On 5 December 2021, on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day 2021, CEV announced, during the closing ceremony of the EVCapital Berlin 2021, Trondheim Kommune (Norway) as the European Volunteering Capital 2023. The EVCapital winner announcement shows the local implementation of SDGs through volunteering. Volunteering can help engage people in national planning and implementation for the SDG’s, and work together for a common goal. During the ceremony, the EVCapital Berlin 2021 handed over the role to Gdansk as EVCapital 2022. The European Volunteering Capital Competition aims to promote volunteering at the local level by sharing best practices and recognising municipalities that support and strengthen partnerships with volunteer centres and volunteer-involving organisations in their communities.
Additionally, CEV is coordinating the Single-Use Plastic Awareness – Stop All Plastic Straws (SUPA-SAPS) and the Waterways Heritage Action Together (ESC WHAT!) European Solidarity Corps Teams projects. In 2022, these projects plan to bring together 160 young people from Barcelona, Berlin, Padova, Strovolos, Cork, Augsburg, Stirling, Lisbon and Kosice (members of the European Volunteering Capital Candidates #EVCC) in 10 different activities in the ten countries involved. These volunteers will be a valuable asset to achieve SDG 12, 13, 14 to protect the environment, combat climate change, and promote cultural heritage.