Sunday 24 September 2017

State of the Union: European Solidarity Corps

There are no new visible updates on the European Commission’s State of the Union 2017 web page, still only in English.

We turn to the State of the Union 2017 brochure, where the next section is called The European Solidarity Corps: One Year on (from page 89). By 2020:

The aim is to have 100,000 young people taking part in the European Solidarity Corps. To achieve this ambition, the Commission proposed in May 2017 to give the European Solidarity Corps a budget of more than €340 million for the next three years, and to extend the types of activities.  

Among the factsheets on the State of the Union, you can find an almost identical one on the European Solidarity Corps, but available in all 24 official EU languages.
Through the European Youth Portal you can find more information about the European Solidarity Corps, two to twelve months long volunteer work projects for young people between 18 and 30 years old.

Official documents

After president Juncker’s State of the Union 2016 speech,  the Commission published the communication A European Solidarity Corps COM(2016) 942 final in December.

Under the procedure number 2017/0102 (COD) you can find the proposed regulation laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps etc. COM(2017) 262 final, as well as the  documents accompanying the 30 May 2017 proposal.

Under the first Juncker Commission priority - a new boost for jobs, growth and investment - on the Legislative Train Schedule, you can find a presentation plus additional documentation on the European Solidarity Corps, including the role of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

Ralf Grahn

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