2. Voluntary activities
This chapter provides an overview on structures and activities with regard to youth volunteering in Luxembourg. Youth volunteering is an important field of youth policy in Luxembourg, as voluntary activities are undertaken by a high number of Luxembourgish young people. The legal basis of youth volunteering in general was introduced by the 1999 Law on Voluntary Service and the legal basis of the Youth Voluntary Service by the 2007 Law on Youth Voluntary Service. These laws regulate volunteering on both the national and international levels. The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth is the main public authority in the field of policy on voluntary activities of young people. Anefore (the national agency in charge of the European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth) is responsible for the formal implementation of the Erasmus+ programme and the European Solidarity Corps; the National Youth Service is in charge of the practical implementation of the European Solidarity Corps and other volunteering programmes (e.g. National Voluntary Service) (2.2 Administration and governance of youth volunteering). The recognition of acquired skills has been an important point of discussion in Luxembourg over the last years. Mechanisms of skills recognition have been introduced in the meantime (2.7 Skills recognition).