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EU Aid Volunteers
This European Union (EU) regulation sets up the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as a tangible expression of the EU’s humanitarian values, strengthening the EU’s capacity to provide needs-based humanitarian aid and support the resilience of vulnerable communities.
Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (‘EU Aid Volunteers initiative’)
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative is designed to empower Europeans from different backgrounds to jointly demonstrate solidarity with the victims of disasters (natural disasters or provoked by human activity outside the EU). By means of disaster preparedness, reducing disaster risk and reinforcing the links between relief, rehabilitation and development, the initiative seeks to increase the EU’s capability worldwide to:
EU citizens aged 18 or older are eligible to participate in the initiative. Citizens from a range of associated states, including candidate countries and partner countries of the EU Neighbourhood policy, may also participate. The participation is based on bilateral agreements between the EU and these non-EU countries, which also financially contribute to the initiative.
Training and deployment of volunteers
The initiative provides training and organises placements for volunteers with humanitarian organisations, based on the needs of beneficiary countries.
The training programmes prepare EU Aid Volunteers before their deployment and help them acquire specific skills and competences as laid down in the Competence Framework.
These competencies include for example:
It is planned that the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers will begin in early 2016. Volunteers will not be deployed to operations conducted in the context of armed conflicts.
Before starting, volunteers must sign a deployment contract with the sending organisation. This contract includes standards such as the specification of the volunteers' role, performance management, working conditions, expected conduct, and learning capabilities.
Volunteer sending and hosting organisations
Sending and hosting organisations must demonstrate in a self-assessment that they have a policy or practice in place, to fulfil the necessary requirements regarding candidate volunteers and EU Aid Volunteers that cover all standards and procedures as laid down in the legislation. The self-assessment will be reviewed by the Commission as part of the certification mechanism. Only certified organisations can participate in the initiative.
A complement to national and international volunteering initiatives
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative seeks to avoid duplication and to complement other EU initiatives and actions, as well as national and international projects.
As an alternative to volunteering abroad, volunteers may participate in the initiative by online volunteering from home.
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative has a budget of €147.9 million for the 2014-20 period. This funding is to be used for the selection, training and deployment of the volunteers, capacity building in host organisations in beneficiary countries and support measures.
Entry into force
Deadline for transposition in the Member States
Regulation (EU) No 375/2014
Successive amendments and changes to Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1244/2014 of 20 November 2014 laying down rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (‘EU Aid Volunteers initiative’) (OJ L 334, 21.11.2014, pp. 52-83)
last update 17.09.2015