"There are many young people in Europe who are interested in social issues and who are willing to make a significant contribution to society through solidarity. We can create opportunities for them to do so... Solidarity is the glue that holds the Union together."

(J-C. Juncker, State of the Union Address, Brussels, 14 September 2016)

The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union Initiative launched during the State of the Union Speech by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on 14 September 2016.

The aim of the initiative is to help young Europeans to broaden their job prospects and to increase their sense of belonging to the "Europe" project through the spirit of solidarity. The European Solidarity Corps was launched in December 2016, confirming the great importance that the European Commission attaches to this initiative as an excellent opportunity for young people to enter the labour market and become an integral part of civil society.

The Initiative supports projects and experiences of volunteering on the one hand and work, apprenticeship and apprenticeship on the other. It is funded through various Community programmes, including the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2014 - 2020.

Public and private bodies can participate in the implementation of the Initiative by responding to calls for proposals which are published periodically under the various European Commission programmes. For information and upcoming deadlines, please consult the European Commission's factsheet.