Cross-Border Volunteering: Cost of Non-Europe Report

15-07-2015

The study examines the legal, administrative and other barriers to cross-border volunteering which prevent it from achieving its full potential. Those barriers include uncertainty and the risk of forfeiting social security benefits, the unclear framework for obtaining residence permits in some host countries, the lack of clear procedures for the recognition of the skills and competences gained through volunteering, the lack of positive action and information on volunteering opportunities, and insufficient preparation and training for volunteers. The cost associated with the barriers to cross border volunteering is estimated at 65 million euro per year, increasing the positive economic benefit by a third mainly through the removal of administrative barriers. While the cost of non-action, in political and economic terms, is relatively modest, stronger EU action would increase its visibility, its socioeconomic contribution and foster increased participation in cross-border volunteering. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format  

The study examines the legal, administrative and other barriers to cross-border volunteering which prevent it from achieving its full potential. Those barriers include uncertainty and the risk of forfeiting social security benefits, the unclear framework for obtaining residence permits in some host countries, the lack of clear procedures for the recognition of the skills and competences gained through volunteering, the lack of positive action and information on volunteering opportunities, and insufficient preparation and training for volunteers. The cost associated with the barriers to cross border volunteering is estimated at 65 million euro per year, increasing the positive economic benefit by a third mainly through the removal of administrative barriers. While the cost of non-action, in political and economic terms, is relatively modest, stronger EU action would increase its visibility, its socioeconomic contribution and foster increased participation in cross-border volunteering. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format  

Външен автор

Annex I of this study has been written by Levent Altan, Vanessa Leigh, Jelena Milovanovic, Nienke Van Der Burgt (legal/policy analysis) and Guillermo Hernández, Sandra Planes and Gijs Nolet (cost assessment), at the request of the European Added Value Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate General for Parliamentary Research Service of the European Parliament. The study was supported by a panel of senior experts: Gabriella Civico (European Volunteer Centre); Robert Leigh (Senior Consultant, United Nations Volunteers (UNV)); Eberhard Lueder (Red Cross EU Office) and Alix Masson (European Youth Forum). Piotr Sadowski (CSV and Volonteurope) carried out the peer review.