EU Solidarity Corps: MEPs to call for dedicated long term budget 

MEPs are to call for robust legislation and proper funding for the new Solidarity Corps initiative which aims to create 100.000 volunteering and job placement opportunities for young people. However, the new initiative should not be financed at the expense of the Erasmus+ or other European programmes, MEPs say in a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday.

The text also calls for a clear distinction between volunteering activities and job placements, to ensure that no participating organisation hires young people as unpaid volunteers when potential quality jobs are available.

In an oral question tabled by the Culture and Education Committee, MEPs will quiz the Commission how the Solidarity Corps initiative will reinforce rather than duplicate existing successful volunteering programmes.

The Commission is expected to table a legislative proposal in May to follow up on its December 2016 communication on the European Solidarity Corps.

Debate:  Monday, 3 April

Vote:  Thursday, 6 April

Procedure:  Question for oral answer by the Commission, non-legislative resolution