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EESC Opinion on volunteer work measurement: first steps towards greater recognition?

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In December the European Economic and Social Committee released an opinion on “Statistical tools for measuring volunteering” to reiterate the need for a favourable environment and support for voluntary activities and call the Commission to start consistent work on a standardised methodology to map volunteer work across the EU. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has produced a reference manual in the field and the Committee recommends national statistical offices throughout the EU to take stock of the international organisation’s document. More importantly, the EESC calls for legal measures to recognise volunteer work as eligible co-financing in EU grants, which has been for a long time an important obstacle to the participation of many organisations in EU programmes (see EUCIS-LLL recommendations in that sense for the Erasmus+ programme).

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