On 30 May 2017, the Commission is expected to adopt a legislative proposal on the European Solidarity Corps, as announced at its launch in December 2016. The new dedicated legal base will consolidate the current first phase of this new initiative that builds on existing financing programmes, and further shape the European Solidarity Corps. It will include a dedicated budget and lay the basis for a robust roll-out in order to allow 100,000 young people to take part by the end of 2020.
To prepare it proposal, the Commission launched both an open online survey and targeted consultations with stakeholders, which concluded in a Stakeholder Forum on 12 April. Altogether 660 individuals and organisations responded to the consultation and around 700 people attended the Stakeholder Forum.
The feedback received from young people, organisations, civil society and national authorities was largely positive, welcoming the visibility and political recognition given to young people's engagement in solidarity, and the increased opportunities for young people to contribute through the European Solidarity Corps.
On 7 December 2016, the Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps. It enables young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to take part in a range of solidarity activities that address challenging situations across the EU. This will not only allow them to gain invaluable experience and acquire important skills at the start of their career, but also to promote and strengthen the value of solidarity, one of the fundamental values of the European Union.
In its Communication on the European Solidarity Corps, the Commission adopted a gradual approach, building on existing programmes and instruments in an initial phase, while preparing its proposal for a self-standing legal instrument for adoption in the first half of 2017.
At the end of April the number of young people registered in the European Solidarity Corps database has surpassed 28,000. Since the opening of the database to organisations in March, more than 4000 participants have been contacted, more than 80 offers were made, and first participants already started their projects.
30 May 2017 – exact timing to be confirmed.