On November 24th in Rome, in the venue of the European Commission Representation in Italy, took place the launch event of the European Solidarity Corps - Occupational Strand project coordinated by ANPAL.

Beatrice Covassi (European Commission Representative in Italy), Luigi Bobba (Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy) and Maurizio Del Conte (ANPAL President) opened the event, jointly emphasizing the importance of living in the solidarity dimension in order to become promoters of the common good and to share the core values of Europe.

Further, Denis Genton (EC DG Employment) presented the European Program, focusing on the objectives of the project: fighting against unemployment and promoting the development of new professional and transversal skills through mobility work experience in the solidarity sector.
In this regard, as Marinella Colucci (ANPAL - National EURES Coordinator) pointed out, the Italian project contributes to the European objectives by employing 2,000 young Europeans aged 18 to 30 and supporting them and the employers who join the project with various sevices and financial benefits . 

Public and private actors from the third sector and solidarity took part in the event and animated a lively debate on the theme of solidarity as a civic commitment and employment opportunity. Several topics were discussed by Alessandro Lombardi (Ministry of labour and social policies - Third Sector and Social Responsibility Director General Manager), Annarita Guidi (Ministry of labour and social policies - Directorate General Immigration and Integration Policies), Laura Stopponi (Head of the European Office of Caritas Italia), Claudio Gagliardi (Unioncamere, Deputy Secretary-General), Giuseppe Ciccarone (President of the G. Brodolini Foundation) and Silvia Stilli (Forum Third Sector- AOI). The key actors of the round table, in fact, dealt with subsidiarity, solidarity, rights, inclusion and the relationship between economic development, innovation and solidarity.
The launch event of the project, organized by the ANPAL - EURES National Coordination Office, was followed by a large audience, as well as with all the stakeholders who followed the work through the Facebook page Anpal for European Solidarity Corps
and the @AnpalSolidarity Twitter profile.

See also the event’s video and the project's video.