Digital workers: better working conditions and protection of rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs voted on measures to improve conditions for workers on digital labour platforms, particularly on their employment status and automated systems monitoring their work. The Employment Committee adopted on Monday a draft negotiating mandate on new rules to improve the working conditions in platform […]

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 […]

5 ways to tackle greenwashing, according to UN experts

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 This blog has been written using 100% renewable materials, has generated zero emissions and protected the rainforests! Of course that’s not true but neither are many similar claims and the United Nations […]

EU-Australia Leaders’ Meeting 2022: Joint press release

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Joint press release by the Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Russia / Ukraine Climate change, environment, and energy transition Indo-Pacific Trade Agreement and economic […]

The 1973 energy crisis sparked the idea for the IEA. What have we learned since then?

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 Today’s energy crisis is far from the world’s first – an oil embargo in 1973 led to fuel rationing and a global recession. That resulted in the creation of the International Energy […]

This is how businesses are driving digital inclusion and closing the skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content “Insufficient internal skills” is a problem for employers trying to find digital expertise. A report by BT – a British multinational telecommunications company – has found that the skills gap in the […]

Inequality is not confined to humans. Animals are divided by privilege, too

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 Inequality is a threat to our social fabric, but it’s not just a human problem. A new study shows the animal kingdom is riven by privilege and inequality. For some species, being […]

Protecting media freedom from malicious lawsuits: press conference after EP vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the co-rapporteurs of the Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees will present Parliament’s proposals to curb the use of legal actions to silence critical voices. Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Tiemo Wölken (S&D, DE) will hold a press conference on their report […]

The COVID vaccine market is worth at least $150 billion. Can we stop it being flooded with fakes?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arnaud Bernaert, Head, Health Security Solutions, SICPA Countries all over the world are reporting the sale of fake, or misleadingly labelled, vaccines. Counterfeit COVID vaccines are part of the rapidly increasing worldwide trade in fake medicines that poses […]

Forest fires: European Commission is stepping up its preparations for the forest fire season 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To be prepared for any large-scale wild fires this season, the European Commission has set up a strengthened European fleet of 11 firefighting planes and 6 helicopters hosted across Member States under the rescEU system. The Commission also issued guidelines to Member States to […]

Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The cumulative EU foreign direct investment (FDI) flows from the EU to China over the last 20 years have reached more than €140 billion. For Chinese FDI into the EU the figure is almost €120 billion. EU FDI in China remains relatively modest with […]

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Fitbit by Google, 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 acquisition of Fitbit by Google. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Google. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We can approve the […]

Team Europe: The European Union disburses €25 million to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis in The Gambia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union disbursed €25 million of budget support for The Gambia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the Team Europe global package, these funds contribute to the recovery from the pandemic and also support the transition towards democracy and medium-term […]

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards. The Commission wishes to ensure the highest level […]

Foreign investment to be screened to protect EU countries’ strategic interests

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New tools to check that foreign investment in EU countries does not threaten their security or public order were approved by the Trade Committee on Monday. Trade MEPs backed plans to set up a mechanism to screen foreign direct investment (FDI) in a transparent, […]