(15 September 2016) – The creation of a European Solidarity Corps was announced by President Juncker during his State of the Union speech yesterday.
The European Solidarity Corps has been conceived to offer people under 30 in Europe the chance to support a non-governmental organisation (NGO), local authority or private company active in addressing challenging situations across the European Union.
For instance: rebuilding communities following natural disasters; addressing social challenges such as social exclusion, poverty, health and demographic challenges; or working on the reception and integration of refugees.
The Corps will develop its own distinct identity, rooted in the core EU values of engagement and solidarity. It will be set up “as soon as possible” with the aim of getting 100,000 young people signed up to the Corps by 2020.