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Civic service : looking back and looking ahead
Type of text : Opinion and report
Type of referral : Own initiative
Working group : Delegation for Long-Range Planning and Evaluation of Public Policies
Student Bodies and Youth Movements Group
Date adopted : 24/05/2017 | Period : 2015-2020
Introduced as a component of universal national service by the Act of 10 March 2010, the Civic Service is intended to strengthen national cohesion and social diversity. It gives all volunteers between the ages of 16 and 25 - and up to 30 for young disabled people - the opportunity to serve the values of the Republic and get involved in a community project by carrying out a six- to twelve-month public interest mission with an accredited legal entity.
Volunteers receive a State allowance of €472.97 per month and an additional €107.58 paid by the host organisation.
The scheme is run by the Civic Service Agency (ASC), whose budget has been increased in recent years: from €301m in 2016, when some 100,000 youngsters enrolled in a mission, to €390m in 2017 for an annual target of 150,000 young people.
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