EU to solidify and formalize solidarity efforts, inviting young people to join.

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced in 2016 the creation of the European Solidarity Corps. The initiative, aimed at offering you people aged 18-30 to take part in solidarity efforts and activities across the union.

Since then, more than 30.000 people have joined the solidarity corps and the first placements of volunteers began back in March.

Currently the management and funding is spread between eight different EU programs. A new proposal by the EU Commission seeks to dedicate funding and management to this.

The Commission is submitting concrete proposals for legislative initiatives to back up the effort, along with a proposed budget of 340 Million euro.

The budget would go to various activities, funding of placement and to back local level volunteer work.

Examples include

  • restoring cultural heritage sites damaged by natural disasters,
  • catering for species threatened by extinction,
  • organizing educational activities in refugee camps, etc.

The initiative is open to project proposals from public and private sector bodies alike and will be implemented by the European Commission. It will help young people to not only contribute, but to build valuable skills and experience which will help them in their personal and professional life

Solidarity is a state of mind that goes to the very heart of what the European Union is about. The Solidarity Corps is that principle personified.

Jean-Claude Juncker

The proposed budget of 340 Million Euro will cover the Solidarity Corps during 2018-2020 and will enable around 100.000 you people to take part by the end of 2020.

The proposal goes before the European Parliament and the European Council before coming into effect. The institutions have promised to deliver on the proposal by the end of the year.

Young people who register for the European Solidarity Corps will need to subscribe to the European Solidarity Corps Mission Statement and its Principles. Registration is easy and can be done on a dedicated webpage via the European Youth Portal on: www.europa.eu/solidarity-corps.

Read the full statement from the EU Commission here

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