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European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Denise Chircop (1st edition),

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The financial allocation for the European Commission proposal for a European Solidarity Corps programme is €1 260 million at current prices. Projected to offer opportunities for 350 000 18 to 30 year olds from 2021 to 2027, the programme is included under Heading 2 ‘Cohesion and Values’ of the multiannual financial framework covering the same period. In its initial phases, the European Solidarity Corps suffered from unsuccessful branding and communication, as it came into direct competition with two similar programmes, the European Voluntary Service and the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The new proposal merges these programmes. The distinctive feature of the European Solidarity Corps today is that it brings together volunteering, traineeship and job opportunities for young people with a clear focus on solidarity projects and uses existing management structures to maximise focus on delivery and performance. In view of the importance of solidarity to the wider European project, and the potential of this programme to contribute towards this spirit, a report by Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee adopted in plenary points out that the definition of solidarity should be the unifying principle in the programme’s implementation.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Solidarity Corps programme and repealing [European Solidarity Corps Regulation] and Regulation (EU) No 375/2014
Committee responsible: Culture and Education (CULT) COM(2018) 440, 11.6.2018.
Rapporteur: Michaela Šojdrová (EPP, Czech Republic) 2018/0230(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Silvia Costa (S&D, Italy)
Angel Dzhambazki (ECR, Bulgaria)
María Teresa Giménez Barbat (ALDE, Spain)
Curzio Maltese (GUE/NGL, Italy)
Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD, Italy)
Dominique Bilde (ENF, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Launch of trilogue negotiations

timeline 10 steps trilogue with second reading


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