The European Commission will deliver 60,000 train or bus tickets to young people starting Tuesday, which will allow them to travel free by train in Europe for up to one month.
The measure is similar to the initiative of the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, of subsidize the trips of graduated students who cannot afford them, a topic that has been talked about a lot these days. Although there are marked differences and conditions.
During the coronavirus pandemic, young people “showed true solidarity and valuable and formative moments of their youth were lost.”said the Vice-President of the Commission, Margaritis Schinas, cited by German wave. The purpose of the initiative, he said, is “to rekindle mobility in Europe.”
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The application process opened on Tuesday, October 12 and will remain open until October 26. Applicants must be between 18 and 20 years old and have the nationality of a member state of the European Union, but it is also last open to the British. They must also answer a questionnaire with questions about the European Union.
Winners will be able to travel to all EU countries for free on trains, buses and ferries, for a maximum of 30 days between March 2022 and February 2023.
This initiative is not new. The scheme is generally only open to 18-year-olds, but this time, 19 and 20-year-olds will be able to apply because the last two rounds were suspended amid the pandemic..
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Why does the EU distribute free tickets?
The initiative, dubbed “DiscoverEU”, began as a preparatory action initiated by the European Parliament between 2018 and 2020. The plan was to provide travel and mobility opportunities to young people who turn 18, the age of legal adulthood. The action specifically targets 18-year-olds, “as this age generally marks an important step towards adulthood and European citizenship,” the Commission states online.
In the first round of 2018 and 2019, 350,000 young Europeans applied for 70,000 travel passes, according to the Commission. About 66% of the participants said they were traveling abroad by train for the first time. Additionally, two-thirds of those surveyed said they could not have financed the trip themselves.
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