Reuse systems: in search of a vision for tackling plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva We’re at a critical moment. The planet faces strains across its boundaries and 175 governments are about to kick off negotiations in […]

This is the current state of the ozone layer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content Back in the early 1980s, the fashion was for big hairdos held in place by clouds of hairspray. What few people realised at the time, was that maintaining those gravity-defying styles was […]

Blockchain gaming under the microscope part 4: what lies ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abhimanyu Kumar, Co-Founder, Naavik, Alice Liu, Head of Research, CoinMarketCap Research This four-part series dives deep into the recently published 2022 Blockchain Gaming Report to distill the key insights for readers. The first part looked at the potential […]

Deal on new rules to protect consumers from taking on too much debt

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs reached a provisional deal with Council on new measures protecting consumers from credit card debt, overdrafts and loans unsuitable for their financial situation. On Friday morning, negotiators from Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement to update the EU’s rules on consumer […]

Climate change has cost the EU €145 billion in a decade

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 If you live in Europe, and think it’s hotter now than when you were younger, you’re right. Temperatures in the region have increased at more than twice the global average over the […]

To fill the cybersecurity skills gap, the sector needs to boost diversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Renée Tarun, Deputy CISO/Vice President Information Security, Fortinet In the cybersecurity industry, there are currently two major issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible: first, the global cybersecurity skills gap; and second, the lack of […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Lagardère by Vivendi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Lagardère by Vivendi. The Commission is concerned that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition on a number of markets across the entire book value chain […]

Sustainable change needs to happen from the inside out. Here’s why that needs investment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Costas Papaikonomou, Co-Founder, UnaTerra Today, the number of impact-driven startups and scale-ups with noble intentions of improving the planet are plentiful, as are their ideas for clean alternatives to dirty technologies and innovations. But unfortunately, many of these […]

Why Cambodia is investing in human development to manage uncertainty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alissar Chaker, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia, Ivan Gonzalez de Alba, Senior Economist, United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia The COVID-19 pandemic created widespread challenges, which were compounded by the war in Ukraine. These shocks […]

Make it easier for 11 million EU citizens to participate in European elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopted a series of proposals to reinforce the right of mobile EU citizens to vote and stand in European elections in the EU country in which they reside. The Constitutional Affairs Committee adopted its draft proposals to make European elections “more accessible, more […]

European Green Deal: Putting an end to wasteful packaging, boosting reuse and recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules on packaging, to tackle this constantly growing source of waste and of consumer frustration. On average, each European generates almost 180 kg of packaging waste per year. Packaging is one of the main users of virgin […]

Why ‘fire drills’ are key for cybersecurity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum, Abhinav Chugh, Content and Partnerships Lead, Expert Network and Content Partners, World Economic Forum Industry experts are urging organizations across sectors to prepare for cyber attacks. The call to action comes […]

How trade can help end plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Soumyajit Kar, Specialist, Sustainable Trade, World Economic Forum Government representatives are currently meeting in Uruguay to kickstart the first Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) on reaching an internationally binding treaty to end plastic pollution that the United Nations Environment […]

Ukraine: Commission presents options to make sure that Russia pays for its crimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission presented today different options to Member States to make sure that Russia is held accountable for the atrocities and crimes committed during the war in Ukraine. The Commission is proposing to create a new structure to manage frozen and immobilised public Russian […]

WTO panel rules against Indonesia’s export limitations on raw materials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU welcomes the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) clear ruling confirming that Indonesia’s export ban and domestic processing requirement on nickel ore violates WTO rules. The WTO panel report was made public today. The WTO panel upheld all EU claims against Indonesia. First of […]

12 ecopreneurs restoring land and livelihoods in the Sahel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kaya Bülbül, Digital Producer, World Economic Forum, Gianluca Gygax, Community Specialist, Uplink, 1t.org The Sahel region of Africa is one of the regions on Earth that is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Already, millions of […]

Hybrid working: Why your company should embrace digital soft skills

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matias Acosta, CEO, Shaping Horizons, Alumni, Global Shapers Community At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly nine in 10 (87%) of workers lacked cognitive, interpersonal, and leadership soft skills for the future labour market. Now, as the […]

e-Evidence: Commission welcomes political agreement to strengthen cross-border access for criminal investigations

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 new rules for sharing of e-evidence across the EU. This agreement will lead to  the formal adoption of a Directive and a Regulation to govern […]

COP15: the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States call for an ambitious global agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP15 meeting in Montréal, from 7 to 19 December the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) will support the adoption of an ambitious, comprehensive and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework to halt […]

Intellectual property: New rules will make industrial designs quicker, cheaper and more predictable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is presenting revised rules that will make it cheaper, quicker and more predictable to protect industrial designs across the EU. An industrial design constitutes the outer appearance of a product characterised by its lines, contours or shape. The proposals for a revised […]

Drone Strategy 2.0: Creating a large-scale European drone market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Drone Strategy 2.0, adopted today by the Commission, sets out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. It builds on the EU’s safety framework for operating and setting the technical requirements of drones, which is the world’s most […]

These 4 cities are encouraging people to protect biodiversity. 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 Half of the world’s population lives in cities. That is projected to grow to two-thirds, or almost seven billion people by 2050. Rapid urbanization poses a threat to wildlife and nature. Around […]

How Web3’s ‘programmable commerce layer’ will transform the global economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Banon, Co-Founder, Boson Protocol, Jason Potts, Professor of Economics, RMIT University, Sinclair Davidson The world economy is in the early stages of a profound transition from an industrial to a digital economy. The industrial revolution began in […]

Decarbonizing real estate: How to price the net zero transition to avoid a ‘carbon bubble’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kalin Bracken, Lead, Real Estate, World Economic Forum Real estate is the largest asset class in the world and it’s also one of the most significant contributors to global carbon emissions. As recognition of the existential threat of […]

Deal on EU rules to better protect online shoppers and vulnerable consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The agreed rules aim to ensure that all kinds of products in the EU, whether sold online or in traditional shops, comply with the highest safety requirements. On Monday night, negotiators from Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement to update the EU’s […]

Air quality in Europe is improving, and the other climate change stories you need to read this week

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 1. News in brief: Top climate change stories to read this week Air quality in Europe is improving, but it still poses high risks according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Exposure […]

Digital skills: How businesses and policymakers can respond to future demand in the labour market

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sander van ‘t Noordende, CEO, Randstad Group, Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD Digital technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and cloud computing are fundamentally reshaping the world of work. The […]

Parliament approves €18 billion loan for Ukraine for 2023

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs approved an €18 billion loan to support Ukraine during Russia’s war against the country. The €18 billion will cover roughly half of the estimated €3-4 billion monthly funding Ukraine needs in 2023. The money will go to supporting essential public services […]

MEPs vote not to accept passports issued by Russia in occupied areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament has endorsed a decision not to accept passports and other travel documents issued by Russia in illegally-occupied regions of Ukraine and Georgia. Parliament approved the agreement with Council on the non-acceptance of travel documents issued by Russia in occupied Ukrainian regions […]

InvestEU: European Commission and Council of Europe Development Bank sign agreement to mobilise €500 million in financing for social investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) have signed an InvestEU guarantee agreement worth up to €159 million. This makes the CEB an InvestEU implementing partner and will mobilise around €500 million in additional loans for social projects. It represents […]

6 ways the pharmaceutical industry can reduce its climate impact

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jayasree K. Iyer, CEO, Access to Medicine Foundation Health and climate are inextricably linked, from the impact of extreme weather on food security to air pollution due to wildfires or the growing spread of infectious diseases. Wherever we […]

Violence Against Women: The European Union establishes an EU-wide helpline number and calls to end violence against women worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice President, Josep Borrell issued the following statement: “Violence against women happens in every country. The facts are shocking – in the EU and […]

Mergers: Commission clears ALD’s acquisition of LeasePlan, 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 LeasePlan by ALD. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by ALD. ALD and LeasePlan are leading suppliers of operational leasing and related management services, in the […]