How is the programme designed to deliver results?


The European Union is built on solidarity, a shared value which is strongly felt throughout European society. Solidarity is a fundamental pillar of the European integration project, providing a clear compass to guide Europe’s citizens, and especially the young ones, in their aspirations for a better EU. Many young people wish to engage in solidarity activities. Communities have unmet needs that could be addressed by involving younger generations in such activities. Many organisations are looking for motivated youngsters to help their efforts. These imbalances of supply and demand require attention.

In the absence of measures to bring organisations and young people together to promote solidarity, there is a risk that a major potential for solidarity activities goes untapped. This could result in an unnecessary welfare loss to organisations, young people, and society as a whole. Furthermore, there is room for improvement by simplifying processes and efficiency gains to be derived from economies of scale and scope.

Whereas tackling socio-economic issues is primarily the responsibility of Member States, intervention at the EU level enhances the European, cross-border dimension of solidarity, complementing existing national and regional public and private policies, programmes and activities without creating competition or substitution effects. This intervention also helps identify shared challenges, stimulate cooperation and transnational mobility, encourage synergies, and promote the sharing of good practices and mutual learning in addition to supporting a Europe-wide approach to social innovation, where there is clear value added for European solutions.


Against this background, European Solidarity Corps brings together young people and organisations to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people, and responding to societal and humanitarian challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop and provides a single entry point for such solidarity activities across the EU and beyond.


The programme has the following specific objectives:

  1. Provide young people, including those with fewer opportunities, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity activities in Europe and abroad.
  2. Improve and properly validate their competences as well as facilitate their employability and transition into the labour market.


  • EUR 1 009.0 millionTotal financial programming 2021-2027
2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
135.7 138.4 141.2 144.0 146.9 149.8 152.9

In EUR million.


In order to achieve its objectives, European Solidarity Corps includes the following strands:

  1. Participation of young people in solidarity activities addressing societal challenges:

    • Volunteering;
    • Solidarity Projects.
  2. Participation of young people in humanitarian aid related solidarity activities.
  3. Networking activities.
  4. Quality and support measures.

Delivery mode

European Solidarity Corps is implemented directly both by the Commission, under the leadership of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC, which bears the overall responsibility for the supervision and coordination) and by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Parts of the activities are implemented in indirect management with the support of a network of National Agencies, which brings the programme closer to its target audience, adapts to the diversity of national education systems, and offers the possibility to align it with national priorities.

Performance framework: more information

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Where are we in the implementation?

You will find information on the programme implementation in this webpage.

It will be updated when the programme will have started on an annual basis alongside the publication of the draft budget and the discharge.

Next publication (estimation): June 2022.

Predecessor programmes 2014-2020

European Solidarity Corps builds on achievements of the predecessor programme in its first years of existence and on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, further consolidating efforts to have a single entry point for young people wishing to engage in solidarity and extending the scope to cover volunteering activities in support of humanitarian aid operations.

Its inclusion and diversity framework will help further improve access to solidarity opportunities especially for participants with fewer opportunities. The programme will also give more emphasis to the Commission’s priorities and contribute to Europe's sustainable growth and digitalisation.

2014-2020 European Solidarity Corps

  • EUR 352.2 millionBudget allocation 2014-2020

Overall execution (2014-2020)

  Total %
Commitments EUR 352.0 million
Payments EUR 262.4 million

This graph includes implementation based on voted budget appropriations and carried-over appropriations.


Key monitoring indicators

  Baseline Progress Target Results Assessment
Participants in volunteering  
61 900 25 911 out of 61 900 participants On track
Participants in traineeships and jobs  
11 200 1 013 out of 11 200 participants Deserves attention
Participants in solidarity projects  
18 900 8 629 out of 18 900 participants On track
% of target achieved by the end of 2020



Concrete examples of achievements

  • 280 000young people expressed an interest in joining by registering with the European Solidarity Corps.
  • 55 000opportunities for young people were created between October 2018 and December 2020
  • 39%of participants involved so far are young people with fewer opportunities.
  • 90%of participants who completed their activity said they were satisfied with their experience.

Programme Performance Overview

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2014-2020 EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

  • EUR 89.5 millionBudget allocation 2014-2020

Overall execution (2014-2020)

  Total %
Commitments EUR 89.2 million
Payments EUR 61.8 million

This graph includes implementation based on voted budget appropriations and carried-over appropriations.


Key monitoring indicators

  Baseline Progress Target Results Assessment
Number of EU aid volunteers trained (1)  
4 300 1 070 volunteers trained out of 4 300 Deserves attention
Number of EU aid volunteers deployed (2)  
4 175 760 volunteers out of 4 175 Deserves attention
Number of hosting and sending organisations participating in the EU aid volunteers initiative (2)  
635 439 organisations out of 635 Moderate progress
Number of certified sending organisations applying the EU aid volunteers initiative standards (1)  
169 74 organisations out of 169 On track

(1) Cumulative results for 2014-2020 compared to cumulative milestones for 2014-2020.
(2) Cumulative results for 2014-2019 compared to cumulative milestones for 2014-2020.

% of target achieved by the end of 2020



Concrete examples of achievements

  • 1 173deployments financed during the 2014-2020 period.
  • 200organisations certified since 2017.

Programme Performance Overview

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