Study on removing obstacles to cross-border solidarity activities
Last updated on Wednesday, 24/06/2020
A study that identifies the key obstacles to cross-border solidarity activities across the EU Member States, and formulates policy recommendations to inform the review of the Council Recommendation on the mobility of young volunteers.
The Council Recommendation of 20 November 2008 on the mobility of young volunteers across the European Union was one of the key European policy initiatives supporting volunteering activities. The Council Recommendation recognised the existence of obstacles to the cross-border mobility of young volunteers, and proposed a number of recommendations for the Member States and the European Commission to set up a framework and to facilitate cross-border cooperation in volunteering activities.
The Work Plan for the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2021 includes a review of the 2008 Council Recommendation and the establishment of an Expert Group on the subject. The study on “Removing obstacles to cross-border solidarity activities” was thus commissioned to complement the work of the Expert Group and inform the review of 2008 Council recommendation.
The study was carried out by PPMI Group (www.ppmi.lt) with the assistance of EPRD (Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development).
The purpose of the study was to identify the key obstacles to cross-border solidarity activities that persist at policy and organisational levels across the EU Member States, and to formulate concrete policy recommendations that can be fed directly into the review of the Council Recommendation on the mobility of young volunteers and cross border solidarity activities.
The study identified several obstacles that exist at national and European level. Many of these obstacles stem from the substantial differences in administrative and legal frameworks on volunteering across the Member States, the difficulties in obtaining visas or residence permits for volunteering purposes, the lack of recognition, the lack of awareness and the available opportunities through the European Solidarity Corps.
Consequently, the study formulated concrete policy recommendations to tackle the identified obstacles so that volunteering and cross border solidarity activities may be easily and realistically accessed by all young people in Europe and beyond.