The European Solidarity Corps needs a dedicated budget
In December 2016, the EU Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps, which enables young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to take part in solidarity activities. Although more than 24,000 participants have already registered for the scheme, the EU Commission will only adopt a proposal on its legal basis and its budget in May. In preparation of this legislation, the Commission consulted relevant stakeholders about their views and expectations on the new youth programme.
In its contribution, COMECE puts forward five recommendations:
(1) Identify clear objectives for the Solidarity Corps
(2) Provide additional funding and a separate legal basis
(3) Incorporate the Solidarity Corps in a wider strategy on volunteering
(4) Keep a clear distinction between volunteering and employment
(5) Ensure simplified access to funding so that also small organisations can take part in the scheme
COMECE will continue monitoring the topic and discuss its position with EU representatives, youth organisations, and other civil society actors at the upcoming EU Stakeholder Forum on 12 April 2017.