European Solidarity Corps launched

The initiative will allow young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to sign up for opportunities to make an important contribution to society across the EU.

The European Solidarity Corps will allow volunteers to sign up for volunteering or a traineeship, apprenticeship or job lasting 2 to 12 months. These opportunities will provide valuable skills and experience at the start of young people's careers.

Participants will be able to sign up for activities addressing issues such as:

  • education
  • health
  • social integration
  • assistance in the provision of food
  • shelter construction
  • reception, support and integration of migrants and refugees
  • environmental protection
  • prevention of natural disasters (excluding immediate response)

The minimum age for participants is 18. Young people between 17 and 30 can register interest.

When registering you will need to sign up to the European Solidarity Corps Mission Statement and its Principles. Participating organisations must adhere to the European Solidarity Corps Charter.


The European Solidarity Corps was announced by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of European Commission, in his September 2016 State of the Union speech.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said:

"The European Solidarity Corps will create opportunities for young people willing to make a meaningful contribution to society and help show solidarity – something the world and our European Union needs more of.

For me, this has always been the very essence of what the European Union is about. It is not the Treaties or industrial or economic interests that bind us together, but our values. And those who work as volunteers are living European values each and every day."

Press release: Investing in Europe's youth and the launch of the European Solidarity Corps

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