During his 2016 State of the Union address, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the creation of a European Solidarity Corps, offering young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to take part in a wide range of solidarity activities across the EU and beyond. Since its launch on 7 December 2016, almost 64,000 young people have joined the European Solidarity Corps, and almost 5,000 participants started their activity.
The main objective of the European Solidarity Corps programme is to tap into the ability of youths to carry out acts of solidarity and boost their engagement with the work through the provision of related opportunities.
The European Commission’s proposal was published on June 11, 2018, in the run-up to discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.
The European Parliament adopted a report on the proposal on March 12, 2019, with suggestions to increase the visibility of the Corps and target more involvement for interested stakeholders.
The Council reached a partial general approach on November 26, 2018, with a first reading position to be adopted as part of ongoing negotiations on the next MFF.
The first trilogue took place on 2 October 2019. A second trilogue will be on 12 November 2019.
Trilogue negotiations are currently ongoing.
Local implementation will be the responsibility of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ