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Adopted on 10/12/2013
Reference: 
ECO/343-EESC-2013-1979
Plenary session: 
494 -
Dec 10, 2013 Dec 11, 2013

Comparable data on volunteering in the individual EU Member States has never been available. Such activities, however, represent real economic value and this data could provide a very useful tool for facilitating implementation of many social and economic policies. Therefore the Committee calls on the European Commission to work on a standardised methodology for research into volunteer work and to ensure its adoption by the Member States via an appropriate EU Regulation. In so doing, use should be made of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work. The Commission should also introduce binding legal measures to enable the non-profit sector to co-finance public grants with the economic value of volunteer work.

Statistical tools for measuring volunteering

Adopted on 17/10/2013
Reference: 
REX/388-EESC-2013-4394
Plenary session: 
493 -
Oct 16, 2013 Oct 17, 2013

The EESC endorses views expressed in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid regarding the objectives and assets of humanitarian action and expresses its conviction that humanitarian aid includes protecting people affected by humanitarian crises, maintaining their dignity and respecting their rights. The Committee stresses the genuine nature of voluntary action which should not be confused with other types of action involving work Volunteer involvement must always be needs-based, following an analysis and assessment of the situation and the needs of populations affected by disasters or complex crises.

11/12/2013
Reference number: 
78/2013

In a bid to secure better public authority recognition for the economic value of volunteering, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has pushed for a regulation to harmonise measurement of this activity in EU countries.

12/06/2013

The aim of the hearing is to bring together experts, civil society representatives and decision-makers from national and European institutions, think tanks and volunteering organisations, who will present their views on the availability and need for such statistical data. Based on the findings of the hearing, the EESC will draw up an own-initiative opinion on the same topic, to be presented later in the course of 2013.

23/05/2011
Elise Drouet (World Organisation of Scout Movement)
Organisation: 

Presentation by Elise DROUET (World Organisation of Scout Movement) during the EESC hearing on Volunteering infrastructure and quality of volunteering (23.02.2011)

23/05/2011
Jutta König Georgiades (European Commission)
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Presentation by Jutta König Georgiades (European Commission) during the EESC hearing on Volunteering infrastructure and quality of volunteering (23.02.2011)

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