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European Solidarity Corps [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Denise Chircop (3rd edition, updated on 12.10.2018),

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The Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps in a December 2016 communication, and the present proposal for a regulation would set its legal basis, define the budgetary and implementation arrangements, specify objectives and define key terms. The Corps would have a volunteering strand on the one hand and a smaller occupational strand (traineeships and jobs) on the other. All placements focus on solidarity actions and will last between 2 to 12 months.

The proposal set a target of 100 000 participants, with a proposed budget of €341.5 million, for the 2018-2020 period. In its resolution on the issue in April 2017, the European Parliament had insisted that the initiative should not drain other programmes. Notwithstanding that, the Commission proposed that only 25 % of the budget would be new money. Parliament reiterated its position in its resolution of July 2017 and again in the report adopted by the CULT committee ahead of trilogue negotiations. Council, however, came to the negotiating table seeking a budget that was totally dependent on redeployments. Finally, the European Parliament negotiators managed to secure €76 million (20 %) fresh money, complemented by a redistribution that favours volunteering more strongly, and the inclusion of safeguards to avoid exploitation for profit-making purposes. The new regulation entered into force on 5 October 2018.

Versions

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps and amending Regulations (EU) No 1288/2013, (EU) No 1293/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013 and Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Committee responsible: Culture and Education (CULT) COM(2017) 262 of 30.5.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0102(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Shadow rapporteurs: Michaela Šojdrová (EPP, Czech Republic)
Silvia Costa (S&D, Italy)
Morten Messerschmidt (ECR, Denmark)
Maria Teresa Gimenez Barbat (ALDE, Spain)
Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD, Italy)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2018/1475
OJ L 250, 4.10.2018, pp. 1–20.

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