Approval of the new regulation of the European Solidarity Corps 2018 - 2020

12/09 2018

Approval of the new regulation of the European Solidarity Corps 2018 - 2020

On 11 September, the European Parliament approved the new regulations governing the European Solidarity Corps, the Community initiative launched in December  2016.

After the first months of work of the pilot projects on the two strands, financed through various programmes, including the one currently being carried out by ANPAL, an overall budget for the period 2018 - 2020 of 375.6 million euros has been approved, 90% of which is allocated to voluntary work and 10% to the employment part of the programme. The European Commission has also already presented a new proposal for the next financial year 2021-2027 which would allocate €1.26 billion to the solidarity initiative.

The commitment to strengthen solidarity in Europe and to open up new prospects for personal and professional development in this field to young people aged between 18 and 30 is therefore confirmed.

New features include a clear and clear distinction between voluntary and work activities, in the form of an employment contract or traineeship, to ensure that no participating organisation uses young people as unpaid volunteers when potential quality jobs are available.

In addition, all participating organisations will have to register and obtain from the appointed National Agencies a "quality label" certifying their ability to offer high quality solidarity activities. This label will be monitored regularly and may be revoked.

Read the full text of the news on the European Parliament's website here.