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The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative is an opportunity to promote cooperation among active European citizens, working together with communities in countries experiencing humanitarian crises. At the same time, the relationship between humanitarian action and active citizenship leads to partnerships between local, national and global organizations.

The Lisbon Treaty provides for the establishment of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative with the aim of «establishing a framework for the joint contributions of young Europeans to the humanitarian aid operations of the Union» (Art. 214.5 TUE). To establish this, the Commission opened a consultation period in 2010 to obtain an overview of the situation of volunteering.

Finally, in 2014, the Regulation establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (EU Aid Volunteers initiative) was adopted: Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 3rd, 2014.



Opportunities open to volunteers with various profiles and levels of experience (junior and senior) to contribute their experience and motivation in humanitarian contexts.
Possibility for active local volunteers to apply and gain experience in the international humanitarian context.
Online volunteering for those who want to contribute to global causes without leaving their homes.


Establish new partnerships with sending and hosting organizations and strengthen them.
Become organizations that build alliances and connect peoples, responding to and raising awareness of global challenges.
Organizations will be equipped with additional resources and funds to strengthen their capabilities.
Opportunities and funds for communication and awareness-raising activities that strengthen the role of active citizenship in tackling global challenges.
Professional support from trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disasters.
Compliance with required standards and EUAV certification can give access to other voluntary systems, such as the European Solidarity Corps, without having to go through a separate accreditation mechanism.
European Commission
The European Union is the world’s largest donor of humanitarian aid. Together, the Member States and the European institutions contribute more than half of the official world humanitarian aid.

The Humanitarian Office of the European Commission (ECHO) was created in 1992 as an expression of European solidarity with people in need around the world. In its 20 years of existence, it has provided 14 billion euros of humanitarian assistance to victims of conflicts and disasters in 140 countries around the world.

In 2004 ECHO became the General Directorate of Humanitarian Aid before integrating Civil Protection in 2010 for better coordination and response to disasters within and outside Europe.