If you’re aged between 17 and 30 and would like help make society a little better, register with the European Solidarity Corps.
On 4 February, Parliament’s culture and education committee voted in favour of new priorities for the European Solidarity Corps' programme for 2021-2027.
The new programme would include humanitarian aid activities outside the EU. It would also make it easier for everyone to join the corps, including people with disabilities, health issues or a migrant background, as well as those living in remote regions. They would be able to join on a part-time basis.
Participants would also be able to join activities in their own country, if these have an international dimension and include volunteers from other countries.
All MEPs will vote on the priorities during the plenary session in March.
About the European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps aims to be the EU's main entry point for young people wanting to volunteer or work on projects to benefit communities and people across Europe.
The idea is to give young people the opportunity to acquire valuable competences for personal, social, civic and professional development, including learning and training, while helping other people.
Projects include education, health, environment protection, work with children and elderly people as well as with migrants and asylum seekers with priority given to charitable work.
The activities should not affect existing jobs or traineeships and contribute to reinforcing companies' corporate social responsibility commitments, but not replace them.
“I think we all know that young people are willing to contribute to the European project to create their own future, be in contact with other people and make society a little better,” said Parliament's lead negotiator Helga Trüpel, a German member of the Greens/EFA group.
On 11 September 2018, MEPs voted in favour of laying down the legal framework for the European Solidarity Corps.
Watch our video to find out more.
It's possible to register for the European Solidarity Corps already at 17, but projects can only be started when participants are over 18.