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Cooperation with the Western Balkans in European Solidarity Corps

Organisations from Partner countries in the WB can participate in ESC Volunteering projects.

Here you can find news about ESC related to cooperation with this region.

Programme Guide and first calls for proposals published

On 10th of August 2018 the European Commission published the first call for proposals under the new legal base of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), the ESC Programme Guide and the relevant application forms. These are all accessible through the European Solidarity Corps webpage.

For more information, please consult also these resources:  press releasememo with FAQ and short news article.

The major change the European Solidarity Corps brings is that youth volunteering projects previously placed within KA1 of Erasmus+:Youth in Action programme are taken out from there and put into Volunteering actions in the European Solidarity Corps Programme. Actions, such as Youth Exchanges and Mobility of Youth Workers remain within Erasmus+:Youth in Action. Following these changes, please see the new version of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for 2018 (version 3) on the Erasmus+ website.

Accreditation process becomes Quality Label in the European Solidarity Corps

Simultaneously, with the introduction of the European Solidarity Corps Erasmus+ accreditation for youth volunteering organisations is replaced by European Solidarity Corps Quality Label.

The organisations in the Western Balkans, holding a valid Erasmus+ accreditation for volunteering projects (former EVS) do not need to apply for Quality Label, as their accreditation will be automatically translated into new roles in the Quality Label. The accreditation for coordinating organisations and sending organisations will be considered as a Quality Label for volunteering for the supporting role; the accreditation for receiving organisations will be considered as a Quality Label for volunteering for the host role.

New organizations from WB, wishing to get involved into Volunteering actions in the European Solidarity Corps Programme, will have to apply for a Quality Label at SALTO SEE. See the process described in details here.

Organisations from WB, which have already submitted an application for Erasmus+ accreditation, will be enabled to finalise the process.

Role of SALTO SEE in the ESC

Following the role of the regional SALTO Resource Centres in Erasmus+ volunteering, the Centres’ role in ESC will be:

  1. Implementation of Quality Label procedure (former accreditation process)
  2. Implementation of training and evaluation cycle for volunteers and organisations in neighbouring Partner regions

European Commission's press release.

Shortly about European Solidarity Corps Programme

Solidarity is one of the fundamental values of the European Union that connects European citizens. The Solidarity Corps is a key part of the efforts of the European Union to empower young people and enable them to become engaged, caring members of societies, playing their part in building a resilient, cohesive Europe for the future.

Since the introduction of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) in December 2016, in the so-called first implementation phase, thousands of young people have already helped people and communities in distress, through existing programmes, predominantly Erasmus +, with actions such as volunteering, training or employment.

Opportunities for partners from Partner countries in the Western Balkans to participate in ESC

Organisations from WB holding a valid EVS/Erasmus+ volunteering accreditation can participate in Volunteering projects under The European Solidarity Corps. With the beginning of 2019, accordingly, there will be no more Volunteering activities included in Erasmus+. The application deadline in October 2018 represents a kind of transitional stage.

Volunteering projects provide volunteering opportunities for young people. They should respond to important societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities while enabling volunteers to acquire useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Volunteering projects can combine one or more of the following main activities: Individual volunteering activities and Volunteering teams.

Young people interested in taking part in a Volunteering project can already register in the ESC Portal.

See more details in this Factsheet

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In the coming weeks and months, we will prepare detailed information on the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps in Western Balkans, publish them on our website and start implementing support activities for potential applicants in the programme.

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