History of the European Solidarity Corps

On 14 September 2016 the idea of an European Solidarity Corps was addressed by President Juncker. Read here the full communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the EESC and the COR.

On 7 December 2016 European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva launched the European Solidarity Corps with the participation of a wide range of organisations and many young people in the Skyshelter dome on the Schuman roundabout in Brussels.

The event – which took place in parallel to similar launch events in the Member States – was preceded by a press conference following the meeting of the College with Commissioners Marianne Thyssen, Christos Stylianides, and Tibor Navracsics.

During the launch of the event, CEV Director Gabriella Civico stated that “volunteers are the lungs of Europe breathing life energy and positivity and building solidarity”. Read the speech here. You can also watch the video from the event here.

More than 100 million EUR are being invested to support young people through various EU funding programmes  to be used in the European Solidarity Corps framework. Here you can find the first issue paper on the subject.

From the 6 February 2017 – 2 April 2017 there was a Public consultation on the European Solidarity Corps, in which the CEV was present. Read more about it here.

You can also find pictures of the Stakeholder forum on the ESC from the 12 April 2017 here.

On 30 May 2017 the European Commission has adopted the legal proposal to consolidate and further shape the European Solidarity Corps.You can find the press release here.


On 31 May 2017 CEV has also issued a press release about the ESC adoption of the legislative proposal. You can find it here.

On the 7 June 2017 the  S&D seminar – European Solidarity Corps took place at the European Parliament. 

On the 10 October 2017 the European Parliament CULT and EMPL committees held a Joint Public Hearing on the “European Solidarity Corps”. CEV Director Gabriella Civico participated as one of the speakers on the “What, why and how” of the European Solidarity Corps and highlighted the need to support the integrity of solidarity and volunteering activities and for further coordination and harmonisation of policies on volunteering at a EU level, evoking the importance of the EYV2011 PAVE publication and the 5-year review from 2015 “Helping Hands”. Other speakers included Commissioner  Tibor Navracsics, Pavel Trantina President of the SOC section of the European Economic and Social Committee, Anna Widegren from the European Youth Forum and Piotr Sadowski from Volonteurope. To know more click here.

On the 20 October it will be the deadline for the European Parliament to do amendments on the proposal done by the European Commission and on the 22 January 2018 the European Parliament will vote it.


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