In a first press release, the Commission announces to the press its proposal for designating 2011 the European Year of Volunteering 2011.
In a second press release at the media launch on 5 December 2010, the Commission presents the objectives and planned activities of the European Year of Volunteering to the European press.
The Commission's proposal for the European Year Volunteering of 2011 is based on an ex ante evaluation carried out in spring 2009.
The Commission's study on volunteering in the European Union provides research and insight into the situation of volunteering in the 27 EU Member States in 2010.
The Council decision of 27 November 2009 establishes the European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship 2011.
Report of the European Parliament on recognising and promoting cross-border voluntary activities in the European Union
Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Communication on EU Policies and Volunteering: Recognising and Promoting Cross-Border Volunteering".
Council conclusions on the role of voluntary activities in sport in promoting active citizenship.
In the European Union, almost 100 million citizens of all ages invest their time and talents to make a positive contribution to their community by volunteering in civil society organisations, youth clubs, hospitals, schools, in sport clubs, etc.
European charter on the rights and responsibilities of volunteers