REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Annual Report on the Implementation of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative in 2018
1. This is the mandatory annual report of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative (EUAVI, or the Initiative), setting out activities and achievements for 2018. EUAVI aims to provide needs-based humanitarian aid and to strengthen resilience of vulnerable or disaster-affected communities in non-EU countries. The programme started in 2014 and will run until 2020.
2. This has been the fourth fully operational year for the EUAVI. The report highlights that progress has improved over the last year with the total number of volunteers deployed to non-EU countries by the end of 2018 reaching about 400, and with at least 368 expected to deploy in 2019. The ongoing certification process resulted in a total of 208 certified organisations in 2018 and a high number of these applied for re-certification for another three years.
3. The training programme for volunteers continued to have high satisfaction rates among volunteers and further training sessions are planned for 2019 in English, French and Spanish.
4. In the context of the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, on 11 June 2018 the Commission published a legislative proposal, which would integrate EUAVI into the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) as of 2021. The current Council and European Parliament versions of the legislation also support this absorption of the programme into ESC. It is, therefore, highly likely that the final version of the legislation will reflect this proposed change.