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European Solidarity Corps / Korp Ewropew ta' Solidarjetà (KETS)

The European Solidarity Corps (or, Korp Ewropew ta' Solidarjetà - KETS) is a new volunteering opportunity which is currently being fine-tuned by the European Commission. This opportunity enables young people to show solidarity with communities in their respective country as well as abroad.

It adds value to the current Erasmus+ Volunteering programme previously known as EVS, as well as other EU funding programmes. It is planned that Erasmus+ national agencies will manage the European Solidarity Corps in each country.

The European Commission has just published the first call for proposals under the new legal basis of the European Solidarity Corps. Eligible organisations and groups of young people should submit their application for the below solidarity activities by 16th October 2018 at 12:00hrs (midday Brussels time):

i. Solidarity Projects

ii. Volunteering Projects

iii. Traineeships and Jobs,

Application forms can be found here

For further information, applicants may refer to the European Solidarity Corps Guide and Webpage

Organisations which hold a valid Quality Label (accreditation) will have access to the European Solidarity Corps PASS Portal, where they can find potential participants for their projects. Applications for obtaining the Quality Label can be found here. These applications can be submitted on a continuous basis.

The Erasmus+ accreditation process shall be discontinued with immediate effect for all organisations except for those from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. Organisations established in those countries will still be able to submit an application for Erasmus+ accreditation to their National Agency. Organisations established in a partner country neighbouring the EU must apply for a Quality Label at a relevant SALTO Centre. Organisations which have a valid accreditation under the Erasmus+ Programme are still eligible to apply under the European Solidarity Corps.

Young people between 18-30 years interested in participating under the European Solidarity Corps framework must be registered in the European Solidarity Corps PASS Portal.

The following official documents regarding the first call for proposals with regards to the European Solidarity Corps are also available:

- Press Release: Click here.

- Memo including FAQ's: Click here.

- Short news article: Click here.

Interested in ESC? Make sure you read the Guide for more information.

About EUPA

The European Union Programs Agency (EUPA) is an agency that supports Maltese individuals and entities in availing themselves of funding under the various educational programs provided by the European Commission. As of 2014 EUPA is coordinating the implementation of the funding program Erasmus+ and of 2017, EUPA will also be coordinating the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). For further information please visit the EUPA website by clicking on the logo below.

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