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Commission boosts Solidarity Corps with new projects


The European Commission is supporting two projects led by the Italian and French public employment services as part of its recently launched European Solidarity Corps.

The projects will offer a solidarity-related job or traineeship in another EU country to up to 6,000 young people.

Selected participants will be able to engage in a broad range of activities such as healthcare, social integration, environmental protection, assistance for migrants and refugees, or food aid.

The projects will reach out to employers, ensure the matching of candidates and provide financial and other types of support, such as training, to participants.

“The European Solidarity Corps is about creating more and better opportunities. I am happy that starting from today, with the kicking off of the occupational strand, the corps is offering its full potential to our young people,” said Marianne Thyssen, European commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility.

“In co-operation with public employment services and partners on the ground, we will offer thousands of young people a concrete opportunity for a job or traineeship in solidarity-related fields across Europe. This will allow them to develop their skills and increase their future labour market prospects.”

The projects will be led by Pôle Emploi and Italy’s National Agency for Active Labour Market Policies. They will run until March 2019 and have been funded with more than €14m from the Employment and Social Innovation programme.

The European Solidarity Corps aims to provide 100,000 solidarity-related placements by the end of 2020.

Pan European Networks Ltd