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On 29th October 2015, the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU hosted a ceremony during which the official certificates of candidacy for the “European Capital of Volunteering 2016 and 2017” were handed over to the candidate Italian municipalities.

CEV launched the third and fourth editions of the European Volunteering Capital competitions and called for applications from municipalities of any size that support the implementation of PAVE (The Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe).

The European Volunteering Capital Competition aims to promote volunteering at the local level by giving recognition to municipalities that support and strengthen partnerships with volunteer centres and volunteer involving organisations and celebrate and promote volunteering and the impact made by volunteers.

The awarded municipalities are chosen from the candidates by an international jury of key personalities connected with volunteering, representing civil society, the private and for-profit sector, as well as the EU institutions.
The judging criteria are the recommendations in the PAVE.

The two winning municipalities will be announced on the 5 December 2015, the International Volunteer Day.

The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) is the network of over 80 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. CEV has, for 20 years, promoted and supported volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building & training.
In this way CEV reaches out to the many thousands of volunteers and volunteer organizations who look to volunteer centres a source of support and in particular bringing the European dimension to their work.