The European Voluntary Service exhibition can be visited on the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels (distribution space, 3rd floor – Altiero Spinelli building) by 16 September 2011.
Damien Abad, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), President of the Youth Intergroup, opened the exhibition on 6 September 2011 in the presence of other European parliamentarians. The European Commission was represented by Pascal Lejeune, Head of the Youth in Action programme unit in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
MEP Abad stressed the importance of the Youth in Action programme, which fosters employability and participation of young people, noting e.g. the fact that 60% of Youth in Action participants, among them European volunteers, voted in the 2009 European Parliament election compared to 29% of the overall EU population aged 18-24.
The European Voluntary Service exhibition showcases 26 projects from all over Europe selected by an inter-institutional jury for the European Awards which were handed over by President Barroso, Commissioner Vassiliou and MEP Papanikolaou in Antwerp on 17 May 2011.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a part of the Youth in Action programme and celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2011. Since 1996 ca. 50 000 young European volunteers have helped many local communities across Europe and beyond providing unpaid services. At the same time, EVS volunteers receive regular training and a strong personal and task-related support offered by organisations responsible for recruiting, sending and hosting volunteers. Therefore, EVS is an important non-formal learning experience for young people, improving their job prospects and developing their personal and social skills.
The Youth in Action programme is an EU programme for all young people, offering them non-formal learning opportunities, with a view to enhancing their skills and competences (employability) as well as their active citizenship and feeling of being European
<>(participation). Its total budget will amount to € 885 million over seven years. Activities such as Youth Exchanges, Youth Initiatives, Youth Democracy Projects, European Voluntary Service but also training and networking for youth organisations active in the non-formal education are being implemented in ca. 8 000 projects involving more than 140 000 young people and youth workers every year.
Youth in Action programme: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.htm
European Award ceremony: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/orphans/evs-award-ceremony_en.htm
European good practice projects. Focus on: European Voluntary Service: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/orphans/doc/evs_awards_brochure.pdf
European Voluntary Service exhibition: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/orphans/doc/evs_awards_exhibition.pdf
The impact of the European Voluntary Service: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/orphans/doc/evs_leaflet.pdf