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Thursday, 20 September 2012

EU Aid volunteers to assist in 2014-2020 humanitarian operations

The European Commission is to develop a global initiative that will create opportunities for some 10,000 people to  volunteer  in  worldwide humanitarian operations for the period 2014-2020. Accordingly,  Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response has stated that EU Aid Volunteers "will demonstrate our European solidarity by helping those most in need.”
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will provide a path for Europeans eager to help practically where help is most urgently needed. The number of natural and man-made disasters in the world has significantly increased over the last years and this trend is unfortunately likely to continue. Humanitarian organisations need more well-prepared people to support them helping communities struck by disasters.
The Commission proposes to develop European standards for managing volunteers in humanitarian projects, and a training programme to prepare volunteers for deployment. Only well-prepared volunteers will have the possibility to be deployed as 'EU Aid Volunteers' in humanitarian projects.
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will be implemented in close cooperation with humanitarian organisations that adhere to the standards and would need to be certified to become 'sending organisations'. These standards will notably include provisions for safety and security of the volunteers which is of paramount importance in humanitarian operations.

Source: European Commission

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