Youth civic service in Europe

Despite public declaration of intentions to develop international volunteer exchange programmes especially within Europe, the different frameworks for civic voluntary service present many pratical and administrative obstacles to their realisation. This study identifies these obstacles and shows how sharing existing good pratice could significantly increase the number of international voluntary cuvuc service opportunities for young people in Europe. The study looks at the legal, financial and administrative frameworks for youth voluntary and civic service in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the Czech repubblic. The development of programmes and policies at European level is also explorer, especially, the special status of the european Voluntary Service programme (EVS of the European Union  in these countries and its impact on their national youth civic seervice policies. Contributors: V. Becquet, P. Consorti, L. Palazzini, W. Schur, J. Stringham