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.
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.
Support needed for volunteer organisations and individual volunteering initiatives
EKES stwierdza, że aby propagować wolontariat, UE powinna ogłosić 2025 r. Europejskim Rokiem Wolontariuszy, nawiązać kontakt ze starszymi wolontariuszami i zebrać dane na temat wolontariatu, który ma cenną wartość dla przyszłości Europy.
Volunteers do not just deliver services that benefit communities, they also play an essential role in promoting European values and creating a better future for the EU
Aby przeanalizować i potwierdzić wkład wolontariuszy w życie społeczne, Grupa Organizacji Społeczeństwa Obywatelskiego Europejskiego Komitetu Ekonomiczno-Społecznego zorganizuje 7 lipca 2022 r. w Gdańsku konferencję pt. „Wolontariusze – obywatele budujący przyszłość Europy”. Wydarzenie stanowi część trzydniowej misji do Gdańska, który jest w tym roku Europejską Stolicą Wolontariatu.
While Europe and its societies are still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the Conference on the Future of Europe in its closing stages, the EESC will be holding its annual Civil Society Days in March 2022.
In the context of the own-initiative opinion on Volunteers – Citizens building the future of Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a remote public hearing on Monday 20 September 2021. The aim of the hearing is to gather the points of view of social partners and other civil society organisations, experts and coordinators of projects related to volunteering, on the topic, and to hold a discussion on the impact of civil society trends for volunteering and the current state of play of volunteering at European level.