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European Commission

Statement

Brussels, 25 February 2014

Commissioner Georgieva welcomes the European Parliament's approval of "EU Aid Volunteers" legislation

Today the European Parliament voted in favour of the legislation that will create "EU Aid Volunteers" - an initiative that will give European citizens a new and exciting opportunity to make a personal impact in humanitarian work.

I am grateful to the Members of the European Parliament for their constructive contribution and support for this initiative. It builds on the solidarity of European citizens - a solidarity which we express through our strong support for the European Union's assistance to the victims of crises and disasters around the world. Volunteering on humanitarian projects is a way in which our citizens can make a concrete, positive difference.

A lot of work has gone into making sure that "EU Aid Volunteers" will live up to its goals, bringing value to humanitarian work, producing and deploying well-trained volunteers and allowing citizens to put their skills and energy at the service of people in need. I am positive that the political support and the positive opinion that Europeans have voiced about this programme will be well-deserved. I look forward to the launch of EU Aid Volunteers by the end of 2014.

Background

EU Aid Volunteers will offer more than 18.000 opportunities for volunteering worldwide over the next 7 years. The programme will be open for a variety of profiles, from newcomers to experienced humanitarian experts.

Through the initiative, volunteers will be trained and matched with humanitarian organisations for deployment in EU-funded projects in countries affected by disasters.

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative has already had three rounds of pilot projects (from 2011 to 2014), deploying 250 volunteers worldwide.

For more information

Memo "EU Aid Volunteers: the initiative takes shape"

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-132_en.htm

Factsheet on "EU Aid Volunteers" http://ec.europa.eu/echo/euaidvolunteers/index_en.htm

Website of Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/georgieva/index_en.htm

The lessons learned and ways forward for "EU Aid Volunteers" (speech by Commissioner Georgieva): http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-712_en.htm

Contacts :

David Sharrock (+32 2 296 89 09)

Irina Novakova (+32 2 295 75 17)

For the public: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 or by e-mail


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