Deadline: 17 March 2017
European Commission is seeking proposals for the program entitled “European Solidarity Corps – occupational strand” with an aim to offer remunerated work opportunities in line with the values of the European Solidarity Corps to young nationals within the age bracket 18 – 30 in EU countries other than their country of residence.
The European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” 2014-20202 is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, by providing financial support for the Union’s objectives in terms of promoting a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
The occupational strand of the European Solidarity Corps aims at providing young people with the opportunity of a job, traineeship or apprenticeship in sectors that are engaged in solidarity activities and have a demand for highly motivated and socially minded young people.
The overall objective is to test and apply selection and matching processes to secure cross border placements of such young people.
- To establish one large-scale consortium which is able to collect and offer occupational opportunities to European Solidarity Corps participants in a broad range of solidarity activities throughout the Union;
- To implement the activities necessary for matching to and placing European Solidarity Corps participants in such opportunities in an EU country other than their country of residence and to help the participants and the employers concerned address the related mobility obstacles.
- To report on targets and results achieved and identify recommendations, where appropriate, in the interest of the development of the European Solidarity Corps.
- The total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 8.243.895.
- The Commission plans to increase the budget for this call up to EUR 14,243.895.
- Place of establishment: Legal entities properly established and registered in the following countries are eligible as lead applicants and co-applicants:
- EU Member States
- Consortia: To be eligible, applications must:
- be presented by a consortium composed of a minimum of five organisations established in at least five different Member States;
- include in the consortium at least two Public Employment Services at central level with responsibility in the area of cross border matching and placement in the EU territory, being either the National Coordination Office or the PES appointed as a Member of the EURES network in accordance with Article 10 of the EURES Regulation
- Other members of the consortium could include other member organisations in the EURES network (Members and Partners according to the EURES Regulation), Private Employment Services, humanitarian NGO’s, employers’ organisations, public bodies, third sector organisations with a social mission and international organisations such as the Red Cross (in derogation from section 7.1a) above international organisations whose registered office is outside the EU Member States are also eligible).
- Affiliated entities: Legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation and which satisfy the eligibility criteria, may take part in the action as affiliated entities, and may declare eligible costs.
- Associate organisations: In addition, depending on the scope of the action, other organisations – associate organisations (i.e. organisations which are not applicants, co-applicants or affiliated entities) can participate where their contribution may be necessary to the accomplishment of the objectives of the call. Associate organisations can be involved in the action at different levels but their costs will not be eligible. The nature and scope of the activities under their responsibility must be specified in the application.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.
Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
For more information, please visit European Solidarity Corps.