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European Commission - Announcement

Further shaping and consolidating the European Solidarity Corps

Brussels, 6 February 2017

The European Commission launched a public consultation to consult young people, teachers, youth workers, organisations, employers and other stakeholders on the priorities and the strengthening of the recently launched European Solidarity Corps.

As announced at the launch last December, the Commission is preparing a legislative proposal in the first half of 2017 to create a dedicated legal base for the European Solidarity Corps. The results of the consultation launched today will further shape and consolidate the European Solidarity Corps by feeding into the Commission's work on that legislative proposal.

The public consultation will run for eight weeks and builds on an earlier stakeholder consultation that took place in late 2016 in preparation of the launch of the European Solidarity Corps in December. Young people and organisations participating in the public consultation will get the opportunity to evaluate the different aims of the initiative, inform about their motivation to participate, communicate their needs on information and guidance, and share best practice. It will be complemented by targeted consultations with key stakeholders involved in youth work in the EU.

Since the launch, more than 21,000 young people have already registered with the European Solidarity Corps. Participating organisations are expected to be able to start searching for suitable candidates early March, with the first participants joining solidarity activities already in spring. The objective is to have 100,000 young people joining the European Solidarity Corps by the end of 2020.

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