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Thirty countries discuss the future of European Voluntary Service in Tallinn

3. July 2017 - 8:17

Delegations from 30 countries meet in Tallinn today to discuss European Voluntary Service (EVS) and its future at three-day international conference “EVS future search – enhanced perspectives for transnational volunteering for youth”.

The Minister of Education and Research, Mrs Mailis Reps noted that youth volunteering is one of the cornerstones of the European youth field. “I am glad that the European Voluntary Service has been widening youth opportunities for 20 years already. The Conference offers a good chance to discuss how young people would have even more opportunities to contribute to society through volunteering in the future,” said Mrs Reps.

Deputy Director for The Estonian National Agency for Erasmus+, Mrs Reet Kost, said: „European Voluntary Service has provided a unique international opportunity for youth in European Union and beyond. More than ever we need to ask ourselves what has been the true essence of EVS so far, how can we expand and strengthen the impact and recognition of volunteering, and what do we dream possible for the future? The participation of 30 delegations in Tallinn is a clear witness to the importance of those issues.”  

The participants will talk about the future of the European Voluntary Service and the effects of the European Solidarity Corps initiative. Discussions focus on the question how to keep EVS sustainable and evolving while also increase its potential as a strong promoter of European values and involvement of less privileged youth.

The conference brings together more than 150 participants from thirty countries – the European Union member states as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Morocco, Armenia and Russia.

The Conference is held in association with the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU and is organised by the Estonian National Agency for Erasmus+ in close cooperation with the Austrian, French and German National Agencies of Erasmus+ in the field of Youth.

For more information see the conference website.

Further information about the European Voluntary Service is available here.

Priit Pruul
Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency
Tel: +372 697 9222

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