Today, the Council adopted a regulation on the European Solidarity Corps. The regulation establishes a legal framework for young people to volunteer or work in beneficial projects across Europe under the auspices of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC).
This new regulation offers young Europeans the possibility of contributing to Europe’s development by participating in a range of activities aimed at benefiting society as a whole. The European Solidarity Corps now has a legal framework and a dedicated budget. We fully expect it to match the success of the Erasmus programme.
The main elements of the Regulation are as follows:
- The European Solidarity Corps will be open to young people aged 18-30 from the European Union, as well as acceding, candidate and potential candidate countries, EFTA and EEA countries, Switzerland and countries which fall within Europe’s neighbourhood policy;
- A wide range of activities will be proposed, including volunteering, traineeships, jobs and youth-led solidarity projects;
- It will offer the opportunity to support public and private bodies active in strengthening cohesion, solidarity and democracy in Europe, for example by addressing social exclusion, poverty, health or by working on the reception and integration of refugees;
- It will be based on existing good practices, mainly from the ERASMUS+ programme and Youth in Action;
- It will benefit from an overall budget of EUR 375 600 000 for the years 2018 to 2020.
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