EVS consultation meeting
On February 8th 2017, YEU took part in the EVS Stakeholders Consultation Meeting organized by the European Commission in Brussels. The meeting was the direct follow-up of the EVS Stakeholders seminar that took place in November 2016, where a preview of the EVS Impact Study results was shared with different organizations involved in EVS projects. During the meeting, different participants expressed the need to deepen the discussions on the accreditation process linked to the EVS. This second consultation was meant to discuss the potential and the challenges of the accreditation process, which is also an essential element in the setting up of the new European Solidarity Corps.
EVS will benefit from an unexpected increase in budget in 2017: 50% more compared to nominal terms of 2016. Due to this and to the great political attention currently given to European Voluntary Corps, this is the moment to make something meaningful and to push both the Commission and the different National Agencies for immediate, more effective and coordinated actions.
The meeting helped to analyze possible interventions regarding the accreditation process of EVS, so as to make the system more accessible, efficient and inclusive for both local and international organizations. Additional inputs were shared concerning quality assessment, monitoring and the heterogeneous approaches and features of different NAs within the EVS program and procedures.
If interested in European and International volunteering policies, we suggest to follow up on the upcoming meetings:
- Conference on youth volunteering hosted by Estonian presidency: 3rd/5th of July in Tallin;
- Conference on international volunteering hosted by the Austrian Ministry: 6th/7th of October in Wien.