YEU in European Solidarity Corps Stakeholders Forum
Hello again beautiful people of YEU!
Remember the last newsmail when we spoke about the European Solidarity Corps (ESC)? Well we have more news on it!
Just to give you an introduction on it, the (ESC) was announced by the European Commission President Juncker in his “State of the Union” speech in September 2016. In this speech, Juncker identified solidarity as one of the main values of the European Union and expressed his hope to involve more young people solidarity action and volunteering. The ESC hopes to engage 100 000 people by 2020.
The key objective of the ESC is to strengthen cohesion and foster solidarity in European society.
After some private consultations with other stakeholders and INGYO representatives, we have now participated in the European Solidarity Corps Stakeholders Forum organized by the European Commission which was held on the 12th of April.
During the ESC Forum, the participants were divided in 3 working groups:
- Making the European Solidarity Corps an attractive initiative for young people and organisations
- A lean and effective set up and governance of the European Solidarity Corps
- Supporting young persons' employability and reaching to the disadvantaged
Me and Pete were there to assess the progress of this initiative and listen to opinions of fellow participants so that we can all work together and get results that will benefit youth in general and the member organisations of YEU.
When following this initiative, YEU shares the priorities of the European Youth Forum, advocating for:
- A clear definition of volunteering and occupational strands.
- The need for a definition of solidarity sector i.e field and sector of operation
- Co-ordinated inter service approach in the European Commission, to enable the development of a more ambitious EU volunteering policy and mainstream better volunteering across the EU Programmes. Moreover, as the European Solidarity Corps is divided in two different strands, volunteering and occupational, a fully coordinated approached should be ensured between DG EAC and DG EMPL.
- Local volunteering as one of the core elements of ESC, not excluding European solidarity through mobility.
- Ensure access to the European Solidarity Corps to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with specific needs.
- Ensure the quality of offers under the occupational strand. Host organisations should subscribe to a quality Charter comprising agreed objectives and standards.
- Clear and sustainable funding for the ESC. The implementation of the initiative cannot in any way endanger or overshadow the objectives of existing successful programmes.
Involvement of Key stakeholders of the field in the implementation of ESC. Youth organisations, volunteers based organisations and organisations of the solidarity sector should be regularly consulted.