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.