A European Ticket to Ride for Young People

A European Ticket to Ride for Young People

Young people have been given the right to roam across Europe free of charge this summer thanks to a new travel scheme.

Young people have been given the right to roam across Europe free of charge this summer thanks to a new travel scheme.

The DiscoverEU initiative, which closed on June 26, was opened to 15,000 EU citizens aged 18 or over on July this year in an attempt to highlight Europe’s culture and diversity.

They will be allowed free travel for up to 30 days and to a maximum of four European countries between now and the end of October individually or in groups of up to five. They will mainly use Interrail, but in exceptional circumstances, bus, ferry and plane travel may also be allowed free of charge.

All EU states have been allocated free passes and organisers hope that young people, particularly from more remote parts of the community, will take advantage of the offer, which coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Commissioner Tibor Navracsics said the scheme could become a regular event, with more free ticket offers lined up for later this year and 2019.

Applicants had to provide details of their planned trips and complete a quiz on the Year of Cultural Heritage and the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

DiscoverEU has a 2018 budget of €12million and plans to launch a second round of applications with 5000 tickets up for grabs in the autumn. If approved by the European Parliament and European Council, a further EUR 700 million could be set aside between 2021 and 2027 to allow 1.5 million more 18-year-olds to enjoy free European travel.

All those travelling this summer will be asked to provide progress reports during and after their travels via social media or presentations to their school or college.

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