Wo: Brussels, Belgium
Veranstalter: Europäische Kommission
On 19 September, the European Commission will adopt its proposal for a Regulation on the setting up of the European Voluntary Corps in Humanitarian Aid – a new body envisaged by the Treaty of Lisbon.
After a Communication on the Voluntary Corps presented in 2010, followed by a series of successful pilot projects, this new proposal intends to lay the legal basis for the Voluntary Corps in good time, so that the Corps becomes fully functional as of 2014.
The aim of the European Humanitarian Aid Corps is to express the European Union's humanitarian values and its solidarity with people in need.
The body will strengthen the Union's capacity to respond to humanitarian crises through the deployment of well-trained volunteers. It will also help reinforce the resilience of vulnerable communities by deploying volunteers to work on preparedness of disaster-prone areas. It will also provide opportunities for young Europeans to train as volunteers, to acquire useful professional skills and unique experience and to show leadership.
The Corps will give 9500 European volunteers the opportunity to engage directly in humanitarian operations worldwide. Over 7000 staff and volunteers from third countries will benefit from capacity-building activities, while around 10,000 people are expected to participate in the Corps through online volunteering.
Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, will present the legislative proposal in the Commission's press room. A press release and the text of the draft Regulation will be available on the day.