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PE 610.547v02-00 A8-0060/2018

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

(COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD))

Committee on Culture and Education

Rapporteur: Helga Trüpel

Rapporteurs for the opinions (*) :

Brando Benifei, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Eleonora Forenza, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

* Associated committees - Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
 OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgets
 OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development
 OPINION of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

(COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0262),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Articles 165(4) and 166(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8-0162/2017),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to its resolution on the European Solidarity Corps of 6 April 2017, No. 2017/2585(RSP)(1),

–  having regard to the reasoned opinions submitted, within the framework of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, by the Czech Senate, the Spanish Parliament and the Portuguese Parliament, asserting that the draft legislative act does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity,

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 19 October 2017(2),

–  having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of...(3),

–  having regard to the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (PAVE) document and the related EYV2011 5 year review from 2015, “Helping Hands”;

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Culture and Education and the opinions of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on Regional Development and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A8-0060/2018),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Proposal for a

Proposal for a

REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity and Voluntary Service and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

 

(This amendment applies throughout the text, with the exception of recitals 2,3, 38a and 38b. Adopting it will necessitate corresponding changes throughout.)

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1)  The European Union is built on solidarity, among its citizens and among its Member States. This common value guides its actions and provides the necessary unity to cope with current and future societal challenges, which young Europeans are willing to help address by expressing their solidarity in practice.

(1)  Solidarity, among Union citizens and among EU Member States, is one of the universal values on which the European Union is built. This common value guides its actions, provides the necessary unity to cope with current and future societal challenges, which young Europeans are willing to help address by expressing their solidarity in practice, and stimulates young people’s interest in the common European project. The principle of solidarity is enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union and in the preamble of the Charter on Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2)  The State of the Union address of 14 September 2016 emphasized the need to invest in young people and announced the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps with a view to creating opportunities for young people across the Union to make a meaningful contribution to society, show solidarity and develop their skills, thus getting not only work but also invaluable human experience.

(2)  The State of the Union address of 14 September 2016 emphasised the need to invest in young people and announced the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps with a view to creating opportunities for young people across the Union to make a meaningful contribution to society, show solidarity and develop their skills, competences and knowledge thus gaining an invaluable human experience, which is also key for the emergence of an active and engaged Union citizenship.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a)  The European Solidarity and Voluntary Service (ESVS) is aimed to be an advancement towards a comprehensive policy agenda for volunteering in the Union based on the outcomes of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2b)  The Union and the Member States should, on principle, undertake to establish arrangements that make involvement in the European Solidarity and Voluntary Service (ESVS) as attractive as possible.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  In its Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 201618, the Commission emphasised the need to strengthen the foundations for solidarity work across Europe, to provide young people with more and better opportunities for solidarity activities covering a broad range of areas, and to support national and local actors, in their efforts to cope with different challenges and crises. The Communication launched a first phase of the European Solidarity Corps whereby different Union programmes have been mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship or job opportunities to young people across the EU. These activities, whether implemented before or after the entry into force of this Regulation, should continue to apply the rules and conditions set by the respective Union programmes that have financed them under the first phase of the European Solidarity Corps.

(3)  In its Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 201618, the Commission emphasised the need to strengthen the foundations for solidarity work across Europe, to provide young people with more and better opportunities for high quality solidarity activities covering a broad range of areas, and to support national regional and local actors, in their efforts to cope with different challenges and crises. The Communication launched a first phase of what was then called the European Solidarity Corps whereby different Union programmes have been mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship or job opportunities to young people across the Union. These activities, whether implemented before or after the entry into force of this Regulation, should continue to apply the rules and conditions set by the respective Union programmes that have financed them under the first phase of what was then called the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a)  Solidarity means a sense of responsibility on the part of everyoneτο with regard to everyone to commit oneself to the common good, which is expressed through concrete actions without consideration of return service.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities while acquiring useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers.

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in high quality solidarity activities, which would bring positively affect society while also enabling them to express their commitment in solidarity with, and to the benefit of, local communities and to enhance social cohesion, while acquiring useful experience, knowledge skills and competences for, first and foremost, their personal development, thus boosting their self-esteem, autonomy and motivation to learn, as well as stimulating their educational, social , artistic, linguistic, cultural , civic and professional development. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees or employees in accordance with national labour mobility law.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4a)  Special attention should be paid to multilingualism because some of the solidarity placements will be cross-border in nature.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, in the sense that they should respond to unmet societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and competences, be financially acceessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions.

(5)   The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, in the sense that they should help to overcome significant, clearly identified societal challenges and respond to significant, clearly identified needs and contribute to strengthening local or national communities and social cohesion and to enhancing active citizenship. Solidarity activities should respond to personal needs and contribute to the professional development of participants, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge, skills and competences, be financially sustainable and effectively accessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions. Solidarity activities should guarantee a geographical balance and the effective inclusion of, and accessibility for, in particular, disadvantaged young people. Solidarity activities should never replace corporate social responsibility policies or have a negative impact on existing jobs or traineeships.

Amendement    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendement

 

(5a)  The ESVS should provide young people with an opportunity to gain invaluable experience, develop their skills and contribute to society, involving more and better opportunities covering a broad range of activities, while at the same time providing access to proper training, followed by formal recognition of the skills and experience gained.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)   The European Solidarity Corps would provide a single entry point for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States to support young people and ease their school-to-work transition under the Youth Guarantee19 by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, should also be ensured. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

(6)  The ESVS would provide a main entry point for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes and should not jeopardise the financing of the existing relevant programmes in the area of solidarity. The ESVS should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service and Youth in Action. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes and the ESVS should be ensured, in particular with solidarity, volunteering, civil service and mobility schemes for young people operating at national, regional or local level. It should be ensured that the ESVS remains free from discrimination based on gender, social or economic considerations, and it should build on good practices where appropriate. The ESVS should not substitute national schemes. Access for all young people to national solidarity activities should be guaranteed in all Member States by means of adequate legal frameworks and national resources. Partnerships with European networks which are specialised in certain urgent social problems which are insufficiently tackled by Member States such as extreme poverty, homelesness, destitution among minorities, such as Roma Communities and the exclusion of asylum seekers, should be established.

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19 Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee (2013/C 120/01).

 

Amendement    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendement

(6a)  Solidarity placements, projects and networking activities in the field of agriculture and rural development, offer young people a unique opportunity to exchange best practices.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the concerned programmes. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the beneficiaries should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the ESVS, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the ESVS by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the programmes concerned with a view to securing greater involvement of young people, civil society, and existing volunteering schemes in Member States. Once they have obtained a valid ESVS quality label, the participating organisations should be given access to the ESVS portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8)  The European Solidarity Corps should open up new opportunities for young people to carry out volunteering, traineeship or job placements in solidarity-related areas as well as to devise and develop solidarity projects based on their own initiative. Those opportunities should contribute to enhancing their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development. The European Solidarity Corps should also support networking activities for European Solidarity Corps participants and organisations as well as measures to ensure the quality of the supported activities and to enhance the validation of their learning outcomes.

(8)  The ESVS should open up new opportunities for young people to carry out volunteering, traineeship or job placements in solidarity-related areas as well as to devise and develop solidarity projects based on their own initiative. Those opportunities should help respond to unmet societal needs and contribute to strengthening communities and should contribute to enhancing the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of young people. The ESVS should also support networking activities for ESVS participants and organisations as well as measures to ensure the quality of the supported activities and to enhance the validation of their learning outcomes. It should also contribute to supporting and strengthening existing organisations implementing solidarity actions.

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9)  Voluntary activities constitute a rich experience in a non-formal and informal learning context which enhances young people's personal, socio-educational and development, active citizenship and employability. Voluntary activities should not have an adverse effect on potential or existing paid employment, nor should they be seen as a substitute for it. In order to ensure continuity with respect to the volunteering activities that are supported at Union level, the volunteering activities under the European Voluntary Service that fall within the geographical scope of the European Solidarity Corps should be supported by the latter in the form of cross-border volunteering placements. The other volunteering activities under the European Voluntary Service that do not fall under the geographical scope of the European Solidarity Corps should continue to be supported under the Programme established by Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport20. With respect to the interpretation of related legislation at Union level, both the cross-border volunteering placements under the European Solidarity Corps and the volunteering activities that continue to be supported under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should be considered equivalent to those carried out under the European Voluntary Service.

(9)  Voluntary activities constitute a rich experience in a formal and non-formal learning context which enhances young people’s personal, socio-educational development and active citizenship. However, given the cross-sectoral nature of solidarity-related activities, the different status of non-profit entities and organisations potentially involved into those activities, and the socio-economic significance of the solidarity sector in the Union, provisions should be included in this Regulation to ensure that voluntary activities do not have an adverse effect on potential or existing paid employment, and solidarity activities should not be seen or effectively deployed as a substitute for it. For that reason, solidarity placements in the form of volunteering should be exclusively offered by participating organisations that operate from the non-profit sector, foundations and social enterprises.

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20 Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No 1719/2006/EC, No 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC, OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 50.

 

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10)  Traineeships and jobs in solidarity-related areas can offer additional opportunities for young people to make a start on the labour market while contributing to addressing key societal challenges. This can help foster the employability and productivity of young people while easing their transition from education to employment, which is key to enhancing their chances on the labour market. The traineeship placements offered under the European Solidarity Corps should be remunerated by the participating organisation and follow the quality principles outlined in the Council Recommendation on establishing a Quality Framework for Traineeships of 10 March 201421. The traineeships and jobs offered should constitute a stepping stone for young people to enter the labour market and should therefore be accompanied by adequate post-placement support. The traineeship and job placements should be facilitated by relevant labour market actors, in particular public and private employment services, social partners and Chambers of Commerce. As participating organisations, they should be able to apply for funding via the competent implementing structure of the European Solidarity Corps in view of intermediating between the young participants and employers offering traineeship and job placements in solidarity sectors.

(10)  The ESVS should also provide for a framework for traineeships and jobs in solidarity-related areas to help build social, economic and civic cohesion. Traineeships and jobs should be clearly separate from voluntary activities, both from a financial and organisational point of view, as they can offer different and additional opportunities for young people to make a start and can increase their chances on the labour market and career prospects while contributing to addressing key societal challenges. Traineeships and jobs should never lead to job substitution. Remunerated traineeships and jobs, however, can represent an incentive for disadvantaged young people and those with fewer opportunities to participate in solidarity-related activities that they might not otherwise be able to access. Traineeship placements can ease the transition of young people from education to employment, which is key to achieving their sustainable integration into the labour market. The traineeship placements offered under the ESVS should always be remunerated by the participating organisation and should follow the quality principles outlined in the Council Recommendation on establishing a Quality Framework for Traineeships of 10 March 201421. Traineeship placements should, moreover, be distinguished from voluntary work and based on a written agreement concluded at the beginning of the traineeship between the trainee and the participating organisation. Such written agreements should indicate the educational and training objectives, the working conditions and the duration of the traineeship, the remuneration of the trainee and the rights and obligations of the parties under the applicable national law, applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the traineeship takes place. Traineeship placements offered should constitute a stepping stone for young people to enter the labour market and should not substitute jobs. Traineeship placements should be temporary and should have a reasonable duration as defined in this Regulation. Job placements should be based on a written contract and should respect all the terms and conditions of employment as defined in national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the job is carried out. Financial support to participating organisations offering job placements should not exceed twelve months. Traineeships and jobs should be clearly distinguished, in terms of funding and substance, from voluntary activities, and should therefore be accompanied by adequate preparation, on-the-job training and post-placement support in relation to the participation of the participant in the ESVS The traineeship and job placements should be facilitated by relevant labour market actors, in particular public and private employment services, social partners and Chambers of Commerce. As participating organisations, they should be able to apply for funding via the competent implementing structure of the ESVS in view of intermediating between the young participants and employers offering traineeship and job placements in solidarity sectors.

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21 Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, OJ C 88, 27.3.2014, p. 1.

21 Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, OJ C 88, 27.3.2014, p. 1.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11)  Young people’s spirit of initiative is an important asset for society and for the labour market. The European Solidarity Corps should contribute to fostering this aspect by offering young people the opportunity to devise and implement their own projects aimed at addressing specific challenges to the benefit of their local communities. Those projects should be an opportunity to try out ideas and support young people to be themselves drivers of solidarity actions. They could also serve as a springboard for further engagement in solidarity activities and could be a first step towards encouraging European Solidarity Corps participants to engage in self-employment or setting up associations, NGOs or other bodies active in the solidarity, non-profit and youth sectors.

(11)  Young people’s spirit of initiative is an important asset for society. The ESVS should contribute to fostering this aspect by offering young people the opportunity to devise and implement their own projects aimed at addressing specific challenges in solidarity with, and to the benefit of, local communities, particularly communities located in rural, isolated or marginalised areas. Those projects should be an opportunity for young people to develop innovative solutions and to try out ideas in a sustainable way and to experience being the drivers of solidarity actions. They could also serve as a springboard for further engagement in solidarity activities and could be a first step towards encouraging ESVS participants to engage in social entrepreneurship or as volunteers in associations, NGOs, youth organisations or other bodies active in the solidarity, non-profit and youth sectors and the setting up of their own associations. Necessary support should be given to young people and youth and student organisations in order to ensure that they can effectively develop the solidarity activities. Post-placement support could include support and advice to participants interested in setting-up and piloting associations, cooperatives, social enterprises, youth organisations and community-centres.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12)  Young people and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps should feel that they belong to a community of individuals and entities committed to enhancing solidarity across Europe. At the same time, participating organisations need support to strengthen their capacities to offer good quality placements to an increasing number of participants. The European Solidarity Corps should support networking activities aimed at strengthening young people and participating organisations’ engagement in this community, at fostering a European Solidarity Corps spirit, as well as at encouraging the exchange of useful practices and experience. Those activities should also contribute to raising awareness about the European Solidarity Corps among public and private actors as well as to collect feedback from participants and participating organisations on the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps.

(12)  Young people and organisations participating in the ESVS should feel that they belong to a community of individuals and entities committed to enhancing solidarity across Europe and beyond. At the same time, participating non-profit organisations of a general interest character or with a social aim need support to strengthen their capacities to offer good quality placements to an increasing number of participants. The ESVS should support networking activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of young people and participating non profit organisations’ engagement in this community, encouraging the exchange of useful solidarity practices and experience. Those activities should also contribute to raising awareness about solidarity among public and private actors, such as non- profit entities with a social aim as well as to collecting feedback from participants and participating organisations on the implementation of the ESVS.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13)  Particular attention should be paid to ensuring the quality of the placements and other opportunities offered under the European Solidarity Corps, in particular by offering training, language support, insurance, administrative and post-placement support to participants as well as the validation of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through their European Solidarity Corps experience.

(13)  Particular attention should be paid to ensuring the quality of the placements and other opportunities offered under the ESVS, in particular by offering online and offline training andlanguage support, insurance, simplified administrative procedures and pre-placement and post-placement support to participants as well as the validation of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through their ESVS experience. That support should be developed and provided in collaboration with youth organisations and other non-profit and civil society organisations in order to tap into their expertise on the field. Where activities undertaken by participants are to be carried out in hazardous environments, such as post-disaster environments, preventive security courses should be provided. Post-placement support should also prioritise the continuous civic engagement of the participants in their community, guiding them towards local organisations or projects with which to engage after the completion of the placement.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14)  To ensure the impact of European Solidarity Corps placements on the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participants, the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement should be properly identified and documented, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, as recommended in the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning22.

(14)  To ensure the impact of ESVS placements on the personal, educational, artistic, social, civic, and professional development of the participants, the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of targeted training undertaken before the solidarity placement should be properly identified, documented, assessed, certified and recognised in accordance with European guidelines and national circumstances and specificities, as recommended in the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning22. As a recognition tool, a Youth Pass certificate should be used in order to describe and validate the non-formal and informal learning outcomes acquired through their ESVS experience. The Youth Pass certificate will improve the recognition of the learning outcomes of young people.

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22 Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, OJ C 398, 22.12.2012, p. 1.

22 Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, OJ C 398, 22.12.2012, p. 1.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14a)   In order to support solidarity activities among young people, participating organisations should be non-profit sending or receiving organisations, and may include non-governmental organisations or civil society organisations, youth organisations, churches and religious associations or communities.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15)  A quality label should be put in place to ensure compliance of the participating organisations with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter, as regards their rights and responsibilities during all stages of the solidarity experience. Obtaining a quality label should be a precondition for participation but should not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps.

(15)  Separate quality labels and monitoring frameworks should be put in place for volunteering and for traineeships and jobs in partnership with relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that participating organisations effectively and continuously comply with the principles and requirements of the ESVS Charter, as regards their rights and responsibilities during all stages of the solidarity experience. To avoid differing quality standards, the ESVS Charter should take into account the Charter of the European Voluntary Service of the Erasmus+ programme. Obtaining a quality label should be a precondition for participation but should not automatically lead to funding under the ESVS. Quality labels should ensure that ESVS activities are not used as a substitute for actual jobs or traineeships. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should not create additional bureaucracy that would dissuade organisations, from contributing to the ESVS. A quality label should also ensure that the participating organisations comply with the ex-ante conditionality on social inclusion and, in particular, with its investment priority on the transition from institutional to community-based health and social services set out in Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council1a, to prevent Union funding from being used to support, evenindirectly, the segregation of health and social infrastructures.

 

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1a Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 320).

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16)  A European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre should assist the implementing bodies, the participating organisations and the young people taking part in the European Solidarity Corps in order to raise the quality of the implementation and of the activities of the European Solidarity Corps as well as to enhance the identification and validation of competences acquired through these activities.

(16)  A ESVS Resource Centre should assist the implementing bodies, the participating organisations and the young people taking part in the ESVS in order to raise the quality of the implementation and of the activities of the ESVS as well as to enhance the identification, validation and certification of knowledge, skills and competences acquired through these activities.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17)  A European Solidarity Corps Portal should continuously be developed in order to ensure easy access to the European Solidarity Corps and to provide a one-stop shop for both interested individuals and organisations as regards, inter alia, registration, identification and matching of profiles and opportunities, networking and virtual exchanges, online training, language and post-placement support as well as other useful functionalities, which may arise in the future.

(17)  An ESVS Portal, available in all the official languages of the participating countries and accessible to people with disabilities, should continuously be developed and updated in order to contribute to ensuring easy access to the ESVS and to provide an interactive, multilingual platform for both interested individuals and non-profit organisations as regards, inter alia, registration, identification and matching of profiles and opportunities, networking and virtual exchanges, information on existing solidarity placements or projects and on participating organisations, relevant European and national contact points, online training, language, pre-placement and post-placement support, direct feedback and evaluation mechanisms, as well as other useful functionalities, which may arise in the future. The ESVS Portal and its use should be explained in detail in the programme guide. Interoperability with the European Youth Portal should be ensured.

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a)  A quality framework with quality standards for ESVS placement offers should be developed. The basis of this quality framework should be existing law that protects the rights of workers, interns and volunteers both at Union and national level, in terms of social protection, minimum income, stability, employment protection, employment rights, mental and physical health. The standards should be defined by means of an inclusive process with the full participation of social partners, youth organisations and volunteering organisations.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17b)  It is essential for the good functioning of the ESVS and the timely deployment of the relevant actions that mechanisms are put in place within the ESVS work programmes to guarantee that offers are presented to registered young people within a reasonable and relatively predictable amount of time. Periodic information and updates on available placements and participating organisations that are actively involved in the ESVS should therefore be sent to registered individuals in order to stimulate their engagement with the ESVS after their registration, while also offering them the opportunity to directly get in touch with the actors involved in the field of solidarity at both national and European level.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23, for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The prime reference amount includes redeployments from the Erasmus+ programme (EUR 197.7 million) and from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EUR 10 million) for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, and it is complemented by contributions from several Union programmes under different headings, such as the European Social Fund, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the LIFE programme and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope of EUR 341,5 million in current prices for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Inter-institutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23, for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The financial envelope should include the amount of EUR 197,7 million that was originally earmarked to finance the intra-Union European Voluntary Service activities under the Erasmus+ programme for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, given that those activities are to be transferred to the ESVS programme. In view of the need to avoid any negative impact on the financing of existing multiannual programmes, the remaining amount for the financing of the ESVS should be drawn exclusively from unallocated margins under the multiannual financial framework ceilings and fresh resources should be used in future financial years.

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23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(18a)  Investing in the ESVS should not come at the expense of other Union programmes that already offer very valuable opportunities to young people, particularly the Erasmus+ programme and the Youth Employment Initiative. Investment in the ESVS should be accompanied by increased investment in other complementary Union programmes and, in particular, in the case of Erasmus+ programmes.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19)   In order to ensure continuity in the activities supported by the programmes contributing to the European Solidarity Corps, the financial support to solidarity placements and projects should indicatively follow an 80%-20% split between volunteering placements and solidarity projects on the one hand and traineeship and job placements on the other hand.

(19)   In order to ensure continuity in the activities supported by the programmes contributing to the ESVS, the financial support to solidarity placements and projects should indicatively be 95 % for volunteering placements and solidarity projects and 5 % for traineeship placements and for job placements.

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow participating countries to make additional national funding available in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps.

(20)  In order to maximise the impact of the ESVS, participating countries should be able to make additional national, regional or local funding available in accordance with the rules of the ESVS.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(20a)  Civil protection and humanitarian aid cannot be dependent on young people via the ESVS. The Commission and the Member States should guarantee continued investment in structured civil protection and humanitarian aid.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(21a)  As a general rule, the grant request by participants will be submitted to the National Agency of the country where the organisation is based. Grant requests for placements organised by Europe-wide or international organisations, will be submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(21b)  The Commission should take initiative to develop a Union Agenda for Volunteering, taking into account the Policy Agenda for Volunteering (PAVE), aimed at guaranteeing the recognition and respect of the rights of volunteers and organisations involved with volunteers and the reduction of administrative and legal barriers to volunteering and organisations involved with volunteers across Europe, in addition to fostering, promoting and supporting a wider culture of solidarity and volunteering in Europe.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22)  In addition to the Member States, the European Solidarity Corps should also be open to the participation of other countries on the basis of bilateral agreements. This participation should be based, where relevant, on additional appropriations to be made available in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with the concerned countries.

(22)  As in the European Voluntary Service, in addition to the Member States, the ESVS should be open to Erasmus+ and Youth in Action programme countries and partner countries, paying particular attention to countries neighbouring the Union, from its inception in order to promote the equality of opportunities between young people from Member States and third countries. This participation should be based, on additional appropriations to be made available in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with the concerned countries.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(23)  The European Solidarity Corps should target young people aged 18-30. Participation in the activities offered by the European Solidarity Corps should require prior registration in the European Solidarity Corps Portal.

(23)  The ESVS should target young people aged 18-30. Participation in the activities offered by the ESVS should be managed either through prior registration in the ESVS Portal or by an official application or recruitment process managed by the participating organisation. Where necessary, other complementary tools should be provided for the purposes of registration, in order to facilitate the participation of all young people, especially those in the most vulnerable situations and those who are not digitally literate. To that end, existing application processes provided by coordinating and sending organisations could be used.

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23a)  The target group of young people should be as broad and inclusive as possible, so that young people with different backgrounds, levels of education, skills, capabilities, knowledge and experience participate in the ESVS.

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23b)  It is necessary to promote a wider policy strategy which is aimed at creating a conducive environment for volunteering in Europe and does not overlap with other ongoing programmes, but rather strengthens successful existing initiatives, such as the European Voluntary Service.

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24)  Special attention should be paid to ensuring that the activities supported by the European Solidarity Corps are accessible to all young people, notably the most disadvantaged ones. Special measures should therefore be put in place to promote social inclusion, the participation of disadvantaged young people, as well as to take into account the constraints imposed by the remoteness of the outermost regions of the Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories24. Similarly, the participating countries should endeavour to adopt all appropriate measures to remove legal and administrative obstacles to the proper functioning of the European Solidarity Corps. This includes resolving, where possible, and without prejudice to the Schengen acquis and Union law on the entry and residence of third-country nationals, administrative issues that create difficulties in obtaining visas and residence permits

(24)  Special attention should be paid to ensuring that the activities supported by the ESVS are accessible in practice to all young people, in particular the most disadvantaged young people such as young people with special needs. Special measures and individualised support should therefore be provided, in order to reach out to all categories of young people with fewer opportunities, to promote social inclusion, and to take into account the constraints imposed by the remoteness of the outermost regions of the Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories24. Similarly, the participating countries should endeavour to adopt all appropriate measures to remove legal and administrative obstacles to the proper functioning of the ESVS. This includes resolving, where possible, and without prejudice to the Schengen acquis and Union law on the entry and residence of third-country nationals, administrative issues that create difficulties in obtaining visas and residence permits.

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24 Individuals from an overseas country or territory (OCT) and competent public and /or private bodies and institutions from an OCT may participate in the programmes in accordance with Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community, OJ L314, 30.11.2001, p.1.

24 Individuals from an overseas country or territory (OCT) and competent public and /or private bodies and institutions from an OCT may participate in the programmes in accordance with Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community, OJ L314, 30.11.2001, p.1.

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, whether funded by the European Solidarity Corps budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous basis by the implementing structures of the European Solidarity Corps. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the ESVS, whether funded by the ESVS budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should first receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled and that the activity concerned does not fall under the list of excluded activities. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous, public and transparent basis by the implementing structures of the ESVS. Unnecessary administrative burdens should be avoided in that process. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(26)  An entity willing to apply for funding to offer placements under the European Solidarity Corps should have first received a quality label as a precondition. This requirement should not apply to natural persons seeking financial support on behalf of an informal group of European Solidarity Corps participants for their solidarity projects.

(26)  A non-profit entity willing to apply for funding to offer placements under the ESVS should have first received a quality label as a precondition. The attribution of the quality label should not apply to natural persons seeking financial support on behalf of an informal group of ESVS participants for their programmes and solidarity projects. The competent implementing bodies should carry out equivalent quality controls to ascertain compliance, by those natural persons, with the requirements of the ESVS.

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(26a)  The needs and expectations of local communities should be an important criterion for the evaluation of the quality of projects. Accordingly, appropriate indicators should be put in place and re-assessed every year.

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27)  Effective performance management, including monitoring and evaluation, requires the development of specific, measurable and realistic indicators which can be measured over time and which reflect the logic of the intervention.

(27)  Effective performance management, including monitoring and evaluation, requires the development of specific, measurable and realistic qualitative and quantitative indicators which can be measured over time and which reflect the logic of the intervention.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28)  Appropriate outreach, publicity and dissemination of the opportunities and results of the actions supported by the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured at European, national and local level. The outreach, publicity and dissemination activities should rely on all the implementing bodies of the European Solidarity Corps, including, when relevant, with the support of other key stakeholders.

(28)  Appropriate outreach, publicity and dissemination of the opportunities and results of the actions supported by the ESVS should be ensured at European, national, regional and local level. The outreach, publicity and dissemination activities should rely, without increasing bureaucracy, on all the implementing bodies of the ESVS, on Commission websites, and on Union programmes already associated with the ESVS.

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(28a)  In order to better achieve the objectives of the ESVS, the Commission, Member States and national agencies should work closely together in partnership with NGOs, youth organisations and local stakeholders having expertise in solidarity actions.

Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 29

Text proposed by the Commission

Text proposed by the Commission

(29)  In order to ensure greater efficiency in communication to the public at large and stronger synergies between the communication activities undertaken at the initiative of the Commission, the resources allocated to communication under this Regulation should also contribute to covering the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, provided that these are related to the general objective of this Regulation.

(29)  In order to ensure greater efficiency in communication to the public at large and stronger synergies between the communication activities undertaken at the initiative of the Commission, the resources allocated to communication under this Regulation should also contribute to covering the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, such as social integration, cohesion, environmental protection and climate change mitigation, as related to the general objective of this Regulation and be consistent with the objectives of the funding sources of the ESVS.

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(30)  In order to ensure efficient and effective implementation of this Regulation, the European Solidarity Corps should make maximum use of existing management arrangements already in place. The implementation of the European Solidarity Corps should therefore be entrusted to existing structures, i.e. the Commission, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and the National Agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013.

(30)  In order to ensure efficient and effective implementation of this Regulation, the ESVS should make maximum use of existing management arrangements already in place. The implementation of the ESVS should therefore be entrusted to existing structures, i.e. the Commission, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and the National Agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013. A consultative body involving European solidarity and volunteering NGO networks ought to be established.

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 35

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(35)  In compliance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the European Union26, the Commission should adopt work programmes and inform the European Parliament and the Council thereof. The work programme should set out the measures needed for their implementation in line with the general and specific objectives of the European Solidarity Corps, the selection and award criteria for grants, as well as all other elements required. Work programmes and any amendments to them should be adopted by implementing acts in accordance with the examination procedure.

(35)  In compliance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the European Union26, the Commission should adopt work programmes and inform the European Parliament and the Council thereof. The work programme should set out the measures needed for their implementation in line with the general and specific objectives of the ESVS, the selection and award criteria for grants, as well as all other elements required. Work programmes and any amendments to them should be adopted by means of delegated acts and based on the needs and demands of beneficiaries.

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26 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002, OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

26 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002, OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(37)  For reasons of efficiency and effectiveness, the committee established under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should also assist the Commission in the implementation of this Regulation. With respect to the European Solidarity Corps, that committee should convene in a specific configuration and its mandate should be aligned in order to fulfil this new role. It should be for the participating countries to appoint the relevant representatives for those meetings, taking into account the volunteering and occupational dimensions of the European Solidarity Corps.

(37)  For reasons of efficiency and effectiveness, a dedicated sub-committee of the committee established under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should also assist the Commission in the implementation of this Regulation. With respect to the programme, that committee should convene in a specific configuration. It should be for the participating countries to appoint the relevant representatives for those meetings, taking into account the volunteering and occupational dimensions of the ESVS. The European Youth Forum, the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) and other relevant civil society organisations, including networks representing employers and trade unions, ought be included as permanent observers without voting rights in a Programme Committee and their presence provided for in the rules of procedure of that committee.

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38a)  In its resolution of 2 February 2017 on the implementation of the Erasmus+ Regulation1a, the European Parliament encouraged the Commission and the Member States to make a budgetary effort to accommodate the new initiative of the European Solidarity Corps without underfunding other current and priority programmes.

 

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1a Texts adopted, P8_TA(2017)0018.

Amendment    51

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38b)  In its resolution of 5 July 2017 on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2018 draft budget1a, the European Parliament expressed its concern that, despite its warnings, the legislative proposal adopted on 30 May 2017 envisaged that three fourths of the European Solidarity Corps budget would be financed by redeployments from existing programmes, and mainly from Erasmus+ (EUR 197,7million), and reiterated that any new political commitments should be financed with new appropriations and not redeployments from existing programmes.

 

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1aTexts adopted, P8_TA-PROV(2017)0302.

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38c)  Separate funding and budgetary allocations should be guaranteed for the ESVS and should not result in a reduction in the budget for other policies promoting youth, education, training, employment or solidarity. Optimal and transparent use of financial resources should be ensured.

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 39

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(39)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework also builds on funds redeployed from the Erasmus+ programme. These funds should mainly come from appropriations aimed at financing European Voluntary Service activities that would fall under the scope of the volunteering placements supported under this Regulation. In addition, some appropriations of the Student Loan Guarantee Facility, which are unlikely to be absorbed under Erasmus+, should be redeployed with a view to providing adequate co-financing to the operating costs of national agencies and be brought more in line with the absorption capacity of this action.

(39)  The financial envelope of the ESVS under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework builds on funds redeployed from the Erasmus+ programme. These funds should exclusively come from appropriations aimed at financing European Voluntary Service activities that would fall under the scope of the volunteering placements supported under this Regulation.

Amendement    54

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendement

(40a)  Given the therapeutic value of working with animals, special attention should be paid to providing young people with mental and physical disabilities with opportunities to work on care farms.

Amendment    55

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(41)  This Regulation should apply from 1 January 2018. In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures provided for in this Regulation, this Regulation should enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union ––

(41)  In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures provided for in this Regulation, this Regulation should enter in to force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Amendment    56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1)   “solidarity activity” means an activity aimed at addressing unmet societal needs to the benefit of a community while also fostering the individual’s personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, which may take the form of placements, projects or networking activities, developed in relation to different areas, such as education and training, employment, gender equality, entrepreneurship, in particular social entrepreneurship, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and nature protection, climate action, disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery, agriculture and rural development, provision of food and non-food items, health and wellbeing, creativity and culture, physical education and sport, social assistance and welfare, reception and integration of third-country nationals, territorial cooperation and cohesion;

 

(1)   “solidarity activity” means an activity of general interest aimed at tackling important societal challenges to the benefit of a community and the society as a whole while also fostering the individual’s personal, educational, artistic, social, civic and professional development; The solidarity activity takes the form of placements, projects or networking activities, developed in relation to different areas, such as formal, non-formal and informal education and training, youth work, employment, gender equality, social entrepreneurship, citizenship and democratic participation, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion, the inclusion of people with disabilities, environment and nature protection, climate action, disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery, social farming and rural development, territorial cooperation and cohesion, the provision of food and non-food items, health and wellbeing, creativity and culture, physical education and sport, social assistance, and welfare, and the reception and integration of third-country nationals, such as asylum seekers and refugees;

Amendment    57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a)  “solidarity” means the readiness to make an effort for the common good as part of specific activities, without any expectation of consideration in return;

Amendment    58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2)  “participant” means a young person who has registered in the European Solidarity Corps Portal and takes part in a solidarity activity under the European Solidarity Corps offered by a participating organisation;

(2)  “participant” means a young person who takes part in a solidarity activity under the ESVS offered by a participating organisation or developed by a group of young people registered in the ESVS Portal;

Amendment    59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  “disadvantaged young people” means individuals who need additional support because of disability, educational difficulties, economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, social obstacles, geographical obstacles;

(3)   “young person with fewer opportunities” means an individual aged 17 to 30 who need additional, targeted supportbecause he or she is at a disadvantage due to the fact that he or she faces one or more exclusion factors or obstacles such asdisability, learning difficulties, social and economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, institutional or geographical barriers or discrimination based on any of the grounds enshrined in Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;

Amendment    60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  “participating organisation” means any public or private entity that has been attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label, which offers a placement to a participant in the European Solidarity Corps or implements other activities in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps

(4)  “participating organisation” means a non-profit public or non-profit private entities that carries out an activity of general interest or with a social aim, that plays a fundamental role in encouraging, promoting and facilitating accessibility to and partnerships in the volunteering sector and that has been attributed the ESVS quality label; such an entity offers a solidarity placement to a participant in the ESVS or implements and supports other activities in the framework of the ESVS, in which it participates either as a sending or as a receiving organisation. “Sending organisation” means an oganisation in charge of preparing and supporting participants before, during and after the solidarity placement. “Receiving organisation” means an organisation which offers a placement to a participant;

Amendment    61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  “Solidarity placement” means a volunteering activity, traineeship or job in a solidarity related area, which is organised by a participating organisation and which contribute to addressing key societal challenges while enhancing the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development and the employability of the European Solidarity Corps participant who undertakes it, either in a country other than the country of residence (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country);

(5)  “Solidarity placement” means a volunteering activity, traineeship or job in a solidarity related area, that has a European added value and does not substitute nor replace national volunteering schemes, which are organised by a participating organisation, and that contributes to addressing clearly identified key societal challenges while enhancing the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the ESVS participant who undertakes it, preferably in a country other than the country of residence (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country) if so needed;

Amendment    62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  “volunteering” means a full-time unpaid voluntary service for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability;

(6)  “volunteering” means an unpaid voluntary placement within a participating organisation in the non-profit sector, undertaken for a period of up to twelve months, either on a full time basis or on a flexible basis of at least 10 hours per week, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of non-profit organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out and particularly of those in need within such communities including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain, validate and certify skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability; this activity is characterised by a fixed period, clear objectives, content, tasks, structure and framework; appropriate allowance, and legal and social protection and cannot. substitute or replace paid employment;

Amendment    63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)  “volunteering teams’ placements” means placements allowing teams of European Solidarity Corps participants from different participating countries to volunteer together for a common objective, by carrying out manual or intellectual tasks, on a worthwhile community service project for a period between two weeks and two months;

(7)  “volunteering teams’ placements” means placements allowing teams of ESVS participants from different participating countries to volunteer together for a common objective, by carrying out manual or intellectual tasks, on a worthwhile community service project in collaboration with public authorities, non-profit organisations, foundations and social enterprises for a period between two weeks and two months;

Amendment    64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 8

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8)  “traineeship” means a period of work practice from two to twelve months, remunerated by the organisation hosting the European Solidarity Corps participant, based on a written traineeship agreement, which includes a learning and training component, and undertaken in order to gain practical and professional experience with a view to improving employability and facilitating transition to regular employment;

(8)  “traineeship” means a period of work practice from three to six months, renewable once and for a maximum duration of 12 months within the same participating organisation, remunerated by the organisation hosting the ESVS participant, which includes a learning and training component, is undertaken in order to gain practical and professional experience with a view to developing competences useful for the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participant, is based on a written agreement concluded at the beginning of the traineeship between the participant and the participating organisation, indicating the educational objectives, the working conditions and duration of the traineeship, the remuneration of the participant and the rights and obligations of the parties under national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the traineeship takes place, and doesnot substitute jobs;

Amendment    65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9)  "job" means a period of work from two to twelve months, remunerated by the participating organisation employing the European Solidarity Corps participant, carried out in a participating country and based on an employment contract in accordance with the national regulatory framework of that participating country;

(9)  "job" means a period of work of at least six months, based on a written employment contract which respects all the terms and conditions of employment as defined in national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the job is being carried out, that is remunerated by the participating organisation employing the ESVS participant;

Amendment    66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10)  “solidarity project” means a local initiative for a period from two to twelve months, which is set up and carried out by groups of at least five European Solidarity Corps participants, with a view to addressing key challenges within their local community while linking them to a broader European perspective;

(10)  “solidarity project” means a local initiative for a period from two to twelve months, which is set up and carried out by groups of at least five ESVS participants, with a view to addressing key challenges within their local community while linking them to a broader European perspective and with existing local solidarity initiatives;. The organisation of guidance as well as pre-placement and post- placement support by a participating organisation or the local authorities is mandatory for a solidarity action to take place in order to ensure the sustainability of the project and the quality of the services delivered;

Amendement    67

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendement

(10a)  “social farming” means the use of agricultural resources to improve the social, physical and mental well-being of individuals, making it possible for those who are psychologically or socially vulnerable to take part in farm work;

Amendment    68

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 11

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11)  “quality label” means the certification attributed to a public or private entity or an international organisation willing to provide placements under the European Solidarity Corps following a procedure aimed at ensuring compliance with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter;

(11)  “quality label” means the certification attributed to a public or private entity or an international organisation wishing to become a participating organisation and willing to provide placements under the ESVS following a procedure aimed at ensuring compliance with the principles and requirements of the ESVS and at ensuring the quality of services delivered by the participating organisations;

Amendment    69

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12)  “European Solidarity Corps Charter” means the document that sets out the respective rights and responsibilities that all the entities willing to join the European Solidarity Corps must agree to adhere to;

(12)  “European Solidarity and Voluntary Service Charter” means the document that sets out the respective rights and responsibilities to which all the entities willing to join the ESVS must agree to adhere;

Amendment    70

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13)  “European Solidarity Corps Resource Center” means the additional functions performed by a designated national agency to support the development and implementation of activities under the European Solidarity Corps as well as the identification of the competences acquired by the participants through their placements and projects;

(13)  “European Solidarity and Voluntary Service Resource Centre” means the additional functions performed by a designated national agency to support the development and implementation of activities under the ESVS as well as the identification of the competences acquired by the participants through the targeted training undertaken before the solidarity placement;. The respective national agencies should be involved in the process of drawing up the functions to be performed by the European Solidarity Initiative Resource Centre;

Amendment    71

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14)  "European Solidarity Corps Portal" means a web-based tool that provides relevant online services to the European Solidarity Corps participants and participating organisations, including providing information about the European Solidarity Corps, registering participants, searching for participants for placements, advertising and searching for placements, searching for potential project partners, managing contacts and offers for placements and projects, training, communication and networking activities, informing and notifying about opportunities, as well as other relevant developments related to the European Solidarity Corps;

(14)  “ESVS Portal” means a multilingual interactive web-based tool , available in all official languages of participating countries, accessible to people with disabilities that provides additional online services to the ESVS participants and participating organisations; those services complement the activities of participating organisations and include providing information about the ESVS, registering participants, searching for participants for placements, advertising and searching for placements, searching for potential project partners, managing contacts and offers for placements and projects, training, communication and networking activities, informing and notifying about opportunities, providing a feedback mechanism regarding the quality of placements and as well as other relevant developments related to the ESVS;

Amendment    72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a)  In order too encourage young people to take part in voluntary activities that are entirely unpaid, and taking into account that the working week in a professional environment should last no longer than 40 hours, it shall not be permitted for young people to volunteer for more than 25 hours a week.

Amendment    73

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The objective of the European Solidarity Corps is to enhance the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion and solidarity in Europe, supporting communities and responding to societal challenges.

 

The objective of the ESVS is to promote solidarity as a value and volunteering in Europe and beyond in order to build an inclusive society, by enhancing the engagement of young people and non-profit organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion and citizenship; it aims to complement existing actions and structures of organisations that support local communities, in particular the most vulnerable communities, and to swiftly respond to societal challenges, environmental protection, climate change mitigation, and greater social integration .

Amendment    74

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point -a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-a)  to ensurethat the solidarity activities offered to participants contribute to tackling significant societal challenges and strengthening communities and are of high quality and properly validated;

Amendment    75

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  to provide young people, with the support of participating organisations, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity activities while improving their skills and competences for personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, as well as their employability and facilitating transition into the labour market, including by supporting the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers;

(a)  to provide young people, with the support of participating organisations, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity and voluntary activities while improving their skills, competences and knowledge for personal, educational, social, civic, cultural and professional development, including by supporting the mobility of young volunteers, which can also lead to improved employability, while ensuring that the substitution of paid work for unpaid labour is avoided;

Amendment    76

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  to increase the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the ESVS by creating adapted formats and promoting special guidance and support measures;

Amendment    77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  to ensure that the solidarity activities that are offered to the European Solidarity Corps participants contribute to addressing concrete, unmet societal needs and strengthening communities, are of high quality and properly validated.

(b)  to ensure that the solidarity and voluntary activities that are offered to the ESVS participants contribute to overcoming significant societal challenges and meeting public interest needs for the benefit of the community, addressing concrete, clearly identified unmet societal needs and strengthening communities, are of high quality, properly validated and implemented and respect the principles and meet the requirements of the ESVS Charter.

Amendment    78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  to support the development, support and maintenance of an EU Agenda for Volunteering with the aim of guaranteeing the recognition and respect of the rights of volunteers and organisations involving volunteers and the reduction of administrative and legal barriers to volunteering and organisations involving volunteers across the Union, in addition to fostering, promoting and supporting a wider culture of solidarity and volunteering in the Union.

Amendment    79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb)  to promote the strengthening of a common European outlook among Union citizens, through engagement in solidarity activities;

Amendment    80

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b c (new

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bc)  to ensure that the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of participants, and the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement are properly identified, documented, assessed and certified.

Amendment    81

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b d (new

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bd)  to increase the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the ESVS by creating adapted formats and promoting tailored and personalised guidance and support measures with a dedicated budget;

Amendment    82

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(be)  to prevent organisations from turning social responsibility measures ESVS measures and, in so doing, from making improper use of funding;

Amendment    83

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The actions of the European Solidarity Corps shall be consistent with and complementary to the relevant policies and programmes relating to the areas mentioned in Article 2(1) as well as existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities of the European Solidarity Corps.

1.  The actions of the ESVS shall be consistent with and complementary to the relevant Union policies and programmes relating to the areas mentioned in Article 2(1) as well as existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities of the ESVS.

Amendment    84

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Commission and the participating countries shall cooperate to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, by ensuring coherence between national programmes and schemes related to solidarity, education, vocational training and youth on the one hand and actions under the European Solidarity Corps on the other hand. Those actions shall build on relevant good practices and existing programmes.

2.  The Commission and the participating countries shall cooperate to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, by ensuring coherence between national programmes and schemes related to solidarity, education, youth on the one hand and actions under the ESVS on the other hand. Those actions shall build on relevant good practices and existing programmes.

Amendment    85

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  The Commission shall take the initiative of developing an EU Agenda for Volunteering, with the aim of guaranteeing the recognition and respect of the rights of volunteers and organisations involving volunteers and the reduction of administrative and legal barriers to volunteering and organisations involving volunteers across the Union, in addition to fostering, promoting and supporting a wider culture of solidarity and volunteering in the Union.

Amendment    86

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b.  The Commission and the Member States shall cooperate to achieve convergence and complementarity regarding volunteering policies among the different national laws via the open method of coordination.

Amendment    87

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  solidarity placements, projects and networking activities

(a)  solidarity placements, in the form of:

 

(i)   volunteering;

 

(ii)   traineeships or jobs;

 

(iii)   projects and networking activities;

Amendment    88

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  A European framework shall be developed for voluntary solidarity placements, solidarity projects and networking activities. The European framework shall identify the rights and responsibilities and shall facilitate mobility and recognition of skills in form of a Charter;

Amendment    89

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  measures aimed at ensuring the quality of solidarity placements, including training, language support, administrative support for participants and participating organisations, insurance, post-placement support as well as the development of a certificate that identifies and documents the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the placement;

(a)  measures aimed at ensuring the quality and accessibility of solidarity placements, including off-line and on-line training for preparation before and guidance during the solidarity placement, language support, financial and administrative support for participants and participating organisations, insurance, pre- placement and post-placement support as well as the further use of the Youth Pass that identifies and documents the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the placement, the total number of hours volunteered, and the duration of the volunteering placement, in the development of which youth organisations may be involved as experts;

Amendment    90

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  networking activities for individuals and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps.

(c)  networking activities for individuals and organisations participating or willing to participate in the ESVS, which must be entirely consistent with, and also complement, proven experience on the ground, in particular alongside good volunteering and civil protection practice.

Amendment    91

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2b.   Participation in solidarity placements shall be governed by an ESVS Charter setting out the rights and obligations of participating organisations and participants and indicating the basis for the “quality label” certification process for participating organisations.The ESVS Charter shall ensure the quality of services to be delivered such as ensuring decent living conditions to participants and provide adequate food, accommodation and minimum allowance for volunteers. Separate quality labelw for volunteering placements and for traineeship and job placements shall be established. The ESVS Charter shall comply with Article 7a and shall include a list of activities that are potentially harmful to participants and society, or inappropriate for participants, such as volunteering in residential institutions for children, which shall not be carried out in the framework of solidarity placements. In developing the ESVS Charter, the Commission shall take into account the Charter of the European Voluntary Service.

Amendment    92

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2c.   The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article XX supplementing this Regulation by adopting the ESVS Charter and amendments thereto.

Amendment    93

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  activities and measures performed by civil society organisations and entities that support young people in accessing or developing solidarity placements and projects;

Amendment    94

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ab)  activities and measures aimed at ensuring the quality of solidarity placements provided by participating organisations which support young people in accessing volunteer activities and developing solidarity projects of their own, as well as,where relevant, post-placement support provided to participants interested in setting-up and piloting associations, cooperatives, social enterprises, youth organisations and community-centres;

Amendment    95

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ac)  the development of a European framework for volunteering actions that identifies rights and responsibilities and facilitates mobility and recognition of skills;

Justification

The European Parliament resolution (2016/2872) of 26 October 2016 on European Voluntary Service and the promotion of volunteer asks for a European legal framework for volunteering actions

Amendment    96

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ad)  the development of a clear and detailed procedure addressed to participants and organisations, establishing the steps and timing of all phases of the placements;

Amendment    97

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ae)  activities and measures performed by participating organisations that support young people in accessing and developing solidarity placements and projects;

Amendment    98

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(af)  measures that encourage social enterprises to support ESVS activities or allow employees to engage themselves in volunteering activities in the framework of the ESVS;

Amendment    99

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point b

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the development and maintenance of a quality label for entities willing to provide placements for the European Solidarity Corps in order to ensure compliance with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter;

(b)  the development and maintenance of quality labels for entities willing to provide respectively volunteering placements or traineeships and job placements for the ESVS in order to ensure compliance with the principles and requirements of the ESVS Charter. A separate accreditation procedure for entities wanting to provide volunteering placements and entities wanting to provide job and traineeship placements with different evaluation criteria, limiting the access to the programme to the actions they are accredited for;

Amendment    100

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  the use of Youth Pass, a Union tool for the recognition of learning outcomes;

Amendment    101

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Text proposed by the Commission

(d)  the establishment, maintenance and updating of the European Solidarity Corps Portal and other relevant online services as well as the necessary IT support systems and web-based tools.

(d)  the establishment, maintenance and updating of the ESVS Portal, including participants’ field reports, and other relevant online services, which shall be available in all official languages of the Union, primarily to disseminate the aims of this Regulation and publicise its accessibility, as well as the necessary IT support systems and web-based tools.

Amendment    102

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  the development of a quality framework with quality standards for ESVS placement offers;

Amendment    103

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

This Action necessitates overcoming the digital divide so as to make the solidarity efforts proposed by the European Solidarity Corps accessible to all young Europeans, in particular those from rural areas.

Amendment    104

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 8a

 

The ESVS shall provide equal opportunities for all young people in the Union, regardless of national opportunities. It shall also position solidarity actions and volunteering at the heart of the European project and boosts the importance of solidarity across European borders.

Amendment    105

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The amount referred to in paragraph 1 includes a financial envelope of EUR 294 200 00033 in current prices supplemented by contributions from:

2.  The amount referred to in paragraph 1 includes a financial envelope of EUR 294 200 00033 in current prices increased by unallocated margins and using fresh resources in future financial years.

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33 This financial envelope constitutes the prime reference amount within the meaning of point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement (2013/C 373/01) between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

33 This financial envelope constitutes the prime reference amount within the meaning of point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement (2013/C 373/01) between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

Justification

The European Solidarity Corps should not undermine functioning of other EU programmes while its primary focus should be on youth and volunteers within the Erasmus+ programme and it should be mainly financed from the EVS allocation and not from other Erasmus+ parts or EU programmes (note: this amendment would require deletion of articles 27-31).

Amendment    106

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the European Social Fund, contributing with EUR 35 000 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    107

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, contributing with EUR 6 000 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    108

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  the LIFE programme, contributing with EUR 4 500 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    109

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, contributing with EUR 1 800 000 in current prices.

deleted

Amendment    110

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The remaining amount shall be financed by the use of all financial means available under the existing MFF Regulation;

Amendment    111

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  The annual appropriations shall be authorised by the European Parliament and the Council within the limits of the multiannual financial framework.

Amendment    112

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The financial support to solidarity placements and projects referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Article 7(1) shall indicatively be 80% for volunteering placements and solidarity projects; and 20% for traineeship and job placements.

3.  The financial support to solidarity placements and projects referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Article 7(1) shall indicatively be 95% for volunteering placements and solidarity projects and 5%, for traineeship placements and for job placements.

Amendment    113

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The financial allocation may also cover expenses pertaining to preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the European Solidarity Corps and the achievement of its objectives, in particular, studies, meetings of experts and information and communication actions, expenses linked to the establishment, maintenance and updating of the European Solidarity Corps Portal and the necessary IT support systems, and all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the European Solidarity Corps.

4.  The financial allocation may also cover expenses pertaining to preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the ESVS and the achievement of its objectives, in particular, tailored and personalised support to participating young people with fewer opportunities, studies, meetings of experts and information and communication actions, expenses linked to the establishment, maintenance and updating of the ESVS Portal and the necessary IT support systems, and all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the ESVS.

Amendement    114

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendement

4a.  The Commission and the Member States shall continue to fund civil protection and humanitarian aid so that the ESVS is not used to compensate for public spending cuts by engaging young volunteers in those social sectors where jobs were destroyed.

Amendment    115

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  If necessary, appropriations may be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

5.  If necessary, payment appropriations may be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

Amendment    116

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  A participating country may make national funding available to beneficiaries to be managed in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps and, to this end, use the decentralised structures of the European Solidarity Corps, as long as it ensures the complementary pro rata funding of these structures.

6.  A participating country, regional or local entity shall, in accordance with its resources, make additional funding available to beneficiaries to be managed in accordance with the rules of the ESVS and, to this end, use the decentralised structures of the ESVS, as long as it ensures the complementary pro rata funding of these structures. Member States may make new additional funding available.

Amendment    117

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  In order to simplify requirements for beneficiaries, lump sums, unit costs and flat-rate funding shall be used to the maximum possible extent.

Amendment    118

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Member States shall participate in the European Solidarity Corps.

1.  The ESVS shall operate in the Union and in third countries.

Amendment    119

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The European Solidarity Corps shall be open for the participation of other countries on the basis of bilateral agreements. Cooperation shall be based, where relevant, on additional appropriations to be made available in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with those countries.

2.  By 2020 the ESVS shall be open to all other countries participating in the European Voluntary Service and shall be open to other countries based on bilateral and multilateral agreements. Cooperation, with particular regard to neighbourhood countries as well as low and medium income countries shall be based, where relevant, on additional appropriations to be made available in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with those countries.

Amendment    120

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Young people aged 17 to 30 years willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps shall register in the European Solidarity Corps Portal. However, at the moment of commencing a placement or a project a registered young person shall be at least 18 years of age and not older than 30.

1.  Young people aged 17 to 30 years shall be able to participate in the ESVS. Young people of 17 years of age willing to participate in the ESVS may register in the ESVS Portal or apply for a solidarity placement via application processes provided by a participating organisation holding the quality label. However, at the moment of commencing a placement or a project a registered young person shall be at least 18 years of age and not older than 30. The Commission shall endeavour to provide placements to all receivable applications.

Amendment    121

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  When implementing this Regulation, the Commission and the participating countries shall ensure that particular efforts are made to promote social inclusion, in particular for the participation of disadvantaged young people.

2.  When implementing this Regulation, the Commission, the Member States and other participating countries shall ensure that specific and effective measures are taken to promote social inclusion and equal access conditions, in particular for the participation of young people with fewer opportunities, including people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTI and people coming from marginalised communities. Those measures may include adjusted, tailor -made support systems and guidance, special contacts persons during the assignments and special formats such as short-term placements. Any additional costs associated with the participation of people with special needs shall be covered at a rate of 100%;

Amendment    122

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The European Solidarity Corps shall be open to the participation of public or private entities, or international organisations, provided that they have received a European Solidarity Corps quality label.

1.  The ESVS shall be open to the participation of non-profit public or non-profit private entities, international organisations, such as NGOs and civil society organisations, provided that their activities correspond to the definition of solidarity activity within this Regulation, that they have received a quality label and that the activity they offer does not fall under the list of excluded activities.

Amendment    123

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the requirements of the European Solidarity Corps.

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a ESVS participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the ESVS in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the principles and requirements set out in the ESVS Charter. Any entity which substantially changes its activities shall inform the competent implementing body for reassessment. The application and registration process shall be user-friendly. Administrative burdens shall be avoided. The process that leads to the volunteering component shall be differentiated from the process leading to the attribution of a quality label for the occupational component, taking into consideration the specific characteristics of each component.

Amendment    124

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  As a result of the assessment the entity may be attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label. The obtained label shall be re-assessed periodically and may be revoked.

3.  As a result of the assessment the entity may be attributed the ESVS quality label. The obtained label shall be re-assessed regularly and at least every two years, without creating excessive administrative burdens, and may be revoked as soon as the activities of that entity no longer adhere to the principles and requirements set out in the ESVS Charter. However it may then be re-attributed following a further assessment. The results of the re-assessments of entities shall form part of the monitoring and evaluationreferred to in Article 15 of this Regulation and in particular of the progress report that the Commission shall publish in 2020.

Amendment    125

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Any entity which has received the European Solidarity Corps quality label shall be given access to the European Solidarity Corps Portal and shall be allowed to make offers for solidarity activities to registered individuals.

4.  Any entity which has received the ESVS quality label shall be given access to the ESVS and shall be allowed to make offers for solidarity activities to registered individuals. The Commission shall establish separate accreditation procedures for entities intending to provide volunteering placements and entities intending to provide job and traineeship placements with different evaluation criteria and limiting the access to the programme to the parts they are accredited for.

Amendment    126

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a.  At all stages of the application and accreditation processes, the administrative burden shall be kept as low as possible in order to avoid frustration, additional costs or a lack of incentive on the part of the participating organisation in offering placements.

Amendment    127

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 6 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6b.  Participating organisations whose solidarity assignments receive funding in the context of volunteer activities may independently provide the training stipulated in the programme for the purposes of preparation, support during solidarity assignments and follow-up, insofar as they do not opt to entrust responsibility for such training to the appropriate national agency. The participating organisations shall receive financial support for their own training schemes.

Amendment    128

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Any public or private entity established in a participating country as well as international organisations carrying out solidarity activities in the participating countries may apply for funding under the European Solidarity Corps. In the case of the activities referred to in point (a) of Article 7(1), a quality label shall be obtained by the participating organisation as a pre-condition for receiving funding under the European Solidarity Corps. In the case of the solidarity projects referred to in point (b) of Article 7(1), natural persons may also apply for funding on behalf of informal groups of European Solidarity Corps participants.

Any non-profit public or private entity established in a Member State or another participating country as well as international organisations carrying out solidarity activities in the participating countries may apply for funding under the ESVS. In the case of the activities referred to in point (a) of Article 7(1), a quality label shall be obtained by the participating organisation as a pre-condition for receiving funding under the ESVS. In the case of the solidarity projects referred to in point (b) of Article 7(1), natural persons may also apply for funding on behalf of informal groups of ESVS participants, provided that equivalent quality controls are carried out by the competent implementing bodies;

Amendment    129

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall regularly monitor the performance of the European Solidarity Corps towards achieving its objectives.

1.   The Commission, in cooperation with Member States and the participating countries, the executive agencies and participating and sending organisations as well as Union and national stakeholders such as youth organisations,shall regularly and effectively monitor the performance of the ESVS in the achievement of its objectives. To that end, a special programme monitoring committee should be established. The programme monitoring committee shall include representatives of the Commission, the Member States, the other participating countries, the executive agencies, participating organisations and Union and national stakeholders

Amendment    130

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.   Progress on the specific objectives shall be measured by using indicators, such as:

2.   Progress on the specific objectives shall be measured by using a set of qualitative and quantitative indicators, such as:

Amendment    131

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)   number of participants in volunteering placements (in-country and cross-border);

(a)   number and profile of participants in high quality volunteering placements, by country, age and gender (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    132

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  number of participants declaring that they have increased their knowledge, skills and competences;

Amendment    133

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab)  rate of achievement of project objectives in terms of identified community needs;

Amendment    134

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)   number of participants in solidarity projects;

(d)  number and profile of participants in high quality solidarity projects by country, age and gender;

Amendment    135

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  number of participants declaring they have gained skills, competences and knowledge for personal, educational, social, civic, including European citizenship, and professional development, by age, country and gender;

Amendment    136

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(db)  number of participants with special needs or young people with fewer opportunities;

Amendment    137

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea)  number of participants who have received a certificate, such as Youth Pass, or another type of formal recognition of their participation in ESVS;

Amendment    138

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(eb)   employment rate of former participants;

Amendment    139

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ec)   percentage of participants declaring that they intend to continue being involved in solidarity activities, by country, age and gender (e...) number of solidarity projects;

Amendment    140

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ed)   number of organisations holding the quality label whose solidarity activities have received funding under the ESVS by country;

Amendment    141

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ee)  quality and effectiveness of the entire procedure, namely the. level of the administrative burden borne by the participants and the participating organisations;

Amendment    142

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ef)  overall satisfaction rate of participants and participating organisations with regard to the quality of the ESVS placements, training, language support, administrative support, insurance and post-placement support;

Amendment    143

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e g (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(eg)  efficiency and effectiveness of the procedures and criteria used for the attribution of and further re-assessment of the attribution of the quality label;

Amendment    144

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e h (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(eh)  quality of the placement, in particular with regard to assistance and follow-up of the participants;

Amendment    145

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e i (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ei)  quality of results and impact of the solidarity activities;

Amendment    146

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point e j (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ej)  effectiveness of the specific measures adopted to promote and guarantee social inclusion and equal access conditions to participants, in particular for the participation of disadvantaged young people;

Amendment    147

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

At the latest six months after the entry into force of this Regulation, the Commission shall establish a detailed programme for monitoring the outputs, results and impacts of this Regulation.

By...*, the Commission shall establish a detailed programme for monitoring the outputs, results and impacts of this Regulation.

 

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* Date of entry into force of this Regulation.

Amendment    148

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  In 2020 the Commission shall publish a report taking stock of the progress made towards achieving its results, including the target of offering 100 000 young people opportunities under the European Solidarity Corps by 2020 (covering all the placements and projects referred to in points (a) and (b) of Article 7(1)).

3.  In 2019 the Commission shall publish a report on the results obtained and the qualitative and quantitative aspects of programme implementation, taking stock of the progress made towards achieving its results, including the target of offering 100 000 young people opportunities under the ESVS by 2020 (covering all the placements and projects referred to in points (a) and (b) of Article 7(1)), as well as the cost-effectiveness of the programme, and submit it to the European Parliament, to the Council, to the European Economic and Social Committee and to the Committee of the Regions.

Amendment    149

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  The quality of the placements shall be evaluated by using common monitoring standards in all participating countries so that a common level of implementation quality can be achieved. Participating organisations shall assist in developing a set of quality standards.

Amendment    150

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Four years after the date of application of this Regulation the Commission shall carry out an independent evaluation of this Regulation and present a report on the main findings to the European Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.

4.  The Commission shall carry out an independent ex-post evaluation of this Regulation to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the programme in view of the programme objectives and shall, no later than 30 June 2021, present a report on the main findings, including recommendations for the future of the programme, to the European Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. As part of the evaluation, the Commission shall ensure regular consultation of all relevant stakeholders, including participants, participating organisations and the local communities concerned. The results of the evaluation shall feed back into future programme design and resource allocation proposals.

Amendment    151

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall ensure the dissemination of information, publicity and follow-up with regard to all actions supported in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries and union-level networks pertinent to the activity of the ESVS, shall ensure the dissemination of information, publicity and follow-up with regard to all actions supported in the framework of the ESVS, particularly through ICT solutions such as a portal available in all official languages of the Union with a particular focus on equal opportunities and accessibility.

Amendment    152

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The national agencies referred to in Article 20 shall develop a consistent policy with regard to effective outreach as well as dissemination and exploitation of results of activities supported under the actions they manage, shall assist the Commission in the general task of disseminating information concerning the European Solidarity Corps, including information in respect of actions managed at national and Union level, and their results, and shall inform relevant target groups about the initiatives undertaken in their country.

2.  The national agencies referred to in Article 20 shall develop a consistent policy with regard to effective outreach which shall also target remote areas, as well as dissemination and exploitation of results of activities supported under the actions they manage, shall assist the Commission in the general task of disseminating information concerning the ESVS, including information in respect of actions managed at national and Union level, and their results, and shall inform relevant target groups about the initiatives undertaken in their country.

Amendment    153

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Communication activities shall also contribute to the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, provided that they are related to the general objective of this Regulation.

3.  Communication activities shall also contribute to the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, provided that they are related to the general objective of this Regulation and represent added value and visibility for the Union.

Amendment    154

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  National agencies shall cooperate with specialised youth information services that inform, reach out, guide and support young people, especially those from a disadvantaged background, in order to ensure a coherent and diverse dissemination and outreach.

Amendment    155

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency - EACEA at Union level;

Amendment    156

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The national authority shall designate an independent audit body. The independent audit body shall issue an audit opinion on the yearly management declaration referred to in Article 60(5) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012.

1.  The national authority shall, in accordance with the principle of transparency, designate an independent audit body. The independent audit body shall issue an audit opinion on the yearly management declaration referred to in Article 60(5) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012.

Amendment    157

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 19a

 

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency

 

1.   At Union level, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency - EACEA shall be responsible for managing all stages of the grant for projects andactions of the ESVS listed in Article 7 of this Regulation submitted by Union-wide or international organisations.

 

2.   The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency - EACEA shall also be responsible for the accreditation and monitoring of Union-wide or international organisations.

Amendment    158

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In each country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of the Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 in their respective countries shall also act as national agencies in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

In each country participating in the ESVS, the national agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of the Regulation (EU) No 1288/20131 in their respective countries shall also act as national agencies in the framework of the ESVS. EURES network organisations as referred to in article 7 of the Regulation (EU) No 2016/589 shall assist those national agencies in the management of the solidarity actions in the form of traineeship and job placements and in the relevant quality and support measures in the framework of the ESVS.

 

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1 Regulation (EU) 2016/589 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2016 on a European network of employment sevices (EURES), workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets, and amending Regulations (EU) No 492/2011 and (EU) No 1296/2013 (OJ L 107, 22.4.2016, p. 1).

Amendment    159

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Without prejudice to Article 28(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013, the national agency shall also be responsible for managing all stages of the project lifecycle of those actions of the European Solidarity Corps listed in the implementing acts referred to in Article 24, in accordance with point (c)(v) and (vi) of Article 58(1) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 and with Article 44 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/201234.

2.  Without prejudice to Article 28(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013, the national agency shall also be responsible for managing all stages of the project lifecycle of those actions of the ESVS listed in the implementing acts referred to in Article 24, in accordance with point (c)(v) and (vi) of Article 58(1) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 and with Article 44 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/201234. The Commission shall provide the national agencies with concrete training and guidance to enable them to carry out all of the project lifecycle properly and tackle all obstacles that individuals and organisations could face.

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34 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, OJ L 362, 31.12.2012, p. 1.

34 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, OJ L 362, 31.12.2012, p. 1.

Amendment    160

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  stipulate the internal control standards for national agencies and the rules for the management of the Union funds for grant support by the national agencies;

(a)  stipulate the internal control standards for national agencies and the rules for the management of the Union funds for grant support by the national agencies, taking into consideration the simplification requirements and, therefore, not imposing additional any burden on participating organisations;

Amendment    161

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa)  specify annual priorities;

Amendment    162

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab)  consult national agencies for the establishment of procedures, instruments and tools, ensuring adequate resources for management fees;

Amendment    163

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7.  The Commission shall organise regular meetings with the network of national agencies in order to ensure coherent implementation of the European Solidarity Corps across all participating countries.

7.  The Commission shall organise regular meetings with the network of national agencies, with the participating and sending organisations as well as with civil society stakeholders involved in the activities of the ESVS, such as youth organisations, in order to ensure coherent implementation of the ESVS across all participating countries. The Commission shall invite existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the ESVS, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, European Volunteer Centre (CEV) and The European Youth Forum (YFJ) and other relevant civil society organisations including networks representing employers and trade unions to attend those meetings.

Amendment    164

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  National agencies shall be responsible for the primary controls of grant beneficiaries for the actions of the European Solidarity Corps which are entrusted to them. Those controls shall give reasonable assurance that the grants awarded are used as intended and in compliance with the applicable Union rules.

3.  National agencies and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency - EACEA, shall be responsible for the primary controls of grant beneficiaries for the actions of the ESVS which are entrusted to them. Those controls shall be proportionate and adequate and give reasonable assurance that the grants awarded are used as intended and in compliance with the applicable Union rules, taking into consideration the simplification requirements and, therefore, not imposing any additional burden on participating organisations. Furthermore, in order to simplify requirements for beneficiaries, lump sums, unit costs or flat rate funding shall be used to the fullest extent possible.

Amendment    165

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  In order to implement this Regulation, the Commission shall adopt work programmes by way of implementing acts. Each work programme shall ensure that the general and specific objectives set out in Articles 3 and 4 are implemented in a consistent manner and shall outline the expected results, the method of implementation and its total amount. The work programmes shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action, an indication of the distribution of funds between the participating countries for the actions to be managed through the national agencies and an indicative implementation timetable.

1.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25a concerning the adoption of work programmes. Each work programme shall ensure that the general and specific objectives set out in Articles 3 and 4 are implemented in a consistent manner and shall outline the expected results, the method of implementation and its total amount. The work programmes shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, including joint actions at cross-border level, an indication of the amount allocated to each action, an indication of the distribution of funds between the participating countries for the actions to be managed through the national agencies and an indicative implementation timetable.

Justification

Parliament and the Council should be consulted about the implementing measures for this regulation.

Amendment    166

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  After two years of implementation of this Regulation by the Commission through work programmes, the result indicators of the ESVS shall be submitted to further scrutiny by Council and Parliament, in order to assess the appropriate integration of the envisaged objectives and activities in a formal youth policy framework to be put in place after 2020.

Amendment    167

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 25(2).

deleted

Amendment    168

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 25

deleted

Committee procedure

 

1.  The Commission shall be assisted by the committee established by Article 36 of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

 

2.  Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

Justification

Parliament and the Council should be consulted about the implementing measures for this regulation.

Amendment    169

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 25a

 

Exercise of the delegation

 

1.   The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

 

2.   The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 24 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from [date of entry into force of this Regulation]. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

 

3.   The delegation of power referred to in Article 24 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

 

4.   Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making of 13 April 2016.

 

5.   As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

 

6.   A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 24 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

Amendment    170

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 27

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013

 

In Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013, the following paragraph is added:

 

‘3.  A maximum of EUR 3 000 000 in current prices from the sub-programme for Environment corresponding to the priority area Environment Governance and Information and of EUR 1 500 000 in current prices from the sub-programme for Climate Action corresponding to the priority area Climate Governance and Information shall be allocated to finance projects within the meaning of Article 17(4) implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the priority areas within the meaning of Articles 9 and 13. This allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013. ’

 

Amendment    171

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 28

deleted

Amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013

 

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 is amended as follows:

 

1.  Article 58(1) is amended as follows:

 

(a)  the first subparagraph is replaced by the following:

 

‘At the initiative of the Commission, the ESI Funds may support the preparatory, monitoring, administrative and technical assistance, evaluation, audit and control measures necessary for implementing this Regulation and support actions pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX as referred to in the third subparagraph in so far as those actions pursue the aim of economic, social and territorial cohesion. ’

 

(b)  In the third subparagraph, the following point (m) is added:

 

‘ (m)  actions financed pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX on the European Solidarity Corps in order to enhance the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of young people, as well as their employability and facilitating transition into the labour market. ’

 

2.  In Article 91(3), the following subparagraph is added:

 

‘EUR 35 000 000 in current prices of the amount allocated to technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission shall be allocated to the European Solidarity Corps to support its actions, in accordance with point (a) of article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Fund-specific Regulations. ’

 

Amendment    172

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 29

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013

 

In Article 51(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, the following subparagraph is added under the first subparagraph:

 

‘The EAFRD may also finance actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps with an amount of EUR 1 800 000 in current prices in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities for rural development. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013. ’

 

Justification

The European Solidarity Corps should not undermine functioning of other EU programmes while its primary focus should be on youth and volunteers within the Erasmus+ programme (note: this amendment would require deletion of articles 27-31).

Amendment    173

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 30

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013

 

In Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, the following point (j) is added:

 

‘(j)  actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities in the area of agriculture and rural development and notably the actions referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 51(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Fund-specific Regulations. ’

 

Amendment    174

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 31

deleted

Amendment to Decision No 1313/2013/EU

 

In Article 19(1) of Decision No 1313/2013/EU, the following subparagraph is added after the second subparagraph:

 

‘EUR 6 000 000 in current prices from the financial envelope derived from Heading 3 "Security and Citizenship" shall be allocated to finance actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities in the area of civil protection. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Decision No 1313/2013/EU. ’

 

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(2)

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EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a valuable Commission initiative aimed at boosting solidarity in Europe. There is a greater need than ever for this: continuing youth unemployment, currency crises and increasing Euroscepticism mean that more commitment and solidarity are required at European level. In order to address these challenges in a long-term way and promote solidarity as early as possible, the ESC is focusing on the future of Europe: young people. The Commission’s proposed programme comprises an extended European Volunteer Service and an employment strand covering jobs and practical training for the solidarity sector.

As rapporteur I am in favour of reduce the employment part of the programme from the proposed 20% to 5% of the total allocation of the Programme,  in order to ensure the success of the ESC, avoid a deterioration in quality of the posts and reinforce the value of the volunteer service as a whole. Since the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) has exclusive responsibility for amending the paragraphs concerning the employment strand, I look forward to constructive cooperation on this with EMPL members.

I have decided to highlight the concept of solidarity in the programme. The ESC should not be a programme which primarily promotes employment, and it certainly should not be a response to youth unemployment. These issues are addressed by existing initiatives such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative, which were set up precisely with this in mind. These initiatives need to be expanded, and not devalued by the introduction of a new programme.

In addition, the broader question arises of whether working in a profit-oriented company is compatible with the concept of solidarity. The wording of the Commission proposal regarding quality control and follow-up is kept very vague, and this results in dangerous gaps in the area of employment, which will have a negative impact on those taking part.

My report focuses on promoting solidarity among young people as successfully as possible. To this end, the inclusion of disadvantaged young people must be a primary aim. The way to reach this target group is not by way of online portals but through direct contact with individuals. This requires the active involvement of the actors and organisations which organise the volunteer services. The target group can be reached only by building relationships on a personal level. For this reason I call for the targeted promotion of follow-up structures and flexibly-aligned operational bodies which will enable disadvantaged young people to experience volunteer activities. In this context I also support making volunteer services more flexible so that alternative ways of life will be compatible with the ESC and new target groups for the programme can be reached.

In this context I propose changing the name of the European Solidary Corps" to “European Solidarity and Voluntary Service”, to maintain the focus on ‘solidarity’ but eliminate misunderstandings and the negative association of the military-sounding ‘corps’.


OPINION of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (12.1.2018)

for the Committee on Culture and Education

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

(COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD))

Rapporteur: Brando Benifei

(*)Associated committee – Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The European Commission announced the European Solidarity Corps Initiative in December 2016, following President Junker’s speech on the State of the Union. The overarching objective is both to encourage a sense of belonging to the European project by fostering one of its most basic values, solidarity, and to help young Europeans improve their job prospects, given the persistent coexistence of high levels of youth unemployment and skills mismatch. After being already kicked off in its “first phase”, the Commission considered appropriate to propose an ad hoc legal framework, publishing on 30 May 2017 the proposal for a Regulation which is under scrutiny in Parliament and Council. The Regulation sets the legal basis for the Solidarity Corps, defining the budgetary and implementation arrangements for the initiative, as well as setting specific objectives and defining key terms.

The Employment and Social Affairs Committee has been tasked to produce an Opinion on the aspects of the proposal concerning specifically the so-called “occupational strand”, in particular on the definitions of “traineeship” and “job” included in the text. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee has exclusive competences on these parts of the Commission proposal under Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament.

Your EMPL rapporteur, broadly speaking, welcomes the Commission proposal, however he clearly signals, and addresses with his amendments, critical elements in its design. His primary objective is to ensure that the European Solidarity Corps do not open the doors to a possible distortion whereby volunteers are used to carry out tasks which should be performed under regular gainful employment. In this sense, any risk of substitution in the legislation must be dispelled. For this reason, he considers necessary to clearly separate volunteering from traineeships and jobs, also with regard to the funding allocated to both strands. Reference to employment safeguards within the text must be strengthened and the necessity for jobs and traineeships to fully respect national applicable legislation, to be obligatorily remunerated and to be of the highest quality needs to be explicitly mentioned.

The rapporteur also believes that in order to avoid abuses in this field, it is imperative to confine the access to volunteering only to public authorities or the participating organisations in the non-profit sector. This would for example exclude the possibility, currently foreseen in the European Voluntary Service, for big companies or corporations to take up EU funded volunteers, which not only appears disputable from an ethical and financial viewpoint, but could also be turned into an unacceptable form of corporate advertising. Besides, the solidarity sector, given its cross-sectorial nature, as well as its socio-economic significance, needs to be treated with particular attention by regulators, in order to avoid any potential disruptive effect in the labour market.

Instead, for-profit companies should be allowed to take part to the ESC, only insofar they offer a remunerated job or traineeship to young people. A possible alternative option to this approach, which still needs to be explored, could be that if companies or social enterprises actors wish to get involved with the ESC initiative, they should develop partnerships or fund placements in not-for-profit entities expert in the relevant solidarity field.

The European Solidarity Corps, with the proposed adjustments, will offer new opportunities to young people in Europe to engage in solidarity activities and gain meaningful experience on the ground.

Your rapporteur would kindly ask to the Members of the Employment Committee to focus their work on the parts of the text that have a clear relevance for the activities of the EMPL Committee. This would be functional to facilitate the rapid adoption of EMPL position and would be a sign of positive and loyal cooperation with the Culture and Education Committee and the work of its Rapporteur.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs calls on the Committee on Culture and Education, as the committee responsible, to take into account the following amendments:

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1)  The European Union is built on solidarity, among its citizens and among its Member States. This common value guides its actions and provides the necessary unity to cope with current and future societal challenges, which young Europeans are willing to help address by expressing their solidarity in practice.

(1)  The European Union is built on solidarity, among its citizens and among its Member States. This common value guides its actions and provides the necessary unity to cope with current and future societal challenges, which young Europeans are willing to help address by expressing their solidarity in practice. The principle of solidarity is enshrined in Article 2 TEU and the preamble to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2)  The State of the Union address of 14 September 201617 emphasized the need to invest in young people and announced the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps with a view to creating opportunities for young people across the Union to make a meaningful contribution to society, show solidarity and develop their skills, thus getting not only work but also invaluable human experience.

(2)  The State of the Union address of 14 September 201617 emphasized the need to invest in young people and announced the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps with a view to creating opportunities for young people across the Union and enabling them to make a meaningful contribution to society, show solidarity while also developing their informal and non-formal skills, thus getting practical experience in community-based activities and also invaluable human experience.

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17 The State of the Union 2016: Towards a Better Europe – A Europe that Protects, Empowers and Defends, IP/16/3042 (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3042_en.htm).

17 The State of the Union 2016: Towards a Better Europe – A Europe that Protects, Empowers and Defends, IP/16/3042 (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3042_en.htm).

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a)  The European Union and Member States should undertake on principle to establish arrangements making involvement in the European Solidarity Corps as attractive as possible.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  In its Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 201618 , the Commission emphasised the need to strengthen the foundations for solidarity work across Europe, to provide young people with more and better opportunities for solidarity activities covering a broad range of areas, and to support national and local actors, in their efforts to cope with different challenges and crises. The Communication launched a first phase of the European Solidarity Corps whereby different Union programmes have been mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship or job opportunities to young people across the EU. These activities, whether implemented before or after the entry into force of this Regulation, should continue to apply the rules and conditions set by the respective Union programmes that have financed them under the first phase of the European Solidarity Corps.

(3)  In its Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 201618, the Commission emphasised the need to strengthen the foundations for solidarity work across Europe, to provide young people with more and better opportunities for solidarity activities covering a broad range of areas, and to support national, regional and local governmental and non-governmental actors, in their efforts to cope with different challenges and crises. The Communication launched a first phase of the European Solidarity Corps whereby different Union programmes have been mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship or job opportunities to young people across the EU. These activities, whether implemented before or after the entry into force of this Regulation, should continue to apply the rules and conditions set by the respective Union programmes that have financed them under the first phase of the European Solidarity Corps.

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18 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions A European Solidarity Corps, COM(2016) 942 final of 7.12.2016.

18 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions A European Solidarity Corps, COM(2016) 942 final of 7.12.2016.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities while acquiring useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers.

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which would bring positive effects to society while also enabling them in the first place to express their commitment to the benefit of communities and in parallel to acquire useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their skills and enhancing occupational strength which they can go on to apply in an employment setting. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, in the sense that they should respond to unmet societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and competences, be financially accessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions.

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should help respond to unmet societal needs and challenges and contribute to strengthening communities and citizenship and respond to personal and professional development needs of the participants. Solidarity activities should be of high quality and effectively accessible to all young people, offering them the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and competences and to have their efforts recognised, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions. Particular efforts should be made to ensure the effective inclusiveness and accessibility of the solidarity activities offered, notably in relation to young people with fewer opportunities, in particular young people with disabilities. Solidarity activities should never replace corporate social responsibility policies, nor should have a negative impact on existing jobs or traineeships.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  The European Solidarity Corps would provide a single entry point for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States to support young people and ease their school-to-work transition under the Youth Guarantee19 by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, should also be ensured. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

(6)  The European Solidarity Corps would provide a main entry point for solidarity activities undertaken by young people throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service, and should not jeopardise financing of the already existing relevant programmes in the area of solidarity. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States to support young people in accessing volunteering opportunities and those developed to ease their school-to-work transition by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) and other relevant civil society organisations including the social partners, should also be ensured. Partnerships with European networks which are specialised in certain urgent social problems which are insufficiently tackled by Member States such as extreme poverty, homelessness, destitution among Roma communities, exclusion of asylum seekers, should be established. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

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19 Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee (2013/C 120/01).

 

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the concerned programmes. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the beneficiaries should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the concerned programmes. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the participating organisations should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8)  The European Solidarity Corps should open up new opportunities for young people to carry out volunteering, traineeship or job placements in solidarity-related areas as well as to devise and develop solidarity projects based on their own initiative. Those opportunities should contribute to enhancing their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development. The European Solidarity Corps should also support networking activities for European Solidarity Corps participants and organisations as well as measures to ensure the quality of the supported activities and to enhance the validation of their learning outcomes.

(8)  The European Solidarity Corps should open up new opportunities for young people to carry out volunteering, traineeship or job placements in solidarity-related areas as well as to devise and develop solidarity projects based on their own initiative. Those opportunities should help respond to unmet societal needs and contribute to strengthening communities and should contribute to enhancing the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of young people. The European Solidarity Corps should also support networking activities for European Solidarity Corps participants and organisations as well as measures to ensure the quality of the supported activities and to enhance the validation of their learning outcomes. It should also contribute to supporting and strengthening existing organisations implementing solidarity actions.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a)  As an asset on a CV, the European Solidarity Corps should help to accelerate and facilitate the labour market integration of young Europeans.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9)  Voluntary activities constitute a rich experience in a non-formal and informal learning context which enhances young people's personal, socio-educational and professional development, active citizenship and employability. Voluntary activities should not have an adverse effect on potential or existing paid employment, nor should they be seen as a substitute for it. In order to ensure continuity with respect to the volunteering activities that are supported at Union level, the volunteering activities under the European Voluntary Service that fall within the geographical scope of the European Solidarity Corps should be supported by the latter in the form of cross-border volunteering placements. The other volunteering activities under the European Voluntary Service that do not fall under the geographical scope of the European Solidarity Corps should continue to be supported under the Programme established by Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport20. With respect to the interpretation of related legislation at Union level, both the cross-border volunteering placements under the European Solidarity Corps and the volunteering activities that continue to be supported under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should be considered equivalent to those carried out under the European Voluntary Service.

(9)  Voluntary activities constitute a rich experience in a non-formal and informal learning context which enhances young people's personal, socio-educational and professional development, active citizenship and employability. However, given the cross-sectorial nature of solidarity-related activities, the different status of entities and organisations potentially involved into these activities, as well as the socio-economic significance of the solidarity sector in the EU, provisions should be taken in this Regulation to ensure that voluntary activities do not have an adverse effect on potential or existing paid employment, nor should they be ever seen or effectively deployed as a substitute for it. For this reason, solidarity placements in the form of volunteering under this Regulation should be offered exclusively by and limited to public bodies or participating organisations in the non-profit sector. In order to ensure continuity with respect to the volunteering activities that are supported at Union level, the volunteering activities under the European Voluntary Service that fall within the geographical scope of the European Solidarity Corps should be supported by the latter in the form of cross-border volunteering placements. The other volunteering activities under the European Voluntary Service that do not fall under the geographical scope of the European Solidarity Corps should continue to be supported under the Programme established by Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport20. With respect to the interpretation of related legislation at Union level, both the cross-border volunteering placements under the European Solidarity Corps and the volunteering activities that continue to be supported under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should be considered equivalent to those carried out under the European Voluntary Service.

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20 Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No 1719/2006/EC, No 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC, OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 50.

20 Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No 1719/2006/EC, No 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC, OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 50.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10)  Traineeships and jobs in solidarity-related areas can offer additional opportunities for young people to make a start on the labour market while contributing to addressing key societal challenges. This can help foster the employability and productivity of young people while easing their transition from education to employment, which is key to enhancing their chances on the labour market. The traineeship placements offered under the European Solidarity Corps should be remunerated by the participating organisation and follow the quality principles outlined in the Council Recommendation on establishing a Quality Framework for Traineeships of 10 March 201421. The traineeships and jobs offered should constitute a stepping stone for young people to enter the labour market and should therefore be accompanied by adequate post-placement support. The traineeship and job placements should be facilitated by relevant labour market actors, in particular public and private employment services, social partners and Chambers of Commerce. As participating organisations, they should be able to apply for funding via the competent implementing structure of the European Solidarity Corps in view of intermediating between the young participants and employers offering traineeship and job placements in solidarity sectors.

(10)  The European Solidarity Corps should also provide for a framework for traineeships and jobs in solidarity-related areas to help build social, economic and civic cohesion. Traineeships and jobs should be clearly separate from voluntary activities, both from a financial and organisational point of view, as they can offer different and additional opportunities for young people to make a start and can increase their chances on the labour market and career prospects while contributing to addressing key societal challenges. Traineeships and jobs should never lead to job substitution. Remunerated traineeships and jobs, however, can represent an incentive for disadvantaged young people and those with fewer opportunities to participate in solidarity-related activities that they might not otherwise be able to access. Traineeship placements can ease the transition of young people from education to employment, which is key to achieving their sustainable integration into the labour market. The traineeship placements offered under the European Solidarity Corps should always be remunerated by the participating organisation and should follow the quality principles outlined in the Council Recommendation on establishing a Quality Framework for Traineeships of 10 March 201421. The traineeship placements should, moreover, be distinguished from voluntary work and based on a written agreement concluded at the beginning of the traineeship between the trainee and the participating organisation. Such written agreements should indicate the educational and training objectives, the working conditions and the duration of the traineeship, the remuneration of the trainee and the rights and obligations of the parties under the applicable national law, applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the traineeship takes place. Traineeship placements offered should constitute a stepping stone for young people to enter the labour market and should not substitute jobs. Traineeship placements should be temporary and should have a reasonable duration as defined in this Regulation. Job placements should be based on a written contract and should respect all the terms and conditions of employment as defined in national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the job is carried out. Financial support to participating organisations offering job placements should not exceed twelve months. Traineeships and jobs should be clearly distinguished, in terms of funding and substance, from voluntary activities, and should therefore be accompanied by adequate preparation, on-the-job training and post-placement support in relation to the participation of the participant in the European Solidarity Corps. The traineeship and job placements should be facilitated by relevant labour market actors, in particular public and private employment services, social partners and Chambers of Commerce. As participating organisations, they should be able to apply for funding via the competent implementing structure of the European Solidarity Corps in view of intermediating between the young participants and employers offering traineeship and job placements in solidarity sectors.

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21 Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, OJ C 88, 27.3.2014, p. 1.

21 Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, OJ C 88, 27.3.2014, p. 1.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11)  Young people’s spirit of initiative is an important asset for society and for the labour market. The European Solidarity Corps should contribute to fostering this aspect by offering young people the opportunity to devise and implement their own projects aimed at addressing specific challenges to the benefit of their local communities. Those projects should be an opportunity to try out ideas and support young people to be themselves drivers of solidarity actions. They could also serve as a springboard for further engagement in solidarity activities and could be a first step towards encouraging European Solidarity Corps participants to engage in self-employment or setting up associations, NGOs or other bodies active in the solidarity, non-profit and youth sectors.

(11)  Young people’s spirit of initiative is an important asset for society and for the labour market. The European Solidarity Corps should contribute to fostering this aspect by offering young people the opportunity to devise and implement their own projects aimed at addressing specific challenges to the benefit of the local communities. Those projects should be an opportunity to develop innovative solutions in a sustainable way and support young people to be themselves drivers of solidarity actions. They could also serve as a springboard for further engagement in various forms of solidarity activities and could be a first step towards encouraging European Solidarity Corps participants to engage in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship or setting up associations, NGOs or other bodies active in the solidarity, non-profit and youth sectors, and become increasingly involved in associative activities. Necessary support should be given to young people and youth and student organizations, for achieving effective development for the initiatives. Post-placement support could include support and advice to participants interested in setting-up and piloting associations, cooperatives, social enterprises, youth organisations and community-centres. Such support could include a feasibility study, choice of the legal form, business plan development, financial and fiscal advice, risk assessment, advice on communications, promotion and marketing activities.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12)  Young people and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps should feel that they belong to a community of individuals and entities committed to enhancing solidarity across Europe. At the same time, participating organisations need support to strengthen their capacities to offer good quality placements to an increasing number of participants. The European Solidarity Corps should support networking activities aimed at strengthening young people and participating organisations’ engagement in this community, at fostering a European Solidarity Corps spirit, as well as at encouraging the exchange of useful practices and experience. Those activities should also contribute to raising awareness about the European Solidarity Corps among public and private actors as well as to collect feedback from participants and participating organisations on the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps.

(12)  Young people and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps should feel that they belong to a community of individuals and entities committed to enhancing solidarity across Europe. At the same time, participating organisations need support to strengthen their capacities to offer good quality placements to an increasing number of participants. The European Solidarity Corps should support networking activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of young people and participating organisations’ engagement in this community, at fostering a European Solidarity Corps spirit, as well as at encouraging the exchange of useful practices and experience. Those activities should also contribute to raising awareness about the European Solidarity Corps among public and private actors as well as to collect feedback from participants and participating organisations on the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13)  Particular attention should be paid to ensuring the quality of the placements and other opportunities offered under the European Solidarity Corps, in particular by offering training, language support, insurance, administrative and post-placement support to participants as well as the validation of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through their European Solidarity Corps experience.

(13)  Particular attention should be paid to ensuring the quality of the placements and other opportunities offered under the European Solidarity Corps, in particular by offering adequate online and offline training, language support, insurance, administrative and pre- and post-placement support to participants. This support should be created in collaboration with youth organisations, other civil society organisations in order to tap into their expertise on the field. Post-placement support should also prioritise the continuous civic engagement of the participants in their community, guiding them towards local organisations or projects to engage with after the placement.

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14)  To ensure the impact of European Solidarity Corps placements on the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participants, the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement should be properly identified and documented, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, as recommended in the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning22.

(14)  To ensure the impact of European Solidarity Corps placements on the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participants, the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement should be properly identified, documented, assessed and certified, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, as recommended in the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning22. This process should be facilitated by the European Commission which published for this purpose the European Guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning and a European Inventory on validation.

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22 Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, OJ C 398, 22.12.2012, p. 1.

22 Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, OJ C 398, 22.12.2012, p. 1.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15)  A quality label should be put in place to ensure compliance of the participating organisations with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter, as regards their rights and responsibilities during all stages of the solidarity experience. Obtaining a quality label should be a precondition for participation but should not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps.

(15)  A quality label and monitoring framework respectively for the volunteering and for traineeships and jobs should be put in place, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, to ensure compliance of the participating organisations with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter, as regards their rights and responsibilities during all stages of the solidarity experience. Obtaining a quality label should be a precondition for participation but should not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps. The quality labels should ensure that European Solidarity Corps activities do not substitute for actual jobs or traineeships. The process that leads to attribution of a quality label should not create additional bureaucracy that would dissuade organisations, in particular private businesses in the occupational component, from contributing to the European Solidarity Corps. A quality label should also ensure that the participating organisations comply with the ex-ante conditionality on social inclusion and particularly with its investment priority on the transition from institutional to community-based health and social services set out in the Common Provisions Regulation on the European Structural and Investment Funds, to prevent that EU funding can be used to support (even in an indirect way) segregating health and social infrastructures.

Justification

Since 2013, the European Union has steadily moved towards the deinstitutionalisation of health services, meaning the process replacing long-stay psychiatric hospitals with less isolated community mental health services, with the inclusion of an ex-ante conditionality in the European Structural and Investment Fund, according to which these funds cannot be dedicated to institutional health services. The European Solidarity Corps should include provisions in this sense.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17)  A European Solidarity Corps Portal should continuously be developed in order to ensure easy access to the European Solidarity Corps and to provide a one-stop shop for both interested individuals and organisations as regards, inter alia, registration, identification and matching of profiles and opportunities, networking and virtual exchanges, online training, language and post-placement support as well as other useful functionalities, which may arise in the future.

(17)  A European Solidarity Corps Portal in all EU official languages should continuously be developed in order to ensure easy access to the European Solidarity Corps and to provide a one-stop shop for both interested individuals and organisations as regards, inter alia, registration, identification and matching of profiles and opportunities, networking and virtual exchanges, information on existing solidarity placements or projects and on participating organisations, social partners, relevant Union and national contact points, online training, language and pre and post-placement support, peer reviews of the placements and direct feedback mechanisms as well as other useful functionalities, which may arise in the future. Particular attention will be made for the Portal to be fully accessible by all young people regardless of their abilities.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a)  It is essential for the good functioning of the programme and the timely deployment of the actions that mechanisms are put in place within the European Solidarity Corps work programmes to guarantee that offers are presented to registered young people within a reasonable and relatively predictable amount of time. Periodic information and updates on available placements and actively involved participating organisations should therefore be sent to registered individual in order to stimulate their engagement with the European Solidarity Corps after their registration, while also offering them the opportunity to directly get in touch with the actors involved in the field of solidarity at both national and European level.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17b)  A quality Framework with quality standards for European Solidarity Corps placement offers should be developed. The basis of this should be the existing legislation protecting the rights ofworkers, trainees and volunteers both at EU and national level, in terms of social protection, minimum income, stability, employment rights, mental and physical health. The definition of the standards should be an inclusive process with the full participation of social partners, youth organisations and volunteering organisations.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23, for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The prime reference amount includes redeployments from the Erasmus+ programme (EUR 197.7 million) and from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EUR 10 million) for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, and it is complemented by contributions from several Union programmes under different headings, such as the European Social Fund, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the LIFE programme and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23, for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The prime reference amount includes redeployments from the Erasmus+ programme (EUR 197.7 million), which should not under any circumstances undermine the funding of mobility projects already earmarked under the Erasmus+ programme, and from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EUR 10 million) for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, and it is complemented by contributions from several Union programmes under different headings, such as the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and the LIFE programme.

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23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(18a)  In the forthcoming discussions on the next budgetary planning period, the funding of the European Solidarity Corps should not in any way undermine the funding of the Erasmus+ mobility programme or other fundamental programmes, such as the ESF or the EAFRD;

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23a)  The target group of young people should be as broad and inclusive as possible, so that young people with different backgrounds, levels of education, skills, capabilities, knowledge and experience participate in the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, whether funded by the European Solidarity Corps budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous basis by the implementing structures of the European Solidarity Corps. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, whether funded by the European Solidarity Corps budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should first receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous basis by the implementing structures of the European Solidarity Corps. Unnecessary administrative burdens must be avoided in this process. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(40)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework should additionally be supplemented by financial contributions from other programmes and headings, which require the amendment of Regulations (EU) No 1293/201327 , (EU) No 1303/201328 , (EU) No 1305/201329 , (EU) No 1306/201330 as well as of Decision No 1313/2013/EU31 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

(40)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework should additionally be supplemented by financial contributions from other programmes and headings, which require the amendment of Regulations (EU) No 1293/201327 , (EU) No 1303/201328 , (EU) No 1305/201329 , (EU) No 1306/201330 as well as of Decision No 1313/2013/EU31 of the European Parliament and of the Council. That financial envelope should be supplemented whilst ensuring that there is no detrimental impact on existing funding provisions for volunteering, social inclusion, employment, but also for mobility, already provided in existing programmes, in particular by Erasmus+ programme. Furthermore, in order to ensure the success and effectiveness of the initiative and in particular to support young people with fewer opportunities, the budget should be increased by the use of appropriate financial means available under the existing MFF-Regulation. Investment in the European Solidarity Corps should be accompanied by increased investment in other complementary EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative.

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27 Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 185).

27 Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 185).

28 Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p.320).

28 Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p.320).

29 Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487).

29 Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487).

30 Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549).

30 Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549).

31 Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, (OJ L347 20.12.2013, p. 924).

31 Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, (OJ L347 20.12.2013, p. 924).

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(41)  This Regulation should apply from 1 January 2018. In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures provided for in this Regulation, this Regulation should enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

(41)  This Regulation should apply from 1 March 2018. In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures provided for in this Regulation, this Regulation should enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1)  “solidarity activity” means an activity aimed at addressing unmet societal needs to the benefit of a community while also fostering the individual’s personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, which may take the form of placements, projects or networking activities, developed in relation to different areas, such as education and training, employment, gender equality, entrepreneurship, in particular social entrepreneurship, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and nature protection, climate action, disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery, agriculture and rural development, provision of food and non-food items, health and wellbeing, creativity and culture, physical education and sport, social assistance and welfare, reception and integration of third-country nationals, territorial cooperation and cohesion;

(1)  “solidarity activity” means an activity aimed at addressing unmet societal needs to the benefit of a community and the society as a whole while also fostering the individual’s personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, which may take the form of placements, projects or networking activities which have European and international added value and a transnational dimension, developed in relation to different areas, such as formal and non-formal education and training, youth work, employment, social inclusion, equality and anti-discrimination, gender equality, social entrepreneurship, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and nature protection, climate action, disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery, civic agriculture and rural development, provision of food and non-food items, health and wellbeing, creativity and culture, physical education and sport, social assistance and welfare, youth assistance, disabilities, solidarity between generations, reception and integration of third-country nationals, including asylum seekers and refugees, territorial cooperation and cohesion;

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  “disadvantaged young people” means individuals who need additional support because of disability, educational difficulties, economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, social obstacles, geographical obstacles;

(3) “young people with fewer opportunities” means individuals who need additional support because they are in disadvantage compared to their peers since they face one or more exclusion factors or obstacles such as disability, learning difficulties, economic obstacles, social obstacles, cultural differences, physical and mental health problems, geographical obstacles;

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  “participating organisation” means any public or private entity that has been attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label, which offers a placement to a participant in the European Solidarity Corps or implements other activities in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps;

(4)  “participating organisation” means any public or private entity that has already been attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label, which offers a volunteering, traineeship or job placement to a participant in the European Solidarity Corps or implements other activities in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps;

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  “solidarity placement” means a volunteering activity, traineeship or job in a solidarity-related area, which is organised by a participating organisation and which contributes to addressing key societal challenges while enhancing the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development and the employability of the European Solidarity Corps participant who undertakes it, either in a country other than the country of residence (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country);

(5)  “solidarity placement” means a volunteering activity, traineeship or job in a solidarity-related area, which is organised by a participating organisation and which contributes to addressing key societal challenges while enhancing the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development and the employability of the European Solidarity Corps participant who undertakes it, either in a country other than the country of residence (cross-border) or, exceptionally for young people with fewer opportunities, in the country of residence of the participant (in-country);

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  “volunteering” means a full-time32 unpaid voluntary service for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability;

(6)  “volunteering” means an unpaid voluntary placement within a public authority or a participating organisation in the non-profit sector, either full-time32 or part-time for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain, validate and certify skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability;

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32 As a general principle, an activity carried out continuously, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day.

32 As a general principle, an activity carried out continuously, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 8

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8)  “traineeship” means a period of work practice from two to twelve months, remunerated by the organisation hosting the European Solidarity Corps participant, based on a written traineeship agreement, which includes a learning and training component, and undertaken in order to gain practical and professional experience with a view to improving employability and facilitating transition to regular employment;

(8)  “traineeship” means a period of work practice from three to six months, renewable once and for a maximum duration of twelve months within the same participating organisation, remunerated by the organisation hosting the European Solidarity Corps participant, which includes a learning and training component, is undertaken in order to gain practical and professional experience with a view to developing competences useful for the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participant, is based on a written agreement concluded at the beginning of the traineeship between the participant and the participating organisation, indicating the educational objectives, the working conditions and duration of the traineeship, the remuneration of the participant and the rights and obligations of the parties under national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the traineeship takes place, and does not substitute jobs;

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9)  "job" means a period of work from two to twelve months, remunerated by the participating organisation employing the European Solidarity Corps participant, carried out in a participating country and based on an employment contract in accordance with the national regulatory framework of that participating country;

(9)  "job" means a period of work of at least six months, based on a written employment contract which respects all the terms and conditions of employment as defined in national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the job is being carried out, that is remunerated by the participating organisation employing the European Solidarity Corps participant;

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10)  “solidarity project” means a local initiative for a period from two to twelve months, which is set up and carried out by groups of at least five European Solidarity Corps participants, with a view to addressing key challenges within their local community while linking them to a broader European perspective;

(10)  “solidarity project” means a local initiative for a period from two to twelve months, which is set up and carried out by groups of at least five European Solidarity Corps participants, with a view to addressing key challenges within their local community while linking them to a broader European perspective. The organisation of guidance as well as pre-support and post-support by an intermediary organisation or the local authorities is mandatory for a solidarity action to take place in order to ensure the sustainability of the project and the quality of the services delivered;

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 11

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11)  “quality label” means the certification attributed to a public or private entity or an international organisation willing to provide placements under the European Solidarity Corps following a procedure aimed at ensuring compliance with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter;

(11)  “quality label” means the certification attributed to a public or private entity or an international organisation wishing to become a participating organisation and willing to provide placements under the European Solidarity Corps following a procedure aimed at ensuring compliance with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter and at ensuring the quality of services delivered by the participating organisations; a separate quality label for volunteering placements and for traineeship and job placements shall be established in partnership with relevant stakeholders;

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12)  “European Solidarity Corps Charter” means the document that sets out the respective rights and responsibilities that all the entities willing to join the European Solidarity Corps must agree to adhere to;

(12)  “European Solidarity Corps Charter” means the document that sets out the respective rights and responsibilities that all the entities willing to join the European Solidarity Corps must agree to adhere to in advance and comply with at all times in order to obtain and keep the quality label;

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 13

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13)  “European Solidarity Corps Resource Center” means the additional functions performed by a designated national agency to support the development and implementation of activities under the European Solidarity Corps as well as the identification of the competences acquired by the participants through their placements and projects;

(13)  “European Solidarity Corps Resource Center” means the additional functions performed by an entity selected for this purpose, following a tender allocation process, to support the development, implementation and quality of activities under the European Solidarity Corps as well as the identification of the competences acquired by the participants through their placements and projects;

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The objective of the European Solidarity Corps is to enhance the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion and solidarity in Europe, supporting communities and responding to societal challenges.

1.  The objective of the European Solidarity Corps is to contribute to the strengthening of cohesion and to promote solidarity in Europe, to support communities and swiftly and effectively respond to societal challenges by enhancing the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities.

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  to ensure that the solidarity activities that are offered to the European Solidarity Corps participants contribute to addressing concrete, unmet societal needs and strengthening communities, are of high quality and properly validated.

(b)  to ensure that the solidarity activities that are offered to the European Solidarity Corps participants contribute to addressing concrete societal needs and strengthening communities, are of high quality and properly validated.

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba)  to ensure that the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participants, the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement are properly identified, documented, assessed and certified.

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb)  to increase the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the Corps by creating adapted formats and promoting tailored and personalised guidance and support measures with a dedicated budget;

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bc)  to prevent organisations from turning social responsibility measures into Solidarity Corps measures and, in so doing, from making improper use of funding;

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  solidarity placements, projects and networking activities

(a)  solidarity placements, in the form of

 

(i)   volunteering;

 

(ii)   traineeships or jobs;

 

(iii)   projects and networking activities;

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point a

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  solidarity placements in the form of volunteering, traineeships or jobs, including individual cross-border and in-country placements as well as volunteering teams’ placements;

(a)  solidarity placements in the form of volunteering, traineeships or jobs, including individual cross-border placements - and, in the case of young people with fewer opportunities, in-country placements - as well as volunteering teams’ placements;

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  networking activities for individuals and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps.

(c)  networking activities for individuals and organisations participating or willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  measures aimed at ensuring the quality of solidarity placements, including training, language support, administrative support for participants and participating organisations, insurance, post-placement support as well as the development of a certificate that identifies and documents the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the placement;

(a)  measures aimed at ensuring the quality and accessibility of solidarity placements, including online and offline comprehensive training, language support, administrative support for participants and participating organisations, insurance, pre and post-placement support as well as the development of an official certificate, building on the experience of the Youth Pass, that identifies, documents, assesses and certifies the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the placement; where relevant, post-placement support to participants interested in setting-up and piloting associations, cooperatives, social enterprises, youth organisations and community-centres;

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point b

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the development and maintenance of a quality label for entities willing to provide placements for the European Solidarity Corps in order to ensure compliance with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter;

(b)  the development and maintenance of quality labels for entities willing to provide respectively volunteering placements or traineeships and job placements for the European Solidarity Corps in order to ensure compliance with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter. A separate accreditation procedure for entities wanting to provide volunteering placements and entities wanting to provide job and traineeship placements with different evaluation criteria, limiting the access to the programme to the actions they are accredited for;

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

This action necessitates overcoming the digital divide so as to make the solidarity efforts proposed by the European Solidarity Corps accessible to all young Europeans, in particular those from rural areas.

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the European Social Fund, contributing with EUR 35 000 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, contributing with EUR 1 800 000 in current prices.

deleted

Amendment    51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The remaining should be financed by the use of all financial means available under the existing MFF-Regulation;

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The financial allocation may also cover expenses pertaining to preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the European Solidarity Corps and the achievement of its objectives, in particular, studies, meetings of experts and information and communication actions, expenses linked to the establishment, maintenance and updating of the European Solidarity Corps Portal and the necessary IT support systems, and all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the European Solidarity Corps.

4.  The financial allocation may also cover expenses pertaining to preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the European Solidarity Corps and the achievement of its objectives, in particular, tailored and personalized support to participating young people with fewer opportunities, studies, meetings of experts and information and communication actions, expenses linked to the establishment, maintenance and updating of the European Solidarity Corps Portal and the necessary IT support systems, and all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the requirements of the European Solidarity Corps.

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the requirements of the European Solidarity Corps. Any entity which substantially changes its activities shall inform the competent implementing body for reassessment. The application and registration process shall be user-friendly. Administrative burdens shall be avoided. The process that leads to the volunteering component shall be differentiated to the process leading to the attribution of a quality label for the volunteering component, taking into consideration the specific characteristics of each component.

Amendment    54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall regularly monitor the performance of the European Solidarity Corps towards achieving its objectives.

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall put a monitoring and evaluation framework in place as a priority and use this to monitor the performance of the European Solidarity Corps towards achieving its objectives.

Amendment    55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea)  number of organisations holding the quality label whose solidarity activities have received funding under the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In each country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of the Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 in their respective countries shall also act as national agencies in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

In each country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of the Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 in their respective countries shall also act as national agencies in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps. EURES network organisations as defined in article 7 of the Regulation (EU) No 2016/589 shall assist those national agencies in the management of the solidarity actions in the form of traineeship and job placements and in the relevant quality and support measures in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

European Solidarity Corps

References

COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

CULT

12.6.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

EMPL

12.6.2017

Associated committees - date announced in plenary

5.10.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Brando Benifei

18.9.2017

Discussed in committee

10.10.2017

4.12.2017

 

 

Date adopted

11.1.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

35

4

5

Members present for the final vote

Laura Agea, Brando Benifei, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Enrique Calvet Chambon, David Casa, Martina Dlabajová, Lampros Fountoulis, Elena Gentile, Arne Gericke, Czesław Hoc, Danuta Jazłowiecka, Agnes Jongerius, Rina Ronja Kari, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Jean Lambert, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Jeroen Lenaers, Verónica Lope Fontagné, Javi López, Thomas Mann, Anthea McIntyre, Joëlle Mélin, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Emilian Pavel, João Pimenta Lopes, Sofia Ribeiro, Claude Rolin, Romana Tomc, Yana Toom, Marita Ulvskog, Tatjana Ždanoka

Substitutes present for the final vote

Maria Arena, Georges Bach, Deirdre Clune, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, António Marinho e Pinto, Ivari Padar, Evelyn Regner, Anne Sander, Sven Schulze, Jasenko Selimovic, Helga Stevens, Flavio Zanonato

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Daniele Viotti

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

35

+

ALDE

PPE

S&D

VERTS/ALE

Enrique Calvet Chambon, Martina Dlabajová, António Marinho e Pinto, Jasenko Selimovic, Yana Toom

Georges Bach, David Casa, Deirdre Clune, Danuta Jazłowiecka, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Jeroen Lenaers, Verónica Lope Fontagné, Thomas Mann, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Sofia Ribeiro, Claude Rolin, Anne Sander, Sven Schulze, Romana Tomc

Maria Arena, Brando Benifei, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Elena Gentile, Agnes Jongerius, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Javi López, Ivari Padar, Emilian Pavel, Evelyn Regner, Marita Ulvskog, Daniele Viotti, Flavio Zanonato

Jean Lambert, Tatjana Ždanoka

4

-

ENF

GUE/NGL

NI

Joëlle Mélin

Rina Ronja Kari, João Pimenta Lopes

Lampros Fountoulis

5

0

ECR

EFDD

Arne Gericke, Czesław Hoc, Anthea McIntyre, Helga Stevens

Laura Agea

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (30.11.2017)

for the Committee on Culture and Education

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

(COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD))

Rapporteur: Eleonora Forenza

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The Commission proposal seeks to lay down a legal framework for the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) by amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, and (EU) No 1306/2013, and Decision No 1313/2013/EU; the future solidarity corps is also to encompass the pre-existing European Voluntary Service (EVS). One point to note is that the European Solidarity Corps and the European Voluntary Service are not placed within the same sphere of responsibility, given that the EVS has implemented volunteering programmes in countries outside the EU. The rapporteur therefore considers it important to ensure that activities carried out under the earlier programme are not jettisoned when the two programmes are merged.

Under the European Solidarity Corps programme, 100 000 young people aged from 18 to 30 are to be mobilised by 2020 through projects focusing on conservation and environmental protection or on social cohesion. The Commission proposal is based on the philosophy of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights(1). The countries that will have access to the programme will be EU Member States and possibly other countries under bilateral agreements, but it should be borne in mind that people are now passing through the EU without a passport of any Member State. That is why the programme needs to include young people even when they do not hold an identity card issued by a Member State, and it should be made easier for them to obtain residence permits and visas.

Solidarity is one of the principles on which the EU is founded; it defines the European project and provides the unity necessary to cope with emergencies and current and future crises. When they celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the European Council, Parliament, and the Commission reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing solidarity, which seeks to promote the overall development of the human sphere(2).

The rapporteur thinks it vital that young people, who are being harder hit by the economic crisis and hence are more vulnerable, should be encouraged and helped to engage in every type of measure aimed at improving systems and policies within a context of solidarity, since that helps to strengthen the culture of human rights on which the EU is built.

It is important to stress that the rights of women, LGBTQI people, and migrants are human rights and that, as these groups are particularly vulnerable, a gender perspective and a migration perspective need to be incorporated into the programme guidelines.

The Commission is to be applauded for making special provision for disadvantaged young people as regards access to the voluntary training programme, which must not, under any circumstances, replace paid work or those traineeships which are regulated by the relevant local laws and intended to lead to employment contracts. The Commission and the Member States should therefore be called upon to exercise oversight in order to rule out such cases.

The rapporteur finds it worrying that resources already earmarked or committed in the education and culture sectors – Erasmus+, for example – are being transferred to the newly established European Solidarity Corps programme: Erasmust+ has proved to be one of the best means of cementing a European consciousness. Experience acquired through Erasmus+ is culturally and educationally valuable, and that fact could also be turned to account in order to guarantee a high standard of training under the European Solidarity Corps programme.

The rapporteur believes, in addition, that the social partners and all civil society stakeholders have to be involved in the process of making ex ante assessment of, and activating, supervising, and monitoring, the programme, without interfering with the voluntary civil protection networks which, whether in the field of environmental protection or because they have been involved in recovery processes in the wake of natural disasters, have contributed to, and collaborated in, Commission programmes of disaster response or environmental protection operations.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety calls on the Committee on Culture and Education, as the committee responsible, to take into account the following amendments:

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities while acquiring useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers.

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities while acquiring useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers and should be in accordance with national labour mobility laws.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, in the sense that they should respond to unmet societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and competences, be financially accessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions.

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, in the sense that they should respond to unmet societal needs, contribute to strengthening local communities and social cohesion, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and competences, be financially accessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  The European Solidarity Corps would provide a single entry point for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States to support young people and ease their school-to-work transition under the Youth Guarantee19 by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, should also be ensured. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

(6)  The European Solidarity Corps would provide a single entry point, free from discrimination based on gender or social class, for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States to support young people and ease their school-to-work transition under the Youth Guarantee19 by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union-level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, should also be ensured. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, including schemes operating at regional or local level, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

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19 Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee (2013/C 120/01).

19 Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee (2013/C 120/01).

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the concerned programmes. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the beneficiaries should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the programmes concerned with a view to securing greater involvement of young people, civil society, and existing volunteering schemes in Member States. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the beneficiaries should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23 , for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The prime reference amount includes redeployments from the Erasmus+ programme (EUR 197.7 million) and from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EUR 10 million) for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, and it is complemented by contributions from several Union programmes under different headings, such as the European Social Fund, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the LIFE programme and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23, for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. With the exception of redeployments, the prime reference amount should be financed through the use of all financial means available under Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/201323a.

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23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

 

23a Council Regulation (EU) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (OJ L 347 20.12.2013, p. 884).

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(18a)  Where the actions of the European Solidarity Corps are not directly related to financial means available under Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013, the Commission should ensure that new additional funding is available.

Justification

The actions undertaken by the European Solidarity Corps must be related with the funds and programmes through which they are financed; for those actions which are not, the Commission must ensure there are additional sources of funding through which to implement those actions.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow participating countries to make additional national funding available in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps.

(20)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, Member States, and, where applicable, competent sub-state bodies with their own exclusive legislative powers, as well as participating countries, should adopt provisions to make additional national, regional and local funding available in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24)  Special attention should be paid to ensuring that the activities supported by the European Solidarity Corps are accessible to all young people, notably the most disadvantaged ones. Special measures should therefore be put in place to promote social inclusion, the participation of disadvantaged young people, as well as to take into account the constraints imposed by the remoteness of the outermost regions of the Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories24. Similarly, the participating countries should endeavour to adopt all appropriate measures to remove legal and administrative obstacles to the proper functioning of the European Solidarity Corps. This includes resolving, where possible, and without prejudice to the Schengen acquis and Union law on the entry and residence of third-country nationals, administrative issues that create difficulties in obtaining visas and residence permits.

(24)  Special attention should be paid to ensuring that the activities supported by the European Solidarity Corps are accessible to all young people, notably the most disadvantaged ones. Special measures should therefore be put in place to promote social inclusion, the participation of disadvantaged young people, as well as to take into account the constraints imposed by the remoteness of the outermost regions of the Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories24. Similarly, the Member States and the participating countries should endeavour to adopt all appropriate measures to remove legal and administrative obstacles to the proper functioning of the European Solidarity Corps. This includes resolving, where possible, and without prejudice to the Schengen acquis and Union law on the entry and residence of third-country nationals, administrative issues that create difficulties in obtaining visas and residence permits.

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24 Individuals from an overseas country or territory (OCT) and competent public and /or private bodies and institutions from an OCT may participate in the programmes in accordance with Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community, OJ L314, 30.11.2001, p.1.

24 Individuals from an overseas country or territory (OCT) and competent public and /or private bodies and institutions from an OCT may participate in the programmes in accordance with Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community, OJ L314, 30.11.2001, p.1.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, whether funded by the European Solidarity Corps budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous basis by the implementing structures of the European Solidarity Corps. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

(Does not affect the English version.)  

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Text proposed by the Commission

(28)  Appropriate outreach, publicity and dissemination of the opportunities and results of the actions supported by the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured at European, national and local level. The outreach, publicity and dissemination activities should rely on all the implementing bodies of the European Solidarity Corps, including, when relevant, with the support of other key stakeholders.

(28)  Appropriate outreach, publicity and dissemination of the opportunities and results of the actions supported by the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured by means of website portals at European, national, regional and local level. The outreach, publicity and dissemination activities, should rely on all the implementing bodies of the European Solidarity Corps, and on Union programmes already associated with the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 29

Text proposed by the Commission

Text proposed by the Commission

(29)  In order to ensure greater efficiency in communication to the public at large and stronger synergies between the communication activities undertaken at the initiative of the Commission, the resources allocated to communication under this Regulation should also contribute to covering the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, provided that these are related to the general objective of this Regulation.

(29)  In order to ensure greater efficiency in communication to the public at large and stronger synergies between the communication activities undertaken at the initiative of the Commission, the resources allocated to communication under this Regulation should also contribute to covering the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, such as social integration, cohesion, environmental protection and climate change mitigation, as related to the general objective of this Regulation and be consistent with the objectives of the funding sources of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(37)  For reasons of efficiency and effectiveness, the committee established under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should also assist the Commission in the implementation of this Regulation. With respect to the European Solidarity Corps, that committee should convene in a specific configuration and its mandate should be aligned in order to fulfil this new role. It should be for the participating countries to appoint the relevant representatives for those meetings, taking into account the volunteering and occupational dimensions of the European Solidarity Corps.

(37)  For reasons of efficiency and effectiveness, the committee established under Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 should also assist the Commission in the implementation of this Regulation. With respect to the European Solidarity Corps, that committee should convene in a specific configuration and its mandate should be aligned in order to fulfil this new role. It should be for the Member States and participating countries to appoint the relevant representatives for those meetings, taking into account the volunteering and occupational dimensions of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(40)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework should additionally be supplemented by financial contributions from other programmes and headings, which require the amendment of Regulations (EU) No 1293/201327 , (EU) No 1303/201328 , (EU) No 1305/201329 , (EU) No 1306/201330 as well as of Decision No 1313/2013/EU31 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

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27 Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 185).

 

28 Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p.320).

 

29 Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487).

 

30 Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549).

 

31 Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, (OJ L347 20.12.2013, p. 924).

 

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1)  “solidarity activity” means an activity aimed at addressing unmet societal needs to the benefit of a community while also fostering the individual’s personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, which may take the form of placements, projects or networking activities, developed in relation to different areas, such as education and training, employment, gender equality, entrepreneurship, in particular social entrepreneurship, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and nature protection, climate action, disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery, agriculture and rural development, provision of food and non-food items, health and wellbeing, creativity and culture, physical education and sport, social assistance and welfare, reception and integration of third-country nationals, territorial cooperation and cohesion;

(1)  “solidarity activity” means an activity aimed at addressing unmet societal needs to the benefit of a community while also fostering the individual’s personal, educational, social, civic and formative development, which may take the form of placements, projects or networking activities, developed in relation to different areas, such as education and training, employment, gender equality, social entrepreneurship, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and nature protection, climate action, disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery, agriculture and rural development, provision of food and non-food items, health and wellbeing, creativity and culture, physical education and sport, social assistance and welfare, disability, reception and integration of third-country nationals as well as territorial cooperation and cohesion;

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  “disadvantaged young people”means individuals who need additional support because of disability, educational difficulties, economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, social obstacles, geographical obstacles;

(3)  “disadvantaged young people” means individuals who need additional support because of disability, educational or integration difficulties, economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, social obstacles, geographical obstacles;

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  “volunteering” means a full-time32 unpaid voluntary service for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability;

(6)  “volunteering” means a full-time32 unpaid voluntary service for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and formative development, and hence will also improve their potential employability;

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32 As a general principle, an activity carried out continuously, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day.

32.As a general principle, an activity carried out continuously, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)  “volunteering teams’ placements” means placements allowing teams of European Solidarity Corps participants from different participating countries to volunteer together for a common objective, by carrying out manual or intellectual tasks, on a worthwhile community service project for a period between two weeks and two months;

(7)  “volunteering teams’ placements” means placements allowing teams of European Solidarity Corps participants from different Member States and other participating countries to volunteer together for a common objective, by carrying out manual or intellectual tasks, on a worthwhile community service project for a period between two weeks and two months;

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14)  "European Solidarity Corps Portal" means a web-based tool that provides relevant online services to the European Solidarity Corps participants and participating organisations, including providing information about the European Solidarity Corps, registering participants, searching for participants for placements, advertising and searching for placements, searching for potential project partners, managing contacts and offers for placements and projects, training, communication and networking activities, informing and notifying about opportunities, as well as other relevant developments related to the European Solidarity Corps.

(14)  "European Solidarity Corps Portal" means a web-based tool that provides relevant online services to the European Solidarity Corps participants and participating organisations, including providing information about the European Solidarity Corps, registering participants, managing quality labels, searching for participants for placements, advertising and searching for placements, searching for potential project partners, managing contacts and offers for placements and projects, training, communication and networking activities, informing and notifying about opportunities and disseminating the results of solidarity actions, as well as other relevant developments related to the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The objective of the European Solidarity Corps is to enhance the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion and solidarity in Europe, supporting communities and responding to societal challenges.

The objective of the European Solidarity Corps is to enhance the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion and solidarity in Europe, supporting communities and responding to epoch-making challenges, especially those related to greater social integration, education and employment, as well as environmental protection and climate change mitigation.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Commission and the participating countries shall cooperate to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, by ensuring coherence between national programmes and schemes related to solidarity, education, vocational training and youth on the one hand and actions under the European Solidarity Corps on the other hand. Those actions shall build on relevant good practices and existing programmes.

2.  The Commission, the Member States and other participating countries shall cooperate to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, by ensuring coherence between national programmes and schemes related to solidarity, education, vocational training and youth, without prejudice to the legislative powers of sub-state authorities, on the one hand, and actions under the European Solidarity Corps on the other hand. Those actions shall build on relevant good practices and existing programmes.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The European Solidarity Corps shall pursue its objectives through the following types of actions:

The European Solidarity Corps shall pursue its objectives through the following types of actions within the framework of the objectives of its funding sources:

Justification

Given that funding for the European Solidarity Corps is coming from Erasmus+, EaSI, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, LIFE, the ESF and the EAFRD, the objectives of the Corps must be related with those pursued under the funds through which it is financed.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  solidarity placements, projects and networking activities

(a)  solidarity placements, projects and networking activities concerning civil society;

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  networking activities for individuals and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps.

(c)  networking activities for individuals and organisations participating in the European Solidarity Corps, which shall be entirely consistent with, and complement, proven experience on the ground at local and regional level, and, in particular, good volunteering and civil protection practice.

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  measures aimed at ensuring the quality of solidarity placements, including training, language support, administrative support for participants and participating organisations, insurance, post-placement support as well as the development of a certificate that identifies and documents the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the placement;

(a)  measures aimed at ensuring the high quality of solidarity placements, including a comprehensive training programme, language support, administrative support for participants and participating organisations, insurance, post-placement support as well as the development of a certificate that identifies and documents the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the placement;

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Text proposed by the Commission

(d)  the establishment, maintenance and updating of the European Solidarity Corps Portal and other relevant online services as well as the necessary IT support systems and web-based tools.

(d)  the establishment, maintenance and updating of the European Solidarity Corps Portal, including participants’ field reports, and other relevant online services, primarily to disseminate the aims of this Regulation and publicise its accessibility, as well as the necessary IT support systems and web-based tools.

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The amount referred to in paragraph 1 includes a financial envelope of EUR 294 200 00033 in current prices supplemented by contributions from:

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(a) the European Social Fund, contributing with EUR 35 000 000 in current prices;

 

(b) the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, contributing with EUR 6 000 000 in current prices;

 

(c) the LIFE programme, contributing with EUR 4 500 000 in current prices;

 

(d) the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, contributing with EUR 1 800 000 in current prices.

 

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33 This financial envelope constitutes the prime reference amount within the meaning of point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement (2013/C 373/01) between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

 

Justification

We believe that new initiatives should not be financed from relocation from existing programmes and funds; they should rather be financed from all other resources available under the existing MFF.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  A participating country may make national funding available to beneficiaries to be managed in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps and, to this end, use the decentralised structures of the European Solidarity Corps, as long as it ensures the complementary pro rata funding of these structures.

6.  A participating country shall, in accordance with its resources, make national funding available to beneficiaries to be managed in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps and, to this end, use the decentralised structures of the European Solidarity Corps, as long as it ensures the complementary pro rata funding of these structures. Member States may make new additional funding available.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Member States shall participate in the European Solidarity Corps.

1.  The Member States shall participate in the European Solidarity Corps. In Member States where powers relating to the performance of European Solidarity Corps actions have been transferred to sub-state authorities, mechanisms shall be developed, through national agencies acting as implementing bodies, to enable the direct participation of those authorities.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  When implementing this Regulation, the Commission and the participating countries shall ensure that particular efforts are made to promote social inclusion, in particular for the participation of disadvantaged young people.

2.  When implementing this Regulation, the Member States and other participating countries shall ensure that particular efforts are made to promote social inclusion, in particular for the participation of disadvantaged and more vulnerable young people, and shall, to that end adopt a gender-sensitive approach.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The European Solidarity Corps shall be open to the participation of public or private entities, or international organisations, provided that they have received a European Solidarity Corps quality label.

1.  The European Solidarity Corps shall be open to the participation of public or private entities, or international organisations, provided that they have received a European Solidarity Corps quality label in line with the objectives of this Regulation.

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the requirements of the European Solidarity Corps.

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the requirements and objectives of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  As a result of the assessment the entity may be attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label. The obtained label shall be re-assessed periodically and may be revoked.

3.  As a result of the assessment the entity may be attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label. The obtained label shall be re-assessed at least every two years, without creating excessive administrative burdens, and may be revoked.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  The European Solidarity Corps quality label shall not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps.

5.  The European Solidarity Corps quality label shall not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps, but shall be an essential prerequisite for such funding.

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Any public or private entity established in a participating country as well as international organisations carrying out solidarity activities in the participating countries may apply for funding under the European Solidarity Corps. In the case of the activities referred to in point (a) of Article 7(1), a quality label shall be obtained by the participating organisation as a pre-condition for receiving funding under the European Solidarity Corps. In the case of the solidarity projects referred to in point (b) of Article 7(1), natural persons may also apply for funding on behalf of informal groups of European Solidarity Corps participants.

Any public or private entity established in a Member State or other participating country as well as international organisations carrying out solidarity activities in a Member State or other participating countries may apply for funding under the European Solidarity Corps. In the case of the activities referred to in point (a) of Article 7(1), a quality label shall be obtained by the participating organisation as a pre-condition for receiving funding under the European Solidarity Corps. In the case of the solidarity projects referred to in point (b) of Article 7(1), natural persons may also apply for funding on behalf of informal groups of European Solidarity Corps participants.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall regularly monitor the performance of the European Solidarity Corps towards achieving its objectives.

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the Member States and other participating countries, shall regularly monitor the performance of the European Solidarity Corps towards achieving its objectives.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  number of participants in volunteering placements (in-country and cross-border);

(a)  number of participants in volunteering placements, including disavantaged young people (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  number of participants in traineeship placements (in-country and cross-border);

(b)  number of participants in traineeship placements, including disavantaged young people (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  number of participants in job placements (in-country and cross-border);

(c)  number of participants in job placements, including disavantaged young people (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  number of participants in solidarity projects;

(d)  number of participants in solidarity projects, including disavantaged young people;

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point d a(new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  number of solidarity projects;

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall ensure the dissemination of information, publicity and follow-up with regard to all actions supported in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the Member States and other participating countries, shall ensure the dissemination of information, publicity and follow-up with regard to all actions supported in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps and to everything relating to registration and the accessibility of the procedures.

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The national agencies referred to in Article 20 shall develop a consistent policy with regard to effective outreach as well as dissemination and exploitation of results of activities supported under the actions they manage, shall assist the Commission in the general task of disseminating information concerning the European Solidarity Corps, including information in respect of actions managed at national and Union level, and their results, and shall inform relevant target groups about the initiatives undertaken in their country.

2.  The national agencies referred to in Article 20 shall develop a consistent policy and a suitable strategy with regard to effective outreach as well as dissemination and exploitation of results of activities supported under the actions they manage, shall assist the Commission in the general task of disseminating information concerning the European Solidarity Corps, including information in respect of actions managed at national and Union level, and their results, and shall inform relevant target groups about the initiatives undertaken in their country.

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the national agencies at national level in the participating countries.

(b)  the national agencies appointed in the Member States and other participating countries.

Justification

The differing situation on the ground in Member States where powers have been transferred to a sub-state level with own legislative powers must be factored into the equation.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In each country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national authorities designated for the management of actions referred to in Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 shall also act as national authorities in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps. Paragraphs 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of Article 27 of that Regulation shall apply to the European Solidarity Corps by analogy. For countries referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 11 of this Regulation, where a national authority is not identified for that country, it shall be designated in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 6 and 8 to 15 of Article 27 of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013.

In each country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national authorities designated for the management of actions referred to in Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 shall also act as national authorities in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps. In Member States where powers relating to that Chapter have been transferred to sub-state authorities with their own exclusive legislative powers, mechanisms shall be developed, through national agencies acting as implementing bodies, to enable the direct participation of those authorities. Paragraphs 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of Article 27 of that Regulation shall apply to the European Solidarity Corps by analogy. For countries referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 11 of this Regulation, where a national authority is not identified for that country, it shall be designated in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 6 and 8 to 15 of Article 27 of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013.

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In each country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of the Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 in their respective countries shall also act as national agencies in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

In each Member State and other country participating in the European Solidarity Corps, the national agencies designated for the management of the actions referred to in Chapter III of the Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 in their respective countries shall also act as national agencies in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps. In Member States where powers relating to that Chapter have been transferred to sub-state authorities with their own exclusive legislative powers, mechanisms shall be developed, through national agencies acting as implementing bodies, to enable the direct participation of those authorities.

Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  In order to implement this Regulation, the Commission shall adopt work programmes by way of implementing acts. Each work programme shall ensure that the general and specific objectives set out in Articles 3 and 4 are implemented in a consistent manner and shall outline the expected results, the method of implementation and its total amount. The work programmes shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action, an indication of the distribution of funds between the participating countries for the actions to be managed through the national agencies and an indicative implementation timetable.

1.  The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25a concerning the adoption of work programmes. Each work programme shall ensure that the general and specific objectives set out in Articles 3 and 4 are implemented in a consistent manner and shall outline the expected results, the method of implementation and its total amount. The work programmes shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action, an indication of the distribution of funds between the participating countries for the actions to be managed through the national agencies and an indicative implementation timetable.

Justification

Parliament and the Council should be consulted about the implementing measures for this regulation.

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 25(2).

deleted

Justification

Parliament and the Council should be consulted about the implementing measures for this regulation.

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 25

deleted

Committee procedure

 

1.  The Commission shall be assisted by the committee established by Article 36 of Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

 

2.  Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

Justification

Parliament and the Council should be consulted about the implementing measures for this regulation.

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 25a

 

Exercise of the delegation

 

1.  The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

 

2.  The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 24 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from [date of entry into force of this Regulation]. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the two-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

 

3.  The delegation of power referred to in Article 24 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

 

4.  Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making of 13 April 2016.

 

5.  As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

 

6.  A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 24 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

Justification

Parliament and the Council should be consulted about the implementing measures for this regulation.

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

[...]

deleted

Amendment    51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 27

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013

 

In Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013, the following paragraph is added:

 

‘3. A maximum of EUR 3 000 000 in current prices from the sub-programme for Environment corresponding to the priority area Environment Governance and Information and of EUR 1 500 000 in current prices from the sub-programme for Climate Action corresponding to the priority area Climate Governance and Information shall be allocated to finance projects within the meaning of Article 17(4) implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the priority areas within the meaning of Articles 9 and 13. This allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013.

 

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 28

deleted

Amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013

 

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 is amended as follows:

 

1. Article 58(1) is amended as follows:

 

(a) the first subparagraph is replaced by the following:

 

‘At the initiative of the Commission, the ESI Funds may support the preparatory, monitoring, administrative and technical assistance, evaluation, audit and control measures necessary for implementing this Regulation and support actions pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX as referred to in the third subparagraph in so far as those actions pursue the aim of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

 

‘(m) actions financed pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX on the European Solidarity Corps in order to enhance the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of young people, as well as their employability and facilitating transition into the labour market.

 

‘EUR 35 000 000 in current prices of the amount allocated to technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission shall be allocated to the European Solidarity Corps to support its actions, in accordance with point (a) of article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Fund-specific Regulations.

 

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 29

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013

 

In Article 51(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, the following subparagraph is added under the first subparagraph:

 

‘The EAFRD may also finance actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps with an amount of EUR 1 800 000 in current prices in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities for rural development. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013.

 

Amendment    54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 30

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013

 

In Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, the following point (j) is added:

 

‘(j) actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities in the area of agriculture and rural development and notably the actions referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 51(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Fund-specific Regulations.

 

Amendment    55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 31

deleted

Amendment to Decision No 1313/2013/EU

 

In Article 19(1) of Decision No 1313/2013/EU, the following subparagraph is added after the second subparagraph:

 

‘EUR 6 000 000 in current prices from the financial envelope derived from Heading 3 "Security and Citizenship" shall be allocated to finance actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities in the area of civil protection. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Decision No 1313/2013/EU.’

 

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

European Solidarity Corps

References

COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

CULT

12.6.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

12.6.2017

Associated committees - date announced in plenary

5.10.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Eleonora Forenza

28.6.2017

Discussed in committee

7.9.2017

 

 

 

Date adopted

28.11.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

55

6

1

Members present for the final vote

Margrete Auken, Pilar Ayuso, Catherine Bearder, Ivo Belet, Simona Bonafè, Biljana Borzan, Paul Brannen, Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, Nessa Childers, Birgit Collin-Langen, Miriam Dalli, Seb Dance, Angélique Delahaye, Mark Demesmaeker, Stefan Eck, Bas Eickhout, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Francesc Gambús, Elisabetta Gardini, Arne Gericke, Jens Gieseke, Julie Girling, Sylvie Goddyn, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Karin Kadenbach, Kateřina Konečná, Giovanni La Via, Jo Leinen, Peter Liese, Norbert Lins, Susanne Melior, Rory Palmer, Gilles Pargneaux, Bolesław G. Piecha, Pavel Poc, John Procter, Julia Reid, Frédérique Ries, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Renate Sommer, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Ivica Tolić, Adina-Ioana Vălean

Substitutes present for the final vote

Nicola Caputo, Herbert Dorfmann, Christofer Fjellner, Eleonora Forenza, Jan Huitema, Peter Jahr, Gesine Meissner, Ulrike Müller, Younous Omarjee, Christel Schaldemose, Bart Staes, Keith Taylor, Tiemo Wölken

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Richard Ashworth, Pál Csáky, Marco Valli, Tomáš Zdechovský

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

55

+

ALDE

Catherine Bearder, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Gesine Meissner, Ulrike Müller, Frédérique Ries

ECR

Arne Gericke, Bolesław G. Piecha

EFDD

Marco Valli

GUE/NGL

Stefan Eck, Eleonora Forenza, Kateřina Konečná, Younous Omarjee

PPE

Pilar Ayuso, Ivo Belet, Birgit Collin-Langen, Pál Csáky, Angélique Delahaye, Herbert Dorfmann, Christofer Fjellner, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Francesc Gambús, Elisabetta Gardini, Jens Gieseke, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Peter Jahr, Giovanni La Via, Peter Liese, Norbert Lins, Renate Sommer, Ivica Tolić, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Tomáš Zdechovský

S&D

Simona Bonafè, Biljana Borzan, Paul Brannen, Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, Nicola Caputo, Nessa Childers, Miriam Dalli, Seb Dance, Karin Kadenbach, Jo Leinen, Susanne Melior, Rory Palmer, Gilles Pargneaux, Pavel Poc, Christel Schaldemose, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Tiemo Wölken

Verts/ALE

Margrete Auken, Bas Eickhout, Bart Staes, Keith Taylor

6

-

ECR

Richard Ashworth, Mark Demesmaeker, Julie Girling, John Procter

EFDD

Julia Reid

ENF

Sylvie Goddyn

1

0

ALDE

Jan Huitema

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

(1)

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/fundamental-rights/charter/index_en.htm (2012/C 326/02) (OJ C 326, 26.10.2012, p. 391).

(2)

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/03/25/rome-declaration/#


OPINION of the Committee on Budgets (5.12.2017)

for the Committee on Culture and Education

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

(COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD))

Rapporteur: Tiemo Wölken

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The rapporteur welcomes the proposal to set up a European Solidarity Corps (ESC) put forward by the European Commission on 30 May 2017. The EU is built on solidarity: solidarity between its citizens, solidarity across borders between its Member States, and solidarity in its actions inside and outside the Union. It is a shared value that is strongly felt within the EU. It is part of the core fabric that makes the European dream inspire generation after generation, creating common values across the Union.

The present ESC proposal provides a dedicated legal base for an initiative that gives young people across the EU the opportunity to act on their aspirations for a better Union and hence push the European project forward while developing their own skills.

However, the rapporteur is of the strong conviction that the Corps deserves its own, dedicated budget. For the period 2018-2020, the Commission proposes funding the ESC by three quarters through redeploying funds from ongoing programmes within their existing financial allocation: EUR 197,7 million is to be taken from Erasmus+ and EUR 10 million from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI), as well as EUR 47,3 million from programmes in other headings (of which EUR 35 million from the European Social Fund (ESF), EUR 6 million from the Civil Protection Mechanism, EUR 4,5 million from the LIFE programme, and EUR 1,8 million from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)). Only one fourth of the overall ESC envelope would be ‘fresh’ funding.

The rapporteur strongly rejects this set-up that funds the ESC to a large extent at the expense of key activities of other significant EU programmes, which have their own valuable missions, objectives and matching financial envelope, as budgeted for from the start of the current MFF. What may have been acceptable in a first pilot phase of the ESC to get the activities up and running fast, cannot be a medium- or long-term solution for financing an important programme that merits not only its own legal base, but also an ambitious envelope of fresh money.

New political priorities during the current MFF require fresh resources, through the mobilisation of the flexibility provisions and special instruments included in the MFF regulation, after available margins have been exhausted. If the ESC is indeed a new priority initiative, as stated in the Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2017, it is only logical that it should receive fresh funding so that it may achieve its objectives without harming ongoing EU-funded programmes and projects.

The rapporteur is of the opinion that the flexibility tools provided by the current MFF, and boosted as part of the mid-term revision, such as the Flexibility Instrument and the Global Margin for Commitments, should be used to fund the ESC in the period 2018-2020. Redeployment is only acceptable where transfer of funds has been foreseen from the start of the programme, as in the case of the funding for the intra-EU activities of the European Voluntary Service under Erasmus+. By deleting the contributions of EaSI, the ESF, civil protection, LIFE and the EARD to the ESC and returning these amounts to the budget lines from which they were taken, in line with the original financial programming, the rapporteur sends a clear signal for the financing of this initiative.

LIFE, which tackles environmental and climate challenges, has delivered substantial improvements to the state of the environment in the EU. In order to continue fighting climate change and to be aligned with the Paris agreement reached during the COP21, LIFE’s funding should not be redeployed for other purposes.

The EAFRD and the ESF, as part of the EU’s structural and investment funds (ESIF), contribute to strengthening the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the Union. The aim of the ESIF is to reduce disparities between the development levels of the various regions. The ESC should not be financed by shifting funds away from cohesion policy.

Through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the Union and Member States coordinate their systems for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Bearing in mind the significant increase of the number, severity and complexity of natural and man-made disasters in recent years, including as a result of climate change, a joint and integrated approach to disaster management is increasingly important. In this context, the rapporteur finds it unacceptable to redeploy civil protection funds for the ESC.

Further, the rapporteur proposes to strengthen the provisions regarding monitoring and evaluation of the ESC.

Finally, the rapporteur strongly encourages the Commission to prepare a clear and ambitious proposal for implementing and funding the ESC from 2021, as promised.

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23 , for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The prime reference amount includes redeployments from the Erasmus+ programme (EUR 197.7 million) and from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EUR 10 million) for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, and it is complemented by contributions from several Union programmes under different headings, such as the European Social Fund, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the LIFE programme and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

(18)  This Regulation lays down a financial envelope of EUR 341,5 million in current prices for the period 2018-2020 which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of Point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management23 , for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. The financial envelope should include the amount of EUR 197,7 million that was originally earmarked to finance the intra-Union European Voluntary Service activities under the Erasmus+ Programme for the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020, given that those activities are to be transferred to the European Solidarity Corps Programme. Considering the need to avoid any negative impact on the financing of existing multiannual programmes, the remaining amount for the financing of the European Solidarity Corps should be drawn exclusively from unallocated margins under the multiannual financial framework ceilings.

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23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

23 Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38a)  In its resolution of 2 February 2017 on the implementation of the Erasmus+ Regulation1a, the European Parliament encouraged the Commission and the Member States to make a budgetary effort to accommodate the new initiative of the European Solidarity Corps without underfunding other current and priority programmes.

 

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1a Texts adopted, P8_TA(2017)0018.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38b)  In its resolution of 5 July 2017 on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2018 draft budget1a, the European Parliament expressed its concern that, despite its warnings, the legislative proposal adopted on 30 May 2017 envisages that three fourths of the European Solidarity Corps budget would be financed by redeployments from existing programmes, and mainly from Erasmus+ (EUR 197,7million) and reiterated that any new political commitments should be financed with new appropriations and not redeployments from existing programmes.

 

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1aTexts adopted, P8_TA-PROV(2017)0302.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38c)  Separate funding and budgetary allocations should be guaranteed for the European Solidarity Corps and should not result in a reduction in the budget for other policies promoting youth, education, training, employment or solidarity. Optimal and transparent use of financial resources should be ensured.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 39

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(39)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework also builds on funds redeployed from the Erasmus+ programme. These funds should mainly come from appropriations aimed at financing European Voluntary Service activities that would fall under the scope of the volunteering placements supported under this Regulation. In addition, some appropriations of the Student Loan Guarantee Facility, which are unlikely to be absorbed under Erasmus+, should be redeployed with a view to providing adequate co-financing to the operating costs of national agencies and be brought more in line with the absorption capacity of this action.

(39)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework builds on funds redeployed from the Erasmus+ programme. These funds should exclusively come from appropriations aimed at financing European Voluntary Service activities that would fall under the scope of the volunteering placements supported under this Regulation.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(40)  The financial envelope of the European Solidarity Corps under Heading 1a of the Multiannual Financial Framework should additionally be supplemented by financial contributions from other programmes and headings, which require the amendment of Regulations (EU) No 1293/201327 , (EU) No 1303/201328 , (EU) No 1305/201329 , (EU) No 1306/201330 as well as of Decision No 1313/2013/EU31 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

deleted

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27 Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 185).

 

28 Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p.320).

 

29 Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487).

 

30 Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549).

 

31 Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, (OJ L347 20.12.2013, p. 924).

 

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  “volunteering” means a full-time32unpaid voluntary service for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability;

(6)  “volunteering” means a full-time32 unpaid voluntary service for a period of up to twelve months, which provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of non-profit organisations active in solidarity-related fields, to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out, including a solid learning and training dimension in order to enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences, which will be useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development, and which will also contribute to improving their employability;

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32 As a general principle, an activity carried out continuously, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day.

32 As a general principle, an activity carried out continuously, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day.

Justification

Any volunteering activities not at non-profit organisations must be excluded explicitly. Any other approach would conflict with the national volunteering legislation of some Member States, for example, Belgium and France.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  to provide young people, with the support of participating organisations, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity activities while improving their skills and competences for personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, as well as their employability and facilitating transition into the labour market, including by supporting the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers;

(a)  to provide young people, with the support of participating organisations, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity activities while improving their knowledge, skills and competences for personal, educational, social, civic, cultural and professional development, as well as their employability and facilitating transition into the labour market, including by supporting the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers;

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da)  the setting up of information campaigns to raise awareness of the actions of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The amount referred to in paragraph 1 includes a financial envelope of EUR 294 200 00033 in current prices supplemented by contributions from:

2.  The amount referred to in paragraph 1 includes a financial envelope of EUR 197 700 000 in current prices, which corresponds to the amount originally earmarked to finance the intra-Union European Voluntary Service activities under the Erasmus+ Programme. The remaining amount of EUR 143 800 000 for the financing of the European Solidarity Corps shall be drawn exclusively from unallocated margins under the multiannual financial framework ceilings.

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33 This financial envelope constitutes the prime reference amount within the meaning of point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement (2013/C 373/01) between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

 

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  the European Social Fund, contributing with EUR 35 000 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, contributing with EUR 6 000 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  the LIFE programme, contributing with EUR 4 500 000 in current prices;

deleted

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, contributing with EUR 1 800 000 in current prices.

deleted

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2 a.  The annual appropriations shall be authorised by the European Parliament and the Council within the limits of the multiannual financial framework.

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  If necessary, appropriations may be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

5.  If necessary, payment appropriations may be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the requirements of the European Solidarity Corps.

2.  An application from an eligible entity to become a European Solidarity Corps participating organisation shall be assessed by the competent implementing body of the European Solidarity Corps in order to ascertain that its activities adhere to the principles and requirements set out in the European Solidarity Corps Charter.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  As a result of the assessment the entity may be attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label. The obtained label shall be re-assessed periodically and may be revoked.

3.  As a result of the assessment the entity may be attributed the European Solidarity Corps quality label. The obtained label shall be re-assessed regularly and at least every two years, and may be revoked as soon as the activities of that entity no longer adhere to the principles and requirements set out in the European Solidarity Corps Charter.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a.  Any entity which has received the European Solidarity Corps quality label shall be entered into the database of participating organisations which is hosted on the European Youth Portal, which all young Europeans can access.

Justification

At the moment, the accredited EVS structures are incorporated into the database of EVS organisations on the European Youth Portal. That enables young people to read up on the entities. Therefore it is important that the same is done for the ESC.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall regularly monitor the performance of the European Solidarity Corps towards achieving its objectives.

1.  The Commission, in cooperation with the participating countries, shall regularly monitor and report on the performance and results of the European Solidarity Corps as well as adherence to its objectives, specifically its contribution to strengthening cohesion and solidarity in Europe.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  number of participants in volunteering placements (in-country and cross-border);

(a)  number and profile of participants in volunteering placements (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  number of participants in traineeship placements (in-country and cross-border);

(b)  number and profile of participants in traineeship placements (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  number of participants in job placements (in-country and cross-border);

(c)  number and profile of participants in job placements (in-country and cross-border);

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d)  number of participants in solidarity projects;

(d)  number and profile of participants in solidarity projects;

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(e a)  the degree of satisfaction of participants and participating organisations with regard to the quality of the placements, training, language support, administrative support, insurance and post-placement support.

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point e b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(e b)  employment rate of former participants.

Justification

We must not forget that one of the main European Solidarity Corps objectives is to make young people more employable and to ease their transition into the labour market.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  In 2020 the Commission shall publish a report taking stock of the progress made towards achieving its results, including the target of offering 100 000 young people opportunities under the European Solidarity Corps by 2020 (covering all the placements and projects referred to in points (a) and (b) of Article 7(1)).

3.  In 2019 the Commission shall publish a report on the results obtained and the qualitative and quantitative aspects of programme implementation, taking stock of the progress made towards achieving its results, including the target of offering 100 000 young people opportunities under the European Solidarity Corps by 2020 (covering all the placements and projects referred to in points (a) and (b) of Article 7(1)), as well as the cost-effectiveness of the programme, and submit it to the European Parliament, to the Council, to the European Economic and Social Committee and to the Committee of the Regions.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  Four years after the date of application of this Regulation the Commission shall carry out an independent evaluation of this Regulation and present a report on the main findings to the European Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.

4.  The Commission shall carry out an independent ex post evaluation of this Regulation to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the programme against the programme objectives and shall, no later than 30 June 2021, present a report on the main findings, including recommendations for the future of the programme, to the European Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. As part of the evaluation, the Commission shall ensure regular consultation of all relevant stakeholders, including participants, participating organisations and the local communities concerned. The results of the evaluation shall feed back into future programme design and resource allocation proposals.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1 – point 2

Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013

Article 18 – paragraph 2 – point c

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  up to 1,5 % to the Student Loan Guarantee Facility;

(c)  3,5 % of the Student Loan Guarantee Facility;

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 27

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013

 

In Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013, the following paragraph is added:

 

‘3.  A maximum of EUR 3 000 000 in current prices from the sub-programme for Environment corresponding to the priority area Environment Governance and Information and of EUR 1 500 000 in current prices from the sub-programme for Climate Action corresponding to the priority area Climate Governance and Information shall be allocated to finance projects within the meaning of Article 17(4) implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the priority areas within the meaning of Articles 9 and 13. This allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013. ’

 

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 28

deleted

Amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013

 

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 is amended as follows:

 

1.  Article 58(1) is amended as follows:

 

(a)  the first subparagraph is replaced by the following:

 

At the initiative of the Commission, the ESI Funds may support the preparatory, monitoring, administrative and technical assistance, evaluation, audit and control measures necessary for implementing this Regulation and support actions pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX as referred to in the third subparagraph in so far as those actions pursue the aim of economic, social and territorial cohesion.’

 

(b)  In the third subparagraph, the following point (m) is added:

 

‘(m)  actions financed pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX on the European Solidarity Corps in order to enhance the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of young people, as well as their employability and facilitating transition into the labour market.’

 

2.  In Article 91(3), the following subparagraph is added:

 

‘EUR 35 000 000 in current prices of the amount allocated to technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission shall be allocated to the European Solidarity Corps to support its actions, in accordance with point (a) of article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Fund-specific Regulations. ’

 

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 29

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013

 

In Article 51(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, the following subparagraph is added under the first subparagraph:

 

‘The EAFRD may also finance actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps with an amount of EUR 1 800 000 in current prices in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities for rural development. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013.’

 

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 30

deleted

Amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013

 

In Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013, the following point (j) is added:

 

‘(j)  actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities in the area of agriculture and rural development and notably the actions referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 51(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Fund-specific Regulations.’

 

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 31

deleted

Amendment to Decision No 1313/2013/EU

 

In Article 19(1) of Decision No 1313/2013/EU, the following subparagraph is added after the second subparagraph:

 

‘EUR 6 000 000 in current prices from the financial envelope derived from Heading 3 "Security and Citizenship" shall be allocated to finance actions implemented by the European Solidarity Corps in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, which contribute to one or more of the Union priorities in the area of civil protection. The allocation shall be implemented solely in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2017/XXX, to the exclusion of the specific requirements of Decision No 1313/2013/EU. ’

 

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

European Solidarity Corps

References

COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

CULT

12.6.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

12.6.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Tiemo Wölken

29.6.2017

Date adopted

4.12.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

21

5

0

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Jean Arthuis, Lefteris Christoforou, Gérard Deprez, Manuel dos Santos, André Elissen, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Esteban González Pons, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Siegfried Mureşan, Paul Rübig, Jordi Solé, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Monika Vana, Daniele Viotti, Tiemo Wölken, Marco Zanni

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

John Howarth, Joachim Zeller

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

21

+

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Gérard Deprez

ECR

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk

PPE

Lefteris Christoforou, José Manuel Fernandes, Esteban González Pons, Siegfried Mureşan, Paul Rübig, Joachim Zeller

S&D

Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, John Howarth, Vladimír Maňka, Isabelle Thomas, Daniele Viotti, Tiemo Wölken, Manuel dos Santos

VERTS/ALE

Jordi Solé, Indrek Tarand, Monika Vana

5

-

ECR

Bernd Kölmel

EFDD

Jonathan Arnott

ENF

André Elissen, Marco Zanni

NI

Eleftherios Synadinos

0

0

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development (29.11.2017)

for the Committee on Culture and Education

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU

(COM(2017)0262 – C8-0162/2017 – 2017/0102(COD))

Rapporteur: Krzysztof Hetman

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Solidarity, being at the foundations of the European Union, is also one of the core values for Europeans. It is no exaggeration to say, that the success story of the European Union is based on solidarity. It has a huge potential of creating empathy, reciprocal care and positive interactions between both nations and individuals. This is why we should uphold and enforce this idea in the minds of Europeans.

Your draftsman believes that European Solidarity Corps is a great tool to achieve this goal and therefore he has very much welcomed the announcement of the idea in the State of Union address of 14 September 2016, followed by the Commission Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 2016 and a legislative proposal of 1 June 2017. The increased engagement of youth from all European countries in solidarity activities has a potential to strengthen solidarity and cohesion across Europe as well as to contribute to tacking societal challenges and fulfil the unmet needs in participating countries and regions. Moreover, it will support young peoples’ personal and professional development through acquisition of valuable skills.

Your draftsman supports the creation of European Solidarity Corps focused on two types of actions: solidarity projects and volunteer placements on one hand, and traineeship and job placements on the other. While the first should undoubtedly be a base of the future European Solidarity Corps, the latter constitute an important chance for young people to enter the labour market and gain opportunity for quality employment. Therefore, the draftsman proposes to slightly change the indicative proportions of budget division between the two types of actions and increase the financial support for the traineeship and job opportunities to 30%.

The overall amount of EUR 341 500 000 provisioned for the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps until 31 December 2020 will allow to mobilise 100 000 young people into solidarity activities. The draftsman supports the Commission proposal to mobilise this amount from various existing EU programmes, including i.a. EUR 35 000 000 from European Social Fund. Nevertheless, he believes the main contribution shall come from Erasmus+ programme appropriations aimed at financing European Voluntary Service (EVS) activities that would now fall under the scope of activities supported under this Regulation.

The draftsman hopes the proposal will build on the experience and best practices developed in the EVS, and will develop synergies and complementarity with other EU funds and programmes in order to fulfil its potential to the greatest possible extent.

The Committee on Regional Development considers simplification measures an extremely important factor of improved effectiveness and increased efficiency of the projects, undertaken with the support of EU budget. This is why your draftsman has proposed some changes, which go in line with this principle and assure that beneficiaries will not be burdened by unnecessary requirements and formalities.

Finally, your draftsman believes that the European Solidarity Corps will have a great positive influence not only on the young people thus engaged, but also on regional and local communities, and therefore he has undertaken to strengthen the local and regional dimension of this Regulation.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Regional Development calls on the Committee on Culture and Education, as the committee responsible, to take into account the following amendments:

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1)  The European Union is built on solidarity, among its citizens and among its Member States. This common value guides its actions and provides the necessary unity to cope with current and future societal challenges, which young Europeans are willing to help address by expressing their solidarity in practice.

(1)  The European Union is built on solidarity, among its citizens and among its Member States. This common value guides its actions, provides the necessary unity to cope with current and future societal challenges, which young Europeans are willing to help address by expressing their solidarity in practice, and stimulates young people’s interest in the common European project.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  In its Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 2016,18 the Commission emphasised the need to strengthen the foundations for solidarity work across Europe, to provide young people with more and better opportunities for solidarity activities covering a broad range of areas, and to support national and local actors, in their efforts to cope with different challenges and crises. The Communication launched a first phase of the European Solidarity Corps whereby different Union programmes have been mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship or job opportunities to young people across the EU. These activities, whether implemented before or after the entry into force of this Regulation, should continue to apply the rules and conditions set by the respective Union programmes that have financed them under the first phase of the European Solidarity Corps.

(3)  In its Communication “A European Solidarity Corps” of 7 December 2016,18 the Commission emphasised the need to strengthen the foundations for solidarity work across Europe, to provide young people with more and better opportunities for solidarity activities covering a broad range of areas, and to support national, regional and local actors, in their efforts to cope with different challenges and crises. The Communication launched a first phase of the European Solidarity Corps whereby different Union programmes have been mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship, the means for personal development or job opportunities to young people across the EU. These activities, whether implemented before or after the entry into force of this Regulation, should continue to apply the rules and conditions set by the respective Union programmes that have financed them under the first phase of the European Solidarity Corps.

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18 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions A European Solidarity Corps, COM(2016) 942 final of 7.12.2016.

18 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions A European Solidarity Corps, COM(2016) 942 final of 7.12.2016.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities while acquiring useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers.

(4)  Young people should be provided with easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities of Member States while acquiring useful experience, knowledge, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Those activities would also support the mobility of young volunteers, trainees and workers.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, in the sense that they should respond to unmet societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and competences, be financially accessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions.

(5)  The solidarity activities offered to young people should be of high quality, take account of their skills and be closely linked to the development of society, in the sense that they should respond to key societal challenges, contribute to strengthening local communities and social cohesion, offer young people the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge, skills and competences, be financially accessible to young people, and be implemented in safe and healthy conditions.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  The European Solidarity Corps would provide a single entry point for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States to support young people and ease their school-to-work transition under the Youth Guarantee19 by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES and the Eurodesk network, should also be ensured. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

(6)  The European Solidarity Corps would provide main entry point, free from any form of discrimination based on background, for solidarity activities throughout the Union. Consistency and complementarity of that framework should be ensured with other relevant Union policies and programmes. The European Solidarity Corps should build on the strengths and synergies of existing programmes, notably the European Voluntary Service. It should also complement the efforts made by Member States regions, cities and local communities to support young people and ease their school-to-work transition under the Youth Guarantee19 by providing them with additional opportunities to make a start on the labour market in the form of traineeships or jobs in solidarity-related areas within their respective Member State or across borders. Complementarity with existing Union level networks pertinent to the activities under the European Solidarity Corps, such as the European Network of Public Employment Services, EURES the Eurodesk network and the Youth on the Move programme, should also be ensured. Furthermore, complementarity between existing related schemes, in particular national solidarity schemes and mobility schemes for young people, including schemes operating at regional or local level, and the European Solidarity Corps should be ensured, building on good practices where appropriate.

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19 Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee (2013/C 120/01).

19 Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee (2013/C 120/01).

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the concerned programmes. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the beneficiaries should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

(7)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow other Union programmes such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Europe for Citizens programme, the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and the Health Programme to contribute to the objectives of the European Solidarity Corps by supporting activities within its scope. This contribution should be financed in accordance with the respective basic acts of the programmes concerned and in complementarity with existing Union policies, such as cohesion policy, without having a negative impact on its operational programmes as such and subject to available means, related to their take-up. Once they have obtained a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label, the beneficiaries should be given access to the European Solidarity Corps portal and receive the quality and support measures provided according to the type of activity offered.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8)  The European Solidarity Corps should open up new opportunities for young people to carry out volunteering, traineeship or job placements in solidarity-related areas as well as to devise and develop solidarity projects based on their own initiative. Those opportunities should contribute to enhancing their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development. The European Solidarity Corps should also support networking activities for European Solidarity Corps participants and organisations as well as measures to ensure the quality of the supported activities and to enhance the validation of their learning outcomes.

(8)  The European Solidarity Corps should open up new opportunities for young people to carry out volunteering, traineeship or job placements in solidarity-related areas as well as to devise and develop transnational and cross-border programmes and solidarity projects based on their own initiative. Those opportunities should contribute to enhancing their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development and to contribute towards a genuine European citizenship and to improve the solidarity between young people, with a view to improving their subsequent access to the labour market. The European Solidarity Corps should also support networking activities for European Solidarity Corps participants and organisations enabling them to exchange best practices as well as measures to ensure the quality of the supported activities and to enhance the validation of their learning outcomes.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10)  Traineeships and jobs in solidarity-related areas can offer additional opportunities for young people to make a start on the labour market while contributing to addressing key societal challenges. This can help foster the employability and productivity of young people while easing their transition from education to employment, which is key to enhancing their chances on the labour market. The traineeship placements offered under the European Solidarity Corps should be remunerated by the participating organisation and follow the quality principles outlined in the Council Recommendation on establishing a Quality Framework for Traineeships of 10 March 201421. The traineeships and jobs offered should constitute a stepping stone for young people to enter the labour market and should therefore be accompanied by adequate post-placement support. The traineeship and job placements should be facilitated by relevant labour market actors, in particular public and private employment services, social partners and Chambers of Commerce. As participating organisations, they should be able to apply for funding via the competent implementing structure of the European Solidarity Corps in view of intermediating between the young participants and employers offering traineeship and job placements in solidarity sectors.

(10)  Traineeships and jobs in solidarity-related areas can offer additional opportunities by ensuring the necessary basis for young people to make a start on the labour market, while contributing to addressing key societal challenges. This can help foster the employability and productivity of young people, also based on each individual’s personal skills, while easing their transition from education to employment, which is key to enhancing their chances on the labour market. The traineeship placements offered under the European Solidarity Corps should be remunerated by the participating organisation and be based on the quality principles outlined in the Council Recommendation on establishing a Quality Framework for Traineeships of 10 March 201421. The traineeships and jobs offered should constitute a stepping stone for young people to enter the labour market and should therefore be accompanied by adequate post-placement support. The traineeship and job placements should be facilitated by relevant labour market actors, in particular public and private employment services, social partners and Chambers of Commerce. As participating organisations, they should be able to apply for funding via the competent implementing structure of the European Solidarity Corps in view of intermediating between the young participants and employers offering traineeship and job placements in solidarity sectors.

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21 Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, OJ C 88, 27.3.2014, p. 1.

21 Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, OJ C 88, 27.3.2014, p. 1.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11)  Young people’s spirit of initiative is an important asset for society and for the labour market. The European Solidarity Corps should contribute to fostering this aspect by offering young people the opportunity to devise and implement their own projects aimed at addressing specific challenges to the benefit of their local communities. Those projects should be an opportunity to try out ideas and support young people to be themselves drivers of solidarity actions. They could also serve as a springboard for further engagement in solidarity activities and could be a first step towards encouraging European Solidarity Corps participants to engage in self-employment or setting up associations, NGOs or other bodies active in the solidarity, non-profit and youth sectors.

(11)  Young people’s spirit of initiative is an important asset for society and for the labour market. The European Solidarity Corps should contribute to fostering this aspect by offering young people the opportunity to devise and implement their own projects aimed at addressing specific challenges to the benefit of their local communities, particularly communities located in isolated or marginalised areas. Those projects should be an opportunity to try out ideas and support young people to be themselves drivers of solidarity actions. They could also serve as a springboard for further engagement in solidarity activities and could be a first step towards encouraging European Solidarity Corps participants to engage in self-employment or setting up associations, NGOs or other bodies active in the solidarity, non-profit and youth sectors.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13)  Particular attention should be paid to ensuring the quality of the placements and other opportunities offered under the European Solidarity Corps, in particular by offering training, language support, insurance, administrative and post-placement support to participants as well as the validation of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through their European Solidarity Corps experience.

(13)  Particular attention should be paid to ensuring the quality of the placements and other opportunities offered under the European Solidarity Corps, in particular by offering training, including cultural awareness and language support, insurance, administrative, logistical and pre-placement and post-placement support to participants as well as the validation of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through their European Solidarity Corps experience. Where activities undertaken by participants are to be carried out in hazardous environments, such as in post-disaster environments, preventive security courses should be provided.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14)  To ensure the impact of European Solidarity Corps placements on the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participants, the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement should be properly identified and documented, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, as recommended in the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning22.

(14)  To ensure the impact of European Solidarity Corps placements on the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development of the participants, a system to recognise the skills acquired through European Solidarity Corps voluntary work should be developed, and the knowledge, skills and competences that are the learning outcomes of the placement should be properly identified and documented, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, as recommended in the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning22.

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22 Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, OJ C 398, 22.12.2012, p. 1.

22 Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, OJ C 398, 22.12.2012, p. 1.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15)  A quality label should be put in place to ensure compliance of the participating organisations with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter, as regards their rights and responsibilities during all stages of the solidarity experience. Obtaining a quality label should be a precondition for participation but should not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps.

(15)  A quality label should be put in place to ensure compliance of the participating organisations with the principles and requirements of the European Solidarity Corps Charter, as regards their rights and responsibilities during all stages of the solidarity experience. Obtaining a quality label, based on common criteria recognised at Union level, should be a precondition for participation but should not automatically lead to funding under the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16)  A European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre should assist the implementing bodies, the participating organisations and the young people taking part in the European Solidarity Corps in order to raise the quality of the implementation and of the activities of the European Solidarity Corps as well as to enhance the identification and validation of competences acquired through these activities.

(16)  A European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre should assist the implementing bodies, the participating organisations and the young people taking part in the European Solidarity Corps in order to raise the quality of the implementation and of the activities of the European Solidarity Corps as well as to enhance the identification, validation and certification of competences acquired through these activities.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17)  A European Solidarity Corps Portal should continuously be developed in order to ensure easy access to the European Solidarity Corps and to provide a one-stop shop for both interested individuals and organisations as regards, inter alia, registration, identification and matching of profiles and opportunities, networking and virtual exchanges, online training, language and post-placement support as well as other useful functionalities, which may arise in the future.

(17)  A European Solidarity Corps Portal should continuously be developed in order to contribute to an easy access to the European Solidarity Corps and to provide a one-stop shop for both interested individuals and organisations as regards, inter alia, information on volunteering placements, registration, identification and matching of profiles and opportunities, networking and virtual exchanges, online training, language, pre-placement and post-placement support as well as other useful functionalities, which may arise in the future which should be linked to the development of society. The services provided by the European Solidarity Corps Portal should promote and supplement the ones already offered by participating organisations. Interoperability with the European Youth Portal should be ensured.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19)  In order to ensure continuity in the activities supported by the programmes contributing to the European Solidarity Corps, the financial support to solidarity placements and projects should indicatively follow an 80%-20% split between volunteering placements and solidarity projects on the one hand and traineeship and job placements on the other hand.

(19)  In order to ensure continuity in the activities supported by the programmes contributing to the European Solidarity Corps, the financial support to solidarity placements and projects should indicatively follow a 70%-30% split between volunteering placements and solidarity projects on the one hand and traineeship and job placements on the other hand.

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, provisions should be made to allow participating countries to make additional national funding available in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps.

(20)  In order to maximise the impact of the European Solidarity Corps, participating countries should be able to make additional national, regional or local funding available in accordance with the rules of the European Solidarity Corps.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(20a)  Civil protection and humanitarian aid cannot be dependent on young people via the European Solidarity Corps. The Commission and the Member States should guarantee continued investment in structured civil protection and humanitarian aid.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22)  In addition to the Member States, the European Solidarity Corps should also be open to the participation of other countries on the basis of bilateral agreements. This participation should be based, where relevant, on additional appropriations to be made available in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with the concerned countries.

(22)  In addition to the Member States, the European Solidarity Corps should also be open to the participation of other countries on the basis of bilateral agreements, in particular with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, Eastern Partnership Countries, countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy, accession countries, candidate countries and potential candidates, particularly in the case of cross-border programmes. This participation should be based, where relevant, on additional appropriations to be made available in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with the concerned countries.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(23)  The European Solidarity Corps should target young people aged 18-30. Participation in the activities offered by the European Solidarity Corps should require prior registration in the European Solidarity Corps Portal.

(23)  The European Solidarity Corps should target young people aged 18-30. Participation in the activities offered by the European Solidarity Corps should require prior registration in the European Solidarity Corps Portal. Where necessary, other complementary tools should be provided for the purposes of registration, in order to facilitate the participation of all young people, especially those in the most vulnerable situations and those who are not digitally literate. To that end, existing application processes provided by coordinating and sending organisations could be used.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23a)  It is necessary to promote a wider policy strategy which is aimed at creating a conducive environment for volunteering in Europe and does not overlap with other ongoing programmes, but rather strengths successful existing initiatives, such as the European Voluntary Service.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23b)  Youth mobility should also be ensured through the Eurail Youth Pass programme.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24)  Special attention should be paid to ensuring that the activities supported by the European Solidarity Corps are accessible to all young people, notably the most disadvantaged ones. Special measures should therefore be put in place to promote social inclusion, the participation of disadvantaged young people, as well as to take into account the constraints imposed by the remoteness of the outermost regions of the Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories24. Similarly, the participating countries should endeavour to adopt all appropriate measures to remove legal and administrative obstacles to the proper functioning of the European Solidarity Corps. This includes resolving, where possible, and without prejudice to the Schengen acquis and Union law on the entry and residence of third-country nationals, administrative issues that create difficulties in obtaining visas and residence permits.

(24)  Special attention should be paid to ensuring that the activities supported by the European Solidarity Corps are accessible to all young people, notably the most disadvantaged ones. Special measures should therefore be put in place to promote social inclusion, the participation of disadvantaged young people, as well as to take into account the constraints imposed by the remoteness of the outermost regions of the Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories24. It is essential that national agencies meet the cost of travel for young people in advance so that they do not need to seek subsequent reimbursement. Similarly, the participating countries should endeavour to adopt all appropriate measures to remove legal and administrative obstacles to the proper functioning of the European Solidarity Corps. This includes resolving, where possible, and without prejudice to the Schengen acquis and Union law on the entry and residence of third-country nationals, administrative issues that create difficulties in obtaining visas and residence permits.

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24 Individuals from an overseas country or territory (OCT) and competent public and /or private bodies and institutions from an OCT may participate in the programmes in accordance with Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community, OJ L314, 30.11.2001, p.1.

24 Individuals from an overseas country or territory (OCT) and competent public and /or private bodies and institutions from an OCT may participate in the programmes in accordance with Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community, OJ L314, 30.11.2001, p.1.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, whether funded by the European Solidarity Corps budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous basis by the implementing structures of the European Solidarity Corps. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

(25)  Any entity willing to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, whether funded by the European Solidarity Corps budget, by another Union programme or by a different funding source, should receive a quality label provided that the appropriate conditions are fulfilled. The process that leads to the attribution of a quality label should be carried out on a continuous, public and transparent basis by the implementing structures of the European Solidarity Corps. The attributed quality label should be reassessed periodically and could be revoked if, in the context of the checks to be performed, the conditions that led to its attribution were found to be no longer fulfilled.

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(26)  An entity willing to apply for funding to offer placements under the European Solidarity Corps should have first received a quality label as a precondition. This requirement should not apply to natural persons seeking financial support on behalf of an informal group of European Solidarity Corps participants for their solidarity projects.

(26)  An entity willing to apply for funding to offer placements under the European Solidarity Corps should have first received a quality label as a precondition. This requirement should not apply to natural persons seeking financial support on behalf of an informal group of European Solidarity Corps participants for their programmes and solidarity projects.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(27a)  The needs and expectations of local communities should be an important criterion for the evaluation of the quality of projects. Accordingly, appropriate indicators should be put in place and re-assessed every year.