 190 […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on further measures to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the war in Ukraine rages on, and Ukrainians fight bravely for their country, the European Union steps up once more its support for Ukraine and the sanctions against the aggressor – Putin’s Russia. For the first time ever, the European Union will finance […]