30 May 2017
Commenting on the adoption of the proposal for a dedicated legal base and budget for the European Solidarity Corps by the European Commission, European Green Party co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:
"We welcome that the European Commission will dedicate new funds to the European Solidarity Corps, albeit this is not enough. Now it is up to the member states to provide fresh money. At the same time, we expect a full and functioning integration of the existing European Voluntary Service with the new system.
"From our perspective, the European Solidarity Corps should not focus exclusively on traditional volunteering, but also include young people who are undergoing vocational training. The European Solidarity Corps should thus provide incentives especially to those target groups who typically do not participate in European exchange programs and who could enhance their professional skills through the cultural exchange and language training.
"We welcome the possibility for volunteering teams to establish their own project. This promotes the creativity, commitment and motivation of many young people in Europe."
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