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2. Voluntary Activities

2.8 Current debates and reforms

The analysis of the situation of volunteering in Spain (La Acción Voluntaria 2018) is the most updated document on the current situation of volunteering in Spain and its possible debates and reforms.

The volunteer work at a political level, in the XII Legislature (2016-5th march 2019) of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, entailed the development of four Propositions Not of Law aimed to promote volunteering and to further develop the Law 45/2015 on volunteering. The parliamentary groups involved in the mentioned initiatives were: The Mixed Parliamentary Group through the deputies of the Union of the Navarrese People (Unión del Pueblo Navarro), the Socialist Parliamentary Group (PSOE) and the Popular Party (PP) Parliamentary Group.

The last Proposition Not of Law (Proposición no de Ley por la que se insta al Gobierno a desarrollar la Ley 45/2015, de 14 de octubre, de Voluntariado. (161/003159), from the PP Parliamentary Group in the Congress focuses in the growing importance of the volunteering movement, the sixth of Europe in participation. The significance of this movements makes necessary to develop the regulation of execution of the Law 45/2015, the development of the Statute of collaborating entities of the General State Administration and the program of impulse and inventory of entities of the Third Sector of Social Action.

In a similar tone one of the members of the Congress, from the Mixed Parliamentary Group a member of the Democratic Party (Partit Demòcrata), used the written questions mechanism to enquire the Government about the development of the aforementioned law. Finally, a petition for appearance to the Commission of Health and Social Services, from the PP Parliamentary Group, was made to request a representative from the Volunteering Platform to present proposals in the field of the Third Social and Volunteering Sector of Spain.

Other parliamentary activities regarding European programs of volunteering include a written question to the Government, from a member of the Mixed Parliamentary Group from the Democratic Party, about the measures taken by the government to benefit the youth in the start up of the European Solidarity Corps.