(WINNER 2018) European community service: an EU initiative that allows young people to volunteer in different community service projects around Europe.

The European Solidarity Corps is an EU initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work on projects that benefit communities across Europe. It was announced by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2016, and launched in December 2016. As a next step, a new dedicated legal base for the European Solidarity Corps will enter into force in autumn 2018, with an overall budget of EUR 375.6 million for the period 2018-2020. After completing a simple registration process, participants may be selected to join a wide range of projects run by organisations which have been checked and authorised to run European Solidarity Corps activities. Currently, the European Solidarity Corps offers opportunities for volunteering, taking part in a traineeship or a job for individual participants. In addition to supporting young people in carrying out these activities, the Corps also provides participants with the opportunity to set up their own solidarity projects or to volunteer in groups. A series of support measures (e.g. training, insurance, etc.) will be available for all types of placements and projects. Special support is provided to participants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Project Owner

Jean-Claude Juncker

President of the European Commission