Go ahead on European Solidarity Corps 

MEPs will vote on establishing the EU Solidarity Corps (ECS), which will offer volunteering opportunities for young people around the EU.

Once the Council has formally adopted the text, organisations and young people can start applying for projects under the new programme.

The programme is open for participants 17 to 30 years old who can register and apply for activities that can benefit communities and are related to education, health, protecting the environment, disaster prevention, provision of food and non-food items, reception and integration of migrants and asylum seekers. The projects will be run by organisations which are recognized under a “quality label” scheme by the Commission.

An overall budget of 375.6 million euro is dedicated for the 2018-2020 period. The first call for funding is expected to be published before the end of this year. The European Commission proposed an additional budget of €1.26 billion for the budgetary period 2021-2027 for the activities covered by this new programme.

Procedure: Co-decision, first reading agreement

Debate Monday, 10 September

Vote: Tuesday, 11 September