Recognising and promoting cross-border voluntary activities in the EU
About 100 million Europeans take part in volunteering, contributing 5% to the European gross domestic product. It also offers a great opportunity for young Europeans to help abroad, but many of them still face problems such as red tape and language barriers, says Italian Christian-Democrat Marco Scurria.
He calls for a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps and a European skills passport to make cross-border volunteering easier. MEPs debated his report in plenary yesterday and today they will vote on it.
The report proposes several measures to promote volunteering, including:
the creation of an EU portal on volunteering with a special section on cross-border volunteering the establishment of a European skills passport, so that skills acquired through volunteering are officially recognised the support to create a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps, which would select, train and send volunteers to provide support to local organisations in the event of natural disasters