European Solidarity Corps takes shape
13 April, 2017
The European Solidarity Corps is further taking shape. So far 24,000 young Europeans have registered to engage in solidarity activities across Europe, and authorised organisations can now access the database and look for suitable candidates for their projects, the EU press service reported. Several hundred places will be available as of spring, with thousands more to follow in the months ahead. The objective is to have 100,000 young people joining the Corps by the end of 2020.
In parallel, the Commission is preparing a legislative proposal for adoption in the first half of 2017 to create a dedicated legal base for the European Solidarity Corps. As part of this process, the Commission has launched both a public consultation as well as targeted consultations with key stakeholders involved in youth work in the EU. Last Thursday, a Stakeholder Forum was held in Brussels with the participation of MEPs, Council representatives, youth organisations, representatives of national Erasmus+ agencies, employers and trade union representatives.
The Solidarity Corps initiative, needs proper legislation and funding, MEPs said in a resolution passed on 6 April. Its funding should under no circumstances be at the expense of the Erasmus+ or other EU programmes, they added. They urged the Commission to take account of the strong interest in the initiative so far.