Young, European, solidary
More than 42,000 young people from all member states have signed up for the European Solidarity Corps since the European Commission launched the programme one year ago. Almost 2,200 of them have already started their placements.
In August 2017, the first group of volunteers arrived in Norcia, Italy, which was hit by severe earthquakes a year earlier. They helped with the on-going efforts to repair damage and rebuild social services for the local community.
"I am delighted that so many young people around Europe believe in solidarity and are committed to volunteering, training or working to support others," says Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. "We now need to see a swift adoption of the dedicated legal base and budget for the coming years to make the potential benefits of the European Solidarity Corps a reality," he adds.
At the moment, the Council and the European Parliament are discussing a recommendation from the European Commission to reinforce the European Solidarity Corps. Plans call for giving it its own budget and legal base, and broadening its activities. The proposal includes a budget of €341.5 million for the years 2018–2020 and a dedicated legal base.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the creation of the European Solidarity Corps in 2016. It offers young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to participate in a wide range of solidarity activities across the EU. The aim is to have 100,000 young people taking part by the end of 2020.