March 1, 2019 10:30 am
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer (ex European Voluntary Service program) and work in a wide range of projects including: education, health, environment protection, work with children and elderly people as well as with migrants and asylum seekers with priority given to charitable work.
On 4 February 2019, Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee voted in favour of new priorities for the European Solidarity Corps’ programme for 2021-2027.
The new programme would include humanitarian aid activities outside the EU. It would also make it easier for anyone to join the corps, including people with disabilities and health problems as well as those living in remote regions. Participants would also be able to join activities in their own country, if these have an international dimension and include volunteers from other countries.
The idea is to give young people the opportunity to acquire valuable competences for personal, social, civic and professional development, including learning and training, while helping other people.
The main objective of the programme is to involve young people in the construction of a more inclusive society, which supports the most vulnerable social sectors, and which is capable of facing the future challenges of the European community.
All MEPs will vote on the priorities during the plenary session in March 2019.
Written by Marta Guillén Martínez – Communication Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament (Luxembourg). She holds a Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alicante, Spain and she did her European Voluntary Service on communication and European youth mobility in Milan, Italy. She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian.
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