CSV in European volunteering call

Volunteering charity CSV is to pressure UK MPs to back plans for a European year of volunteering in 2011.

The organisation believes that having a recognised year would promote volunteering as a way of building European identity, encourage more Europeans to volunteer and allow countries to exchange information on volunteering policies.

Forty-eight of the UK's 78 MEPs have signed up to support the plan in the European Parliament, bringing the total number of signatures to 450. Only two other declarations in the past four years have received this level of support.

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, director of CSV and president of European network Volonteurope, said: "The EU cannot afford not to care about its active citizens."

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