The European Economic and Social Committee put a spotlight on the importance of measuring volunteering at a major conference it convened in Warsaw on Friday 30 September 2011 in collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, and the European Commission.
The conference was opened by the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, and featured a keynote address on the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work given by Dr. Lester Salamon, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. Also present were László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission along with Jolanta Fedak, Polish Minister for Labour and Social Policy, Irena Wóycicka, Undersecretary of State, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, members of the European Economic and Social Committee, and over 200 civil society leaders from across Poland and the European Partnership countries.
In his presentation, Dr. Salamon highlighted the reasons for the current lack of data on volunteering in Europe, explained the advantages of gathering cross-nationally comparable data, and familiarized participants with the approach taken by the recently released ILO Manual to measure volunteering. Dr. Salamon concluded his presentation by reminding participants that while a number of European countries, such as Poland, Norway, and Hungary, have taken steps to implement the ILO Manual, statistical agencies in other countries must still make decisions on this. He therefore urged those present not to lose the opportunity presented by the release of this Manual during Europe’s Year of Volunteering to bring it the attention of statistical authorities in their own countries, to encourage these authorities to adopt and implement it, to monitor the implementation process, and to help disseminate the resulting information to assure that it is used widely.
cross-posted from evmp.eu