European Commission launches European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) was officially launched on 7 December, 2016. During his State of the Union on 14 September 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the setting up of a ESC: “I want this European Solidarity Corps up and running as soon as possible. And by 2020, to see the first 100,000 young Europeans taking part. By voluntarily joining the European Solidarity Corps, these young people will be able to develop their skills and get not only work but also invaluable human experience.”
European Solidarity Corps at a Glance
Young people under 30 will be able to join the European Solidarity Corps. They will have a chance to volunteer in crisis situations. It can be done by supporting a non-governmental organisation (NGO), local authority or private company which are active in addressing challenging situations across the European Union.
Members of the European Solidarity Corps can take part in disaster preparedness, activities addressing social challenges or activities aiming at tackling the refugee crisis. However, it does not include immediate disaster response.