European Solidarity Corps

10-10-2017

The Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps in a December 2016 communication, and this proposed regulation aims to set the legal basis for the Corps, defining the budgetary and implementation arrangements for the initiative as well as setting specific objectives and defining key terms. The Corps would have a very strong volunteering strand on the one hand and a much smaller occupational strand on the other. All placements focus on solidarity actions and will last between 2 to 12 months. The proposal sets a target of 100 000 participants with a proposed budget of €341.5 million for the period 2018-2020. In its resolution on the issue in April 2017, the European Parliament had insisted that the initiative should not drain other programmes, yet only 25 % of the budget is new money and currently the largest contributor is the Erasmus+ programme. The latter had recently been accorded a larger budget as it was struggling to meet with demand. First edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

The Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps in a December 2016 communication, and this proposed regulation aims to set the legal basis for the Corps, defining the budgetary and implementation arrangements for the initiative as well as setting specific objectives and defining key terms. The Corps would have a very strong volunteering strand on the one hand and a much smaller occupational strand on the other. All placements focus on solidarity actions and will last between 2 to 12 months. The proposal sets a target of 100 000 participants with a proposed budget of €341.5 million for the period 2018-2020. In its resolution on the issue in April 2017, the European Parliament had insisted that the initiative should not drain other programmes, yet only 25 % of the budget is new money and currently the largest contributor is the Erasmus+ programme. The latter had recently been accorded a larger budget as it was struggling to meet with demand. First edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.