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Here you can find news about our activities and the Erasmus+ YiA Programme, relevant for cooperation with the Western Balkans

European Solidarity Corps news: 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 release, memo 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.

Call for participants for Cross-sectoral seminar: Building young people's resilience against violent radicalisation, 19 - 24 November 2018, Albania

The seminar aims to offer a space for reflection, sharing practices and exploring their interdependencies, between youth workers and other kinds of practitioners working in the field of building resilience against young people's violent radicalisation. The call for participants is open until 9 September.

The seminar is part of the strategy on the topic of ‘Youth work against violent radicalisation’, which has been developed by a consortium of several National Agencies for Erasmus+, youth field, four SALTO Resource Centres and the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership since 2016. Building young people's resilience is work that youth workers have always done. The focus is to strengthen this role of youth work in the context of increasing religious and political radicalism in today’s societies in Europe and its neighbouring regions.

Call for participants and more information

New documentation about developments in youth policy and youth work in and with the Western Balkans

In the framework of the Second Europe-Western Balkans Youth Meeting: The Berlin Process - A new impetus for youth work?", several interesting studies and outcomes were produced. All focus on the topics of youth participation, civic education and social inclusion:

  • Survey of challenges and achievements encountered in 28 examples of "inspiring youth projects" involving Partners from the Western Balkans and other European countries in the past years, conducted by Lana Pašič
  • Recent achievements and current challenges in youth policies in the Western Balkans, a study written by Sladjana Petković
  • Messages from participants to policy makers, European institutions and the youth work field

The documents can be downloaded here.

European Solidarity Corps - Possibilities for cooperation with Partner countries

Organisations from Partner countries, including those from the Western Balkans, can participate in Volunteering projects in the European Solidarity Corps. 

From now on, you will find information about new features, steps to be taken by organisations and young people in order to participate, deadlines and support activities on a new page on the SALTO SEE website.

Support for Volunteering activities by SALTO SEE in 2018

  • Meetings for Volunteering Organisations in the Western Balkans

Meetings for accredited organisations in the Western Balkans initiated in 2017 are also organised in 2018.

Since 2017, in an effort to further support quality in EVS in the Western Balkans, SALTO SEE has organised national meetings for EVS organisations in the region. On this link you can read more about these meetings and also find dates of the meetings in 2018. 

  • Schedule of Volunteer Trainings

You can check of training sessions for volunteers here and register eligible volunteers for On-arrival trainings and Mid-term meetings.

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