The European Solidarity Corps is a new initiative that will bring together young Europeans to help others across the EU. Parliament pushed to have fresh funds allocated to the Solidarity Corps. Additional activities like environmental protection and helping migrants are also set to become part of the programme.
This is Manon. She's a young French volunteer and she's in Budapest to begin a placement with Danube Transnational Program, doing charitable work in the region. And these young people are helping to restore historic buildings damaged by earthquakes in Norcia, central Italy. Both of these programmes are part of the new European Solidarity Corps, which brings together young volunteers participating in activities across the EU to help people and communities. What we want is additional voluntary solidarity activities according to climate change, in other part of environmental activities, doing voluntary work with children, with elderly people. Other Solidarity Corps activities include education, health, and working with migrants and asylum seekers – with priority given to charitable work. Parliament has taken the first steps in setting up the Corps with a proposed budget of 375 million euros from 2018 to 2020. As volunteers take part in projects which benefit people, they will gain vital life skills and knowledge for their own futures. I think we all know that young people are willing to contribute to the European project. Of course to build up their own future, to be in contact with other people and to make society a little better. If you're aged between 17 and 30 and would like help make your society a little better, you can register now with the European Solidarity Corps.