FAQ

Everything that’s beneficial to civil society should be able to be make a ECS in! This includes healthcare, education, youth work and much more – no fix borders should be set!

We believe that the timeframe after the completion of secondary education is the best for young people to go into such a civilian service and discover the world. We could imagine that it could e.g. substitute one year of secondary education, too.

Ideally yes. A implementation which we could imagine to work would be either free application, or that young people could give their preference for a field in which they would like to work in advance. Then, they are proposed five to ten placements across Europe, where their placement is guaranteed. If they do not apply on their own to one of these placements, they are assigned one directly.

Yes, of course it must be taken into consideration that not everyone may be in the physical or mental capability to take this on. The ECS must carry projects which can be executed by everyone, or exceptions must be possible in special cases, that goes without saying!

We’d suggest to establish the ECS as an alternative to conscription. In the most optimal case, a conscription in the European army of course. 😏

Support and complaint procedures must be implemented in such a programme. If people don’t get along with their supervisors or environment, the opportunity must be given to switch to another placement once.

Yes, it is – the same as school, conscription, and paying taxes are. The ECS would be obligatory – however, the benefit gained by it for individuals and for society as a whole makes it worth it to make it mandatory on a European level. By the way: Conscription still exists in seven member states of the European Union – young people there would be given a great alternative with the ECS.

Partly through a common budget of the European Union, partly through contributions by the local host institution, and possibly the regions.

Because young people will stay in the pressure lane of their career and life planning within their internship. During an internship, they’re continuously assessed and remain in their societal context. A civilian service opens new horizons and perspectives on the society.