International Conference on the European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps
Background, implementation approaches, perspectives

Europäische Akademie Berlin; 23.05.2017 from 9 – 22h

European Solidarity CorpsThe European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a newly established EU-initiative which shall provide opportunities for young Europeans to engage in solidarity activities across Europe, to gain experience, develop skills and increase their chances on the labour market. However, as pointed out by civil society organisations, many questions still remain to be discussed, especially concerning financial and organisational issues as well as regarding the synergies with established EU exchange and volunteer programmes (EVS, Erasmus).

In cooperation with EUNET and European partners, the European Academy Berlin is organising a one-day expert conference for German and European disseminators.

The conference will pursue the following aims:

  • Information and multiperspective discussion on the current development of the ESC, especially regarding its aim to foster solidarity between the EU member states and to contribute to fighting youth unemployment in Europe,
  • Discussion about the positioning of the ESC within the landscape of existing European programs and initiatives and the possible synergies between them,
  • Exchange on best practices and exploitation of possible common measures in civic (youth) education and voluntary work regarding the strengthening of European solidarity.

Programme Conference on European Solidarity Corps
Registration Form Conference on European Solidarity Corps

Due to the kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the European Union, participation in the conference is free of charge (including meals and programme costs).
The number of places is limited.

For those participants who need accommodation in Berlin, rooms at the European Academy Berlin are available at a preferential rate of 69 Euro per person/room, including breakfast.

Please register as soon as possible and at the latest by May 9, 2017.

For any further details please contact
Claudia Rehrs
Tel.: +49 30 89 59 51 37
E-Mail: cr@eab-berlin.eu

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