Throughout the year VERA activities are supported by an increasing collaboration with the European Parliament.
Meetings of the European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group are planned throughout 2023.
MEPs will get closer to the volunteering field by job shadowing a volunteer during a normal day of activities. By wearing the shoes of volunteers, MEPs involved will be better suited to support, advocate and value volunteering in their daily work at the European Parliament.
On 12 January 2023, MEP Irena Joveva (RENEW Europe), co-chair of the European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group, spent a day volunteering teaching the Slovenian to refugees, majority of them from Ukraine, organised by the CEV Member Slovene Philanthropy. "I'm glad that I can be a part of your stories. Your lives are anything but easy, and your willingness to learn is enviable," Joveva said. One of the volunteers from Slovenian Philanthropy will also have the opportunity to spend a day shadowing MEP Joveva in her work.
On 21 February 2023, Viktor Kollar, volunteer, went to MEP Irena Joveva (RENEW Europe), Co-Chair of the European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group local office in Ljubljana, spending a day of job shadowing.
On 26 April 2023, Viktor Kollar, Slovenska Filantropija volunteer, spent the day at the European Parliament with MEP Irena Joveva (RENEW Europe), Co-Chair of the European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group. He followed the voting processes and accompanied her to l meetings on youth active citizenship as well as the event “The migratory experience adopting a three-generational perspective”. Find Viktor's videos here and the report of these activities here.
On 6 September 2023, Beatriz Coelho, Pista Magica volunteer, spent the day at the European Parliament with MEP Maria-Manuel Leitão-Marques (S&D). She followed an S&D coordination meeting regarding the upcoming plenary session in Strasbourg, as well as experienced the day of the daily work of an MEP at the EP.
Contact Kristijan Gjorgjieski at kristijan.gjorgjieski[at]cev.be to know how to participate in this initiative.