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 1 December 2016 CEV & the European Youth Forum jointly prepared the dialogue with MEPs as a Breakfast meeting titled “ESC: Dialogue with the stakeholders in the youth and volunteering fields”. Find more here.


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 23 March 2017: CEV organised "European Solidarity Corps & European Voluntary Service: Complementing or Competing?" together with MEPs, relevant stakeholders and representatives of the European Commission due to the fact that the discussion on the “European Solidarity Corps”, raised a lot of questions among the stakeholders, notably in terms of its financing from existing or other programmes. 

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. And, on the same day, Giulia Bordin spoke at the European Commission press conference  about her experience as an ESC Trainee at CEV. Find more 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.


In May 2012, an article written by Gabriella Civico, CEV director, was published within the “Voluntaris” publication. Find the article here.

In October 2017, CEV published a response to the “Save the EVS” petition that is available 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 11 September 2018 the European Parliament voted it and the new regulation entered into force on 5 October 2018. The European Parliament negotiators managed to secure €76 million (20 %) fresh money, complemented by a redistribution that favours volunteering more strongly, and the inclusion of safeguards to avoid exploitation for profit-making purposes. An overall 2018-2020 budget of €375.6 million was approved, 90% of which is allocated to volunteering and 10% of which goes to the occupational strand of the programme. On 26 November 2018 the Council agreed its position on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) for 2021-2027. The agreement does not cover the budgetary aspects of the draft regulation, since the final amounts will depend on the agreement reached on the next multiannual financial framework. The European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027 is a stand-alone programme, separate from the budget for Erasmus and other EU programmes.

The European Commission’s revised proposal for the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027) is 1.1 trillion euros, along with 750 billion euros for recovery instrument NextGenerationEU.

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