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1 European Commission The European Year of Volunteering 2011 John Macdonald Head of EYV 2011 Task Force European Commission DG COMM – C.2

2 European Commission The European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship (2011) Council Decision of 27 November

3 European Commission Why is volunteering important? 3

4 European Commission Intercultural Dialogue Inter- religious Dialogue Integration of migrants Active citizenship Environmental protection Learning opportunities Improves employability Active ageing Solidarity Builds up European identity Social inclusion Promotes human rights 4

5 European Commission Intercultural Dialogue Inter- religious Dialogue Integration of migrants Active citizenship Environmental protection Learning opportunities Improves employability Solidarity Builds up European identity Social inclusion Promotes human rights Active ageing 5

6 European Commission Active ageing 6 Promotes inter- generational solidarity Promotes self- worth, active citizenship

7 European Commission Volunteering is important! Imagine a world without volunteers… 7

8 European Commission Key facts 8

9 European Commission 94 million people 23% of Europeans > 15 years old 9

10 European Commission Objectives of EYV Create an enabling environment for volunteering 2.Empower volunteer organisations 3.Recognise volunteering activities 4.Raise awareness about value & importance of volunteering 10

11 European Commission Commissions Budget for the Year 3 million for Preparatory Actions in million for Preparatory Actions in million for the Year itself 8 million for the Year itself + other sources… + other sources…

12 European Commission There are many, many interested parties! 12

13 European Commission European Parliament Council of Europe Committee of the Regions European Economic & Social Committee United Nations Non-EU Countries Non-Alliance volunteering organizations etc… EYV 2011 The Commission The National Coordination Bodies The Alliance

14 European Commission The challenge: to coordinate these many, diverse initiatives 14

15 European Commission Our response: an Action Plan 15

16 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 16

17 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 17

18 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 1. Cooperation with Member States 18

19 European Commission 1. Cooperation with Member States Flagship Projects (1 or 2 per Member State) National Coordination Bodies Responsible for preparing and implementing activities for the Year in their country Contact details for the NCBs are here: citizenship/doc1069_en.htm 19

20 European Commission Call for Proposals for flagship projects Published on 1 October 2010 Details:http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/news/news1092_en.htm EUR 2m available = 1 or 2 projects per Member state Commission co-funding = 60% Deadline = 12 November

21 European Commission Our Call is for you… …if your project satisfies these conditions: A partnership of at least four partners, with at least one organisation from each of these two categories: A partnership of at least four partners, with at least one organisation from each of these two categories: 1.non governmental civil society organisations 2.public sector organisations, …and if you are going to develop and encourage new and innovative schemes and approaches… develop and encourage new and innovative schemes and approaches… …with long-lasting effects …with long-lasting effects

22 European Commission How will the money be divided up among the Member States? The budget available for each Member State takes account of the population of the country concerned. Three levels have been set: The budget available for each Member State takes account of the population of the country concerned. Three levels have been set: Between EUR 108,000 and EUR 120,000 for: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom; Between EUR 108,000 and EUR 120,000 for: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom; Between EUR 48,000 and EUR 60,000 for: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden; Between EUR 48,000 and EUR 60,000 for: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden; Between EUR 24,000 and EUR 30,000 for: Luxembourg and Malta. Between EUR 24,000 and EUR 30,000 for: Luxembourg and Malta.

23 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 23

24 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 24

25 European Commission 2. Cooperation with Civil Society A key partner for us is The Alliance the voice of the volunteering sector 25

26 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 26

27 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 27

28 European Commission 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission Eurostat DG EAC DG MARKT DG EMPLDG ENTR DG REGIO DG SANCO etc… 28

29 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 29

30 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 30

31 European Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation United Nations 31 IYV European Parliament Committee of the Regions Economic & Social Committee Council of Europe

32 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 5. Communication Activities 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 32

33 European Commission Action Plan for EYV Cooperation with Member States 2. Cooperation with Civil Society 3. Inter-service Cooperation inside the Commission 4. Inter- institutional & International Cooperation 5. Communication Activities 33

34 European Commission 5. Communication Activities Logo & Slogan Communication toolbox Thematic conferences EYV Relay of journalists Opening & closing events Goodwill Ambassadors Website EYV Tour 34

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36 European Commission When will the Tour be in your country? (part 1 of 2)

37 European Commission When will the Tour be in your country? (part 2 of 2)

38 European Commission The EYV Tour has two problems: 1.The EYV Tour will visit one city; and 2.Its only there for one or two weeks. The challenge is therefore: What about the rest of the country, during the rest of the Year? 38

39 European Commission What can local authorities do? Think of ways to put spotlight on the work of volunteers in your area: Think of ways to put spotlight on the work of volunteers in your area: Declare a local Volunteering Week? Declare a local Volunteering Week? Offer your premises (Town Hall, etc) to showcase the work of local volunteers Offer your premises (Town Hall, etc) to showcase the work of local volunteers Contact local companies (Chamber of Commerce) re. employee volunteering Contact local companies (Chamber of Commerce) re. employee volunteering etc… etc…

40 European Commission Wow! A series of thematically- linked European Years! 2010: EY against Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010: EY against Poverty and Social Exclusion 2011: EY of Volunteering 2011: EY of Volunteering 2012: EY of Active Ageing (to be confirmed) 2012: EY of Active Ageing (to be confirmed) 2013: EY of the Citizen (also to be confirmed) 2013: EY of the Citizen (also to be confirmed) Volunteers are important in all these areas!

41 European Commission Thinking of joining in? Contact your countrys National Coordination Body Contact your countrys National Coordination Body Addresses here: citizenship/doc1069_en.htm Contact the Alliance Contact the Alliance Think how you can showcase volunteering: Organise a live demonstration or exhibition of volunteering? Think how you can showcase volunteering: Organise a live demonstration or exhibition of volunteering?

42 European Commission More Information Our (interim) web page: Our (interim) web page: focus/focus840_en.htm focus/focus840_en.htm (in November) (in November) EYV Task Force team members: EYV Task Force team members: 42

43 Volunteer! Make a difference


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