Which priorities should a global plastic pollution treaty focus on? 5 leaders weigh in

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 The United Nations Environment Assembly made history in March 2022, by adopting a resolution setting up the path to a legally binding […]

EU digital acts: MEPs to visit tech companies in Silicon Valley, US

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A delegation from the Internal Market Committee will travel to Silicon Valley to meet with leading tech companies including Google, Meta, Apple, Airbnb, eBay, Paypal and Uber. From 23 to 27 May, an Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee delegation will go to the […]

EU disburses €600 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed €600 million in Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. Following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion, this urgent financial support helps Ukraine address its acute financing gap related to its exceptional humanitarian and defence needs. […]

Member States, workers and employers agree on the need to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, Member States, workers and employers in the EU Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) reached an agreement on the need to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease in health and social care and in domiciliary assistance and, in a pandemic […]

Russian war crimes in Ukraine: Commission welcomes European Parliament’s adoption of Eurojust’s reinforced mandate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Parliament adopted the Commission’s proposal to reinforce Eurojust’s mandate to collect and preserve evidence of war crimes. Following the provisional agreement by the EU Ambassadors yesterday, it would now be for EU Ministers to formally adopt the amended Eurojust Regulation before […]

EU Justice Scoreboard 2022: ten years of monitoring the effectiveness of justice systems

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has published the tenth edition of the 2022 EU Justice Scoreboard, an established annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in the Member States. For the first time, this year’s Scoreboard also includes […]

How important are the determinants of health in modifying trust in vaccines?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Francesco Rosiello who deals with CBRN emergencies, disaster medicine, healthy cities, medical intelligence, health simulations and Health Technology Assessment, International Humanitarian Law and Disasters one. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Ukraine: MEPs want a special international tribunal for crimes of aggression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The special international tribunal should investigate Russian leaders and military commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. In the resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament calls on the EU to take all necessary action in international proceedings and courts to support […]

EU must strengthen support for citizens and businesses and help for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for funding to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, by confiscating Russian oligarchs’ assets, new EU own resources, and using the existing EU budget fully. Adopting a resolution on the economic and social consequences for the EU of Russia’s […]

Social Climate Fund to help those most affected by energy and mobility poverty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament committees back setting up a new fund to help vulnerable citizens cope with the increased costs of the energy transition. The committees on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) adopted today, with 107 votes […]

Partnerships for Regional Innovation: 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected for Pilot Action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission announced the 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected in the pilot project for Partnerships for Regional Innovation, an initiative developed together with the Committee of the Regions. Participants in the pilot action are open to share good practices […]

EIB Board approves €4 billion credit line along with the EMBRACE Advisory Platform to support the integration of refugees from Ukraine in EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The €4 billion credit line aims to support EU Member States hosting people fleeing from Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine and to develop vital public infrastructure for refugees and host communities. The Board approval follows the EIB’s pledge at the global fundraising event “Stand […]

Identifying barriers to mass immunisation against COVID-19 in Pakistan: A lower-middle-income vaccine-hesitant country

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Farah Waseem, a fourth-year medical student currently studying at the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD), Lahore, Pakistan. 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 […]

8 climate change records the world smashed in 2021

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 A new report from the World Meteorological Organization details how climate change broke new records in 2021. There were record-breaking heat waves, droughts and hurricanes. Sea levels globally reached a new record […]

“Moldova belongs in the European Union” says President Maia Sandu

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called on EU countries to rally behind her country’s European aspirations. In her address to MEPs in Brussels, President Sandu outlined how Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine had echoes of Europe’s […]

Explainer: What is a yield curve and why does it matter right now?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content A key bond market signal – the US yield curve – is displaying warning signs. A yield curve is a visual representation of bond investors’ feelings about risk. 2-year US Treasury yields […]

GCC: EU unveils Strategic Partnership with the Gulf

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the High Representative and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication on a ‘Strategic Partnership with the Gulf’ with the aim to broaden and deepen the European Union (EU)’s cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its Member countries. High Representative/Vice-President, Josep […]

Climate change: MEPs push for accelerated EU action and energy independence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs adopt their position on key EU draft laws to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030 and to protect jobs and citizens. On Tuesday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted five […]

Millions of India’s smallholder farmers could soon access carbon credits — that’s good for them and the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dhruv Sawhney, COO and Business Head, nurture.farm Farming sustains half of India’s 1.4 billion population but is also a major contributor of greenhouse gases and pollution. Tech-fuelled initiatives are helping to sink and offset India’s sizeable carbon in […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the fashion sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 17 May the European Commission has started unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the fashion industry in several Member States. In parallel, the Commission has sent out formal requests for information to several companies active in the fashion sector. The […]

Vaccine hesitancy in COVID-19: how can we approach it with efficient communication strategies?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erick Enock Magese, a Tanzanian 4th year medical student at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences located in Mwanza, Tanzania. 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 […]

What is a Consumer Price Index 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: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content A Consumer Price Index (CPI) records the price of a wide range of goods and services in a country to keep track of inflation. It can include anything from a loaf of […]

European Green Bond Standard: new measures to reduce green washing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs seek to better regulate the green bond market, improve its supervision, reduce greenwashing, and add clarity when money goes to gas or nuclear. On Monday, MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted their negotiation position on the Regulation on European green […]

How digitalization of industries can empower humanity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice-President; Head, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson 5G can play a pivotal role in transforming industries to be more flexible, productive and sustainable. But the digital evolution will also affect human work – […]

Investing in education could add $2.54 trillion to the global economy: ‘Playful learning’ is key

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair, Learning through Play, The LEGO Foundation When education was massively disrupted by COVID-19, many children were already facing disruption posed by climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To enable children to thrive, society […]

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports set for fast-track approval

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The International Trade Committee gave their green light on Monday for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy. MEPs in the International Trade Committee approved a proposal of the temporary trade liberalisation of Ukrainian products, […]

Vaccine Hesitancy and the Strategies to Address it

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Daniel Gizaw, a 22-year-old 5th year medical student at Addis Ababa University and resides in Ethiopia. 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 do […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: strengthening our renewed partnership in turbulent times

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and the US have today reaffirmed their close cooperation to address global trade and technology challenges in line with their shared commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights. Meeting at the second Ministerial Meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in […]

Digital Markets Act: EP committee endorses agreement with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Digital Markets Act sets obligations for large online platforms acting as “gatekeepers” and enables the Commission to sanction non-compliant behaviour. On Monday, Parliament’s Internal Market Committee endorsed the provisionally reached agreement with EU governments on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) with 43 votes […]

Commission proposes to further reinforce key rules for EU budget management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed targeted adjustments to the European Union’s financial rules, known as the Financial Regulation. The main objective of the proposal is to align existing rules with the current long-term budget 2021-2027, and make further improvements to the already existing very […]

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has posed new challenges, just as the Union had recovered from the economic impacts of the pandemic. By exerting further […]

EU allocates €25 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU announces today €25 million in humanitarian aid to meet the basic needs of vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Over 2 million Palestinian women, children and men in the Occupied Territories and Gaza Strip are in need of […]

Coronavirus: Commission secures an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer to adapt delivery schedules to Member States’ needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the vaccine developers, BioNTech and Pfizer, reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the months ahead. This will ensure Member States have access to the vaccines when they need them – including future […]