EYCA and European Commission renew agreement to provide free European Youth Cards to all young people of the European Voluntary Service

All young people who join the European Voluntary Service in 2017 and 2018 will receive a free European Youth Card to help them make the most of their mobility experience.

EYCA and the European Commission have been collaborating on the EVS European Youth Card project since 1999, issuing free youth cards to around 100 000 volunteers in the past 18 years. The new agreement estimates an increase in the number of volunteers in 2017 and 2018, continuing the rising trend of previous years.

Signed in December 2016, the new agreement includes the launch of a dedicated EVS European Youth Card app in mid 2017. Volunteers will be able to choose between a plastic card and a digital one, available through the new app. The app will also allow volunteers to see discounts near their location in their destination country, at home and when travelling.

Manel Sanchez, EYCA Director, welcomed the new agreement stating: “The EVS European Youth Card is one of the most important projects for EYCA and we are delighted to continue our collaboration with the European Commission for the next two years. The project speaks to our values and our conviction that cross-border mobility and volunteering can have a positive impact on the lives of young people and the communities they are working for. We are very proud to be part of the EVS adventure of thousands of young people.”