Lifelong Learning Platform | LLLP - European Civil Society for Education

Setting up a European Solidarity Corps?

President Juncker announced in his State of the Union Address before the European Parliament the idea of a European Solidarity Corps with the first 100,000 young Europeans taking part in its activities by 2020. The idea behind the European Solidarity Corps is that Europeans need greater opportunities to express their solidarity, which is a strongly held value throughout European society. Many young people would be happy to volunteer to work for a good cause and in projects where their help makes a difference. The European Solidarity Corps would offer them a new opportunity to put their ideals in practice. And their action would directly support the activity of NGOs, national and local authorities in dealing with various crises. In order to assess the scope of the programme, the European Commission has been consulting civil society organisations such as LLLPlatform members. The Solidarity Corps should be launcehd by end of 2016.