EU: THE PARLIAMENT OF STRASBOURG ASKS FOR 2011 TO BE PROCLAIMED "YEAR OF VOLUNTARY WORK"

The European Parliament asks European Union institutions to proclaim 2011 "European Year of Voluntary Work", pointing out that the activities depending on it "represent an important sector in the democratic life of Europe". The position of the Assembly was made known in Strasbourg, during the works of the plenary assembly: the session presidency announced the Auditorium the formal adoption of a declaration inviting the European Commission to go on in that direction, "with the support of all European institutions". In the declaration, signed by the majority of MEPs, it is written that over one hundred million Europeans "of all ages, convictions and nationalities are busy in voluntary activities"; on the basis of some estimates, this sector represents five percent of the Gross Domestic Product of EU national economies. The text also recalls that the request to proclaim 2011 Year of Voluntary Work was also submitted by numerous organizations such as Caritas Europe, Scout World Movement, Red Cross, Volonteurope network, European Non-profit Organization for sport.

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