Young Britons born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2003 are eligible to apply for a free rail travel permit granted by the European Commission as part of the latter’s DiscoverEU initiative.
This is the last time Britons between the ages of 18 and 20 will be eligible to apply for such a permit due to Brexit, TheSchengen.com reports.
The European Youth Portal explains that “under the terms of the UK’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union, UK nationals are entitled to participate in the 2021 round, as they were eligible for canceled rounds in 2020 whose budget has been shifted to 2021”. regarding this issue.
The portal confirms that with the UK leaving the EU bloc on January 31, 2020, young Brits will not be eligible to apply for DiscoverEU in the following years.
On October 12, TheSchengen.com reported that the EU Commission will give out 60,000 free train tickets for Europeans aged 18-20, with applications open on the same day and closing on October 26.
Announcing the opening of the application period, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Gabriel, declared that this is an opportunity for 60,000 young people across the European Union to “discover the richness of our continent”.
“In the spirit of the commission that designated 2022 as the Year of European Youth, DiscoverEU is back, bigger than ever, with new opportunities for young people to ride the train, broaden their horizons, broaden their learning, enrich their experiences and meet fellow Europeans while traveling by rail from March 2022. “.
Recipients will be able to travel across Europe for up to 30 days from March 2022, the European Year of Youth, until February 2023.
Normally, only 18-year-olds are allowed to apply. However, since last year’s tour was postponed due to COVID-19, this year 19- and 20-year-olds have also been allowed to apply.
Applicants can also apply in groups of five, however, one group leader must be appointed, and the other four members must apply with its application code.
There is a quota for each EU member state, as well as for the UK, which will be published along with the selection results. In the event that there are fewer applicants for certain countries than the expected allocated travel permits, the remaining travel permits will be distributed among the countries with more participants than the quota.