Today, EU Ministers in the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council came to an agreement on the Commission's proposal to provide the European Solidarity Corps with its own budget and legal framework. Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen welcome the agreement. Their joint statement reads:
"We are very pleased that the Council has today adopted a general approach on the legal framework for the European Solidarity Corps.
Solidarity is a fundamental and founding value of the European Union. Since last December, over 41,000 young people have signed up for the European Solidarity Corps, ready to volunteer, train or work for the common good. We must value this enthusiasm, which will help us move towards a more sustainable and fairer Europe. A dedicated legal base and funding for the European Solidarity Corps will create clear rules supported by stable funding. This will give a boost to solidarity activities across Europe and enable us to secure 100,000 placements by 2020.
Today's agreement by Member States paves the way for a final agreement with the European Parliament. We would like to thank the Maltese Presidency for starting off the process and the Estonian Presidency for their commitment and hard work in reaching a consensus on this important file, less than six months after we presented our proposal. Now, we count on the European Parliament to move forward swiftly with this file."
Once the European Parliament adopts its report, the first 'trilogue' meeting between the European Parliament, Council and Commission will take place.
On 30 May 2017, following targeted consultations with stakeholders, the Commission put forward a proposal to equip the European Solidarity Corps with one single legal base, its own financing mechanism and a broader set of solidarity activities. This will help further increase its coherence, impact and cost-effectiveness. Since then, discussions have been ongoing in both the European Parliament and the Council to come to an agreement on the proposal. In their Joint Declaration, the EU institutions committed to delivering on the proposal by the end of this year.
For more information
Press release: European Solidarity Corps – dedicated legal base and budget (May 2017)
Q&A: European Solidarity Corps – dedicated legal base and budget (May 2017)