Smith Supports Moves For EU Humanitarian Aid Corps

07 September 2011
Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, has added his support to the establishment of a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps, an initiative which would see European citizens enrol to be called upon in times of crises across the world.

Smith said:

“Scotland has a real culture of compassionate volunteering and the establishment of an EU Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps would allow Scots to volunteer overseas when their help is really needed.

“The European Commission is one of the world’s most important providers of humanitarian aid and this is a significant step in enabling EU citizens to engage with the valuable work they already carry out. There's a pilot project already underway with the European Commission working with three of its main partner organisations in Humanitarian Aid.

"Save the Children UK, Red Cross France and Voluntary Services Overseas UK (SCVO) will recruit, select, train and deploy the first European Humanitarian Volunteers and they've developed their own processes to select and deploy volunteers according to their projects and approaches.

“I hope the pilot project is successful, and leads to the establishment of a permanent scheme."