Parliament CULT Committee votes Report on volunteering in Europe
On 17 October the Committee for Culture and Education adopted MEP Scurria (EPP)’s report on volunteering in Europe. The draft report (final version soon available) highlights that volunteering is key for active citizenship and democracy as well as for promoting social and economic cohesion, and that formal, informal and non-formal training enhance volunteers’ skills and empower them. The report also calls for the adoption of a European statute for voluntary organisations in line with the goals of the European Alliance for the Statute of the European Association which EUCIS-LLL belongs to, and rings the alarm on the difficulties faced by NGOs in times of austerity. See also EUCIS-LLL recommendations to recognize volunteer work as contributions in kind in the next Erasmus+ programme.