european-solidarity-corpsAn open public consultation is now available for the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). The ESC has been established as an opportunity for young people to support communities and people in need and foster solidarity, cooperation and mutual understanding. The ESC initiative will be split into two strands; namely voluntary and occupational. The supported activities will include solidarity-related jobs and volunteering projects, traineeships and apprenticeships, both in the young people’s home countries and abroad. The ESC is available for young people aged between 18 and 30, with projects lasting from 2 to 12 months.

As an ongoing process, the Commission is now consulting stakeholders and the general public to define key priorities and shape the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps. This public consultation builds on an initial, targeted consultation of a selection of key stakeholders in late 2016. The questions of the initial consultation were broad, focusing on the potential and the challenges of creating a European Solidarity Corps.

The consultation results will inform the Commission’s legislative proposal, and as such we encourage anyone wishing to express feedback or comments on the European Solidarity Corps to take part in the consultation.

Learn more about the public consultation via the survey.