2009/0072(CNS)

European Year of Volunteering 2011

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2009/0072(CNS) European Year of Volunteering 2011
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Opinion BUDG MATERA Barbara (EPP)
Opinion BUDG
Lead CULT SCURRIA Marco (EPP)
Lead CULT
Opinion EMPL HARKIN Marian (ALDE)
Opinion LIBE
Opinion REGI DELLI Karima (Verts/ALE)
Opinion REGI
Lead committee dossier: CULT/7/00317
Legal Basis TFEU TFEU 352-p1sub2
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  • 2010/01/22 Final act published in Official Journal
  • 2009/11/27 Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
  • #2978
  • 2009/11/27 Council Meeting
  • 2009/11/27 End of procedure in Parliament
  • 2009/11/26 Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2009/11/26 Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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  • 2009/10/22 Committee draft report
  • 2009/07/14 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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    • COM(2009)0254 summary
    • SEC(2009)0725 summary
    • DG Education and Culture, FIGEĽ Ján

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Rapport SCURRIA A7-0077/2009 - RÉSOLUTION

2009/11/26
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For 551 61 40 12 14 8 220 156 40 0
Against 19 0 0 5 3 11 0 0 0 0
Abstain 10 0 1 5 3 0 0 1 0 0
AmendmentsDossier
158 2009/0072(CNS) European Year of Volunteering 2011
2009/10/14 REGI 11 amendments...
source: PE-430.326
2009/10/22 CULT, CULT 20 amendments...
source: PE-430.366
2009/10/29 REGI 20 amendments...
source: PE-430.444
2009/11/03 EMPL 24 amendments...
source: PE-430.438
2009/11/04 BUDG 6 amendments...
source: PE-430.546
2009/11/13 CULT 70 amendments...
source: PE-430.665
2009/12/11 BUDG 7 amendments...
source: PE-430.598

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    • The Committee on Culture and Education adopted the report drawn up by Marco SCURRIA (EPP, IT), approving unanimously, under the consultation procedure, the proposal for a Council decision on the European Year of Volunteering (2011).

      The main amendments are as follows:

      Designation of the Year: Members consider that, as it stands, the Commission's proposal does not sufficiently stress the need to highlight to the public the importance of volunteering for European society. In the same vein, they consider that it is vital to give greater emphasis to the objective of making volunteering activities more attractive to citizens. This is why they have amended the title of the Year so that it now becomes 'European Year of Voluntary Activities promoting active citizenship'.

      Legal base: MEPs stress the fact that volunteering is inextricably linked with the notion of citizenship. In their view, the Treaty establishes a Union citizenship that complements national citizenship of the Member States and which is a vital element for strengthening and safeguarding the European integration process. This is why they insist on the need to reconcile the proposal with the competences devolved to the Union by the Treaties. The report indicates that the Parliament's Legal Service stressed the need to better explain the choice of using Article 308 as the legal base, as is the case of this proposal.

      Objectives of the Year: Members have added important details to the Year's objectives. In addition to the exchange of experience and good practices, the Year should also support innovative approaches and create, in civil society, the conditions conducive to volunteering in the Union, as well as raising the profile of volunteering activities in the Union. Members stress, in particular, the fact that volunteering is an essential element in fosteringactive citizenship, nurturing civil society and strengthening solidarity.

      The other main objectives of the Year may be summarised as follows: i) highlight the vital concept of partnership, with a view to ongoing cooperation between administrations at all levels and volunteer organizations; ii) promote volunteering and volunteer organisations' access to adequate, sustainable funding; iii) encourage initiatives in urgent humanitarian and/or environmental situations; iv) provide for proper health and safety cover for volunteers in the form of accident and personal liability insurance during periods of voluntary work; v) facilitate the validation of experience acquired by volunteers and the recognition of equivalence for the purposes of training and job seeking; vi) encourage international and European solidarity by promoting peace, North-South cooperation and protection of the environment through volunteering; vii) promote good practices and their disseminations throughout the Union.

      According to MEPs, the Year should also be the occasion to encourage Member States to create legal certainty for volunteers as regards their legal status. They also insist that European volunteering should contribute to the harmonious development of European societies, promoting social inclusion, combating racism and contributing to intercultural and interreligious dialogue. This is the reason why they ask that volunteering activities should be open to asylum seekers.

      On the other hand, they stress that volunteering should be used neither as a means of meeting basic needs normally met by social services nor as a substitute for action by the public authorities.

      Actions to be undertaken: in addition to the amendments to the Year's objectives, a number of amendments were made to the actions to be undertaken. These include: i) the creation of efficient systems of cooperation and networking between volunteer organisations; ii) improved dialogue and raising of awareness of the importance and value of volunteering; iii) the creation of a European portal on volunteering; iv) the establishment of a European online database of the actors, organisations and stakeholders involved in a given volunteering area; v) the promotion of the use of volunteer time as matching funding for European projects. Members also underline the important role played by vocational training in voluntary activities. This has a vital role to play in the personal growth and well-being of individuals, bringing an added value to the society.

      Role of the national coordinating body: Members consider that each Member States should ensure that the national coordinating body properly involves a wide range of stakeholders at national, regional and local level, particularly when drafting the national work programme and national measure(s), for the entire duration of the European Year. The funds foreseen to fulfil the objectives of the Year shall be granted to civil society organisations involved directly with voluntary activities and work. In this regard, they insist that special attention must be paid in each national programme to the simplification of administrative procedures.

      Budget: MEPs consider that the budget for the Year is inadequate to attain its objectives. The amount proposed by the Commission was EUR 6 million. Instead, they call for a budget of EUR 10 million, stressing, however, that the change in the allocation should not undermine the funding of other programmes or activities in heading 3b of the current financial framework.

      Contributions in kind: co-funding of national actions may amount to a maximum of 80% of total costs, according to the Financial Regulation. However, Members propose that the possibility of in kind calculation should be given to beneficiary organisations in the Member States where the legislative framework allows in order to help them to obtain the grants.

      Cooperation with other organisations: in addition to cooperation with the international organisations concerned (United Nations, Council of Europe), MEPs also suggest that there should be cooperation with other international organisations so as to promote programmes for international volunteering aiming to encourage the exchange of best practices on volunteering in third countries.

      It should be noted that the annex to the proposal has also been amended in line with the amendments to the main body of the proposal. A series of measures was also added to clarify the activities that are eligible for co-funding in the Member States.

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    • PURPOSE:  to designate 2011 as the European Year of Voluntary activities.

      LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision 2010/37/EC on the European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship (2011).

      CONTENT: this Decision designates the year 2011 as the European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship. The overall purpose of the European Year is to encourage and support - notably through the exchange of experience and good practices - the efforts of the Community, the Member States, local and regional authorities to create the conditions for civil society conducive to volunteering in the EU and to increase the visibility of voluntary activities in the EU.

      The objectives of the European Year are as follows:

      1. work towards an enabling environment for volunteering in the EU in order to anchor volunteering as part of promoting civic participation and people-to-people activities in an EU context and address existing obstacles to voluntary activities, where appropriate and necessary;
      2. empower organisers of voluntary activities to improve the quality of voluntary activities in order to facilitate voluntary activities and help organisers to implement new types of voluntary activities and to encourage networking, mobility, cooperation and synergies within civil society and between civil society and other sectors in an EU context;
      3. recognise voluntary activities in order to encourage appropriate incentives for individuals, companies and volunteer-development organisations and gain recognition for volunteering at EU level and in the Member States by policymakers, civil society organisations, public institutions, the formal and non-formal education sector and employers for skills and competences developed through volunteering;
      4. raise awareness of the value and importance of volunteering in order to raise general awareness of the importance of volunteering as an expression of civic participation which contributes to issues which are of common concern of all Member States, such as a harmonious societal development and social cohesion.

      Actions and initiatives to which the Community may make financial contribution: the measures to be taken to achieve these objectives may include the following initiatives organised at Community, national, regional or local level linked to the objectives of the European Year: (a) exchange of experience and good practices; (b) undertaking of studies and research as well as dissemination of their results; (c) conferences and events to promote debate and raise awareness of the importance and value of voluntary activities stimulating the engagement of citizens and to celebrate the efforts of volunteers and their organisations; (d) concrete initiatives in the Member States aimed at promoting the objectives of the European Year (at least 25% of the total budget of the year will be used for this purpose; and (e) information and promotion campaigns to disseminate key messages. Details of the measures referred to in the first subparagraph are set out in the Annex. There are specific financial provisions applying to each of the actions:

      ·        for direct Community initiatives, (such as information and promotion campaigns and others described in Part A of the Annex), financing will generally take the form of direct purchase of goods and services under existing framework contracts. It may also take the form of grants;

      ·        for co-financing Community initiatives, (such as high-visibility events on a European scale that aim to raise awareness of the objectives of the European Year, possibly organised in cooperation with the Presidencies in office during 2011, as noted in Part B) there is possible a Community grant of up to 80% of the total eligible cost

      ·        for cofinancing national initiatives, where the grant application must describe the national coordinating body's work programme as specified in Part C , the Community grant can cover up to 80 % of the total eligible cost.

      At the insistence of the European Parliament, the text stresses the promotion of active citizenship which will provide the opportunity to demonstrate in a European context that voluntary activities increase civic participation and can help foster a sense of belonging and commitment of citizens to their society at all levels - local, regional, national and European.

      Cooperation with Member States and implementation: each Member State shall designate a body responsible for organising its participation in the European Year. In carrying out its actions, in particular when drawing up the national programme, the national coordinating body shall closely consult and cooperate with a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations and where appropriate the national agencies or contact points of relevant Community programmes. The Decision sets out the rules on coordination with regard to meetings and work programmes. Member States, the European Parliament and other Community institutions will be associated in the activities.

      Budget and financing: the financial envelope for the implementation of this Decision for the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 shall be EUR 8 000 000. Annual appropriations shall be authorised by the budgetary authority within the limits of the financial framework.

      The Decision contains further provisions on cooperating with relevant international organisations, in particular with the United Nations and the Council of Europe, while ensuring the visibility of the EU's participation. There are also provisions on complementarity with other Community, national and regional schemes and initiatives, as well as protection of the Community's financial interests.

      Monitoring and evaluation: by 31 December 2012, the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, and other Community institutions on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the initiatives provided for in the Decision.

      ENTRY INTO FORCE: 23.01.2010.

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