Smith Welcomes EU Recognition of Volunteering

28 September 2011

Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, and member of the Parliament's Education and Culture Committee has welcomed the first ever EU Commission document on volunteering, signalling a great step forward in putting volunteers and volunteering on the EU policy map.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Alyn said:

"This important document - the first of its kind - outlines a range of measures that will help foster voluntary activities in the EU, including the creation of a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps and the development of a 'European Skills Passport'. It is also a key development in the European Year of Volunteering 2011, which represents a unique occasion for volunteers and volunteer organisations across Europe to receive the recognition and support needed to maximise the value added to communities and individuals.

"The document acknowledges the added value of volunteering to our societies. It reflects aspirations of the European volunteering sector for a lasting Legacy for the EYV2011 and is bound to ensure the commitment of the European Commission to put Volunteering on the political agenda."