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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.

The European Solidarity Corps is here, have no fear!

Recently, the European Parliament and the Council have reached a political agreement on the Commission's proposal to provide the ESC with its own budget and legal framework until 2020. After this step the vote in the European Parliament follows, and the official adoption of the text of the program in the Council is expected to occur in October 2018.

In the coming months, The National Agencies managing the ESC will implement the procedures for the implementation of projects. It is foreseen that the National Agencies that manage the youth strand of Erasmus+ are also in charge of the implementation of ESC. Accordingly, in Slovenia, ESC will be managed by MOVIT, and SALTO SEE RC will act as a main support structure for the participation of the Western Balkans in this programme.

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

The first application deadline for ESC is foreseen for October.

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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