EUR 1.2 Billion Boost Planned for European Solidarity Corps

EUR 1.2 Billion Boost Planned for European Solidarity Corps

If the budget is agreed, up to 350,000 young people across the EU are expected to benefit, with particular emphasis being placed upon volunteering for humanitarian aid operations in non-EU countries and specific activities in the applicant’s home country.

If the budget is agreed, up to 350,000 young people across the EU are expected to benefit, with particular emphasis being placed upon volunteering for humanitarian aid operations in non-EU countries and specific activities in the applicant’s home country.

There will be a concerted effort to ensure disadvantaged young people get a chance to take part.The European Commission plans to set aside €1.26 billion in its budget for 2021-27 to strengthen and broaden the opportunities offered by the European Solidarity Corps, which gives young people a chance to help their communities through volunteering, work placements and training.

Education, Culture, Youth and Sport commissioner Tibor Navracsics said: “We are putting everything in place to enable the European Solidarity Corps to grow into a broad community of people and organisations ready to support those in need across our continent and beyond. Young people, in turn, will gain skills, new friendships, and a strong sense of what it feels like to be European.”

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the creation of a European Solidarity Corps for young people aged 18-30 in his 2016 State of the Union Address and in the past two years 64,000 of them have joined up.

The first phase featured eight different programmes of volunteering, training or job opportunities and plans to give the Corps its own budget and legal framework are currently being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.

A €376.5 million tranche of cash is proposed for the first phase between now and 2020, giving 100,000 young people the chance to develop their skills.

Private or public organisations can propose projects for the European Solidarity Corps, subject to certain criteria being met.

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