The European Volunteering Capital had its first edition in 2014 with the winner Barcelona.
The official opening ceremony for the European Volunteering Capital 2014 took place on 3 March in Barcelona. CEV Director Gabriella Civico attended and thanked the municipality for its support to the local volunteering infrastructure and for its continued commitment in implementing the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E) while improving the volunteering opportunities for all citizens of Barcelona. She also thanked all the volunteers! Pictures from the event provided by CEV member Federació Catalana de Voluntariat Social are available here.
Kick-off meeting: Barcelona European Volunteering Capital 2014– CEV Director Gabriella Civico met with representatives from the municipality of Barcelona on 10 January 2014. CEV Director met with Ms Glòria Meler, Director of the Programme for Participation and Associations, with Ms Marta Puchal, Europe Programme Director and with Mr. Carles Agustí, Comissioner of Citizen Participation in the historic old plenary hall of Barcelona city hall. The meeting also included a working lunch with representatives of Catalan Government, the Federation of Volunteers of “la Caixa”, the Catalan Federation of Social Volunteering and the City Council.
Jury Members 2014 European Volunteering Capital Competition:
Eva Hambach– CEV President
Marian Harkin- Member of the European Parliament, Co Chair of the Interest Group on Volunteering
John Macdonald– European Commission EY2013 Task Force, former head of the Task Force for the European Year of Volunteering 2011
Lluis Romeu– FASVOL President
Richard Dictus– UNV Executive Coordinator
Pavel Trantina– European Economic and Social Committee
Declan McDonnell- Committee of the Regions
Jannie Haek– CEO of the Belgian National Lottery
José A. Castro– Technical Assistant of the General Direction of Citizenship Rights, Participation and Volunteering, Andalusian Regional Government.
The 2014 European Volunteering Capital Candidates:
Barcelona (ES), Guimarães(PT), Laval(FR) and Rennes(FR).
In 2013 European Year of Citizens, CEV launched the European Volunteering Capital competition to promote and develop volunteering at the local level. European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding has especially welcomed the initiative given that it clearly shows the strong link between European Years 2011 and 2013, and demonstrates CEV’s continued support for cross-border volunteering in Europe.
The winning municipality, which could be of any size, will be the one that the Jury of representatives of European volunteering stakeholders believe to best demonstrate the implementation of the P.A.V.E (Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe) recommendations. Special emphasis will be given to the capacity to promote and facilitate the cross border mobility of volunteers.
The application deadline was 1 October 2013 and the applicant municipalities were announced at the CEV Conference on 3 October 2013 in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzagovina.
The Jury decision was announced on 5 December 2013 International Volunteer Day in the European Parliament.