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EU Aid Volunteers

In September 2012 the European Commission set out its plans to develop the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, which will provide a path for Europeans eager to actively participate in humanitarian tasks. It will bring volunteers and organizations from different countries to work together in common projects. Conditions to become an EU Aid Volunteer include being over 18 years of age and being a citizen or a long-term resident in the EU and certain other European countries. Volunteers will be trained according to their profile and subsequently examined before being deployed. The proposal includes a budget of €239.1 million that will be used for an extensive training package (€58 million), deployment (€137 million), capacity building in communities hit by disasters (€35 million) and supporting activities. For more information: