European Commission launches European Solidarity Corps

Created on Monday, 12 December 2016

 

On 7 December, the European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps, just two months after President Juncker announced it and as a first deliverable of the priorities for action identified in the Bratislava Roadmap. As of today, young people between the ages of 18 and 30 can sign up for new opportunities to make an important contribution to society across the EU, and to gain invaluable experience and acquire valuable skills at the start of their career. The Commission is also presenting a series of measures to boost youth employment, improve and modernise education, more investment in skills of young people, and better opportunities to learn and study abroad.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  commented that : "The European Solidarity Corps will create opportunities for young people willing to make a meaningful contribution to society and help show solidarity – something the world and our European Union needs more of. For me, this has always been the very essence of what the European Union is about. It is not the Treaties or industrial or economic interests that bind us together, but our values. And those who work as volunteers are living European values each and every day."  The European Solidarity Corps, give the opportunity to participants to be placed with a project either for volunteering or for a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a job for a period between 2 and 12 months.

Participants will be  engage in a broad range of activities such as education, health, social integration, assistance in the provision of food, shelter construction, reception, support and integration of migrants and refugees, environmental protection or prevention of natural disasters. The aim is to have 100,000 young people joining the European Solidarity Corps by the end of 2020.

The European Solidarity Corps, comes as a response to promoting youth employment. The goal is to give the opportunity to the youth to receive qualifications while engaging in a humanitarian action.

The press release is available here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-4165_en.htm