This post was added to the Center’s blog on 29 June 2015 as part of a wind-down of the standalone European Volunteer Measurement website.
Together with a delegation from the Social Platform, CEV Director Gabriella Civico, met Vice-President Olli Rehn, European Commissioner of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro on 5 June 2012. The topics of discussion were the inclusion of social objectives in European economic governance, the sustainability of public financing for social services, and the use of civil dialogue to improve the democratic process at EU level.
The CEV Director brought attention to the fact that volunteering is already recognized at the EU level as being relevant for achieving EU strategic objectives and to act as catalyst for European values and she stressed the important role that European policy and decision-making can play in protecting and supporting volunteering.
Referring to recommendations formulated by Civil Society in the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E.), Commissioner Rehn was asked to take the opportunity to use volunteer time as co-funding for EU programmes mandatory and to introduce a mandatory EU volunteer measurement programme using the National Labour Force Surveys according to the model proposed in the ILO Manual for the Measurement of Volunteer Work. According to Director Civico “this will ensure a cost effective and proper monitoring of the impact on volunteering of the austerity measures and provide a means for the EU to be able to measure whether the recommendations concerning fiscal and economic governance do not have a negative effect on social objectives that can be met through volunteering. Equally, that there is no negative effect on the potential of volunteering to decrease the democratic deficit.”
The policy recommendations made to Commissioner Rehn in the 5 June meeting are further backed by text of the European Parliament Report adopted on 12 June 2012, that calls on EU Member States “to promote the use of volunteer time as matching funding for European projects,” noting that countries can obtain “robust comparable data” by implementing the ILO Manual.
originally posted on 15 June 2012 at evmp.eu