On Wednesday 7 December, European Commission Vice-President for Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva will officially launch the European Solidarity Corps.
The launch event will take place as of 13h00 in the Skyshelter dome on the Schuman roundabout in Brussels, with the participation of a wide range of organisations and many young people. Young people interested in a solidarity activity across Europe can inform themselves about the new Corps, exchange experiences, meet participating organisations, and be among the first ones to register for the European Solidarity Corps on the spot.
The event – which will take place in parallel to similar launch events in the Member States – will be preceded by a press conference in the Berlaymont press room with Commissioners Marianne Thyssen, Christos Stylianides and Tibor Navracsics, following the College meeting.
The European Solidarity Corps is part of the upcoming broader Commission initiative to further invest in Europe’s youth.
More information can be found here.
[The following press release was issued by the European Commission on ]
The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is conceived to offer people under 30 in Europe the chance to support a non-governmental organisation (NGO), local authority or private company active in addressing challenging situations across the European Union – for instance: rebuilding communities following natural disasters; addressing social challenges such as social exclusion, poverty, health and demographic challenges; or working on the reception and integration of refugees. The Corps will develop its own distinct identity, rooted in the core EU values of engagement and solidarity. By joining the Corps, participants will express their commitment and willingness to devote a period of their lives to helping others.
The European Solidarity Corps will be set up as soon as possible, and will start with making the web-portal operational. The objective is to get 100,000 young people signed up to the Corps by 2020.
[European Commission – Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on the European Solidarity Corps]
Roind-Point Schuman, Bruxelles, 7/12/2016 © D. A. P.
Register at: europa.eu/solidarity-corps