CSVnet organised the Italian launching conference of EYV 2011CEV member organisation CSVnet was among the organisers of the Italian launching conference of the European Year of Volunteering 2011, held in Venice on 31st March – 1st April 2011. On the first conference day, 5 working groups discussed different issues related to volunteering, namely: subsidiarity, EU 2020, support policies, active citizenship, and youth and participation. The working groups were composed of representatives from various stakeholders including the volunteering and third sectors, public institutions, private companies, research centres and foundations. Participants, from Italy and other European countries, exchanged their opinions with the view to ultimately formulating concrete proposals regarding the position of volunteering in the mentioned topics. The second conference day was open to the broader public and provided an overview of volunteering in different European countries, with representatives from Scotland, Germany, Slovenia and Portugal presenting their organisations and the reality of volunteering in their countries. At the end of the day the final statements of the working groups were presented. During the conference, an appeal for solidarity, tolerance and hospitality was also addressed to the European Union, the Italian Government and the Italian society, in relation to the social emergency due to the arrival of thousands of immigrants on the island of Lampedusa. Finally, the Italian Minister for Labour and Social Affairs closed the Conference with a speech tackling some hot topics currently under discussion between the Ministry and volunteering sector. For more information, you can visit the dedicated Italian civil society website on the EYV 2011, which contains the material related to the Conference.