The European Union Commission has revealed that this year’s youth travel programme, DiscoverEU, will provide an additional 10,000 train tickets for young people aged 18-20 and will include additional countries.
So far, the EU authorities have granted 60,000 entry cards to EU youth. However, taking into account the number of additional tickets, the number of those who will receive a free ticket will be increased to 70,000.
The increase in tickets awarded to young EU citizens was announced by the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Gabriel, who said, among other things, that this year’s program would include additional benefits.
Apart from increasing the number of tickets that will be distributed to the winners, it has been announced that young people from six other countries will also be able to participate as the list of eligible countries has been expanded.
According to an official statement by Gabriel, young people from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey will also be able to apply this year, TheSchengen.com reports.
“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. , Gabriel said last year.
The last round of applications for 2021 was open through the end of October, while the next round will open in April.
In line with the program rules, young people can apply for permits, provided they are nationals of one of the European Union member states or one of the six other participating countries.
In addition, travelers must answer six questions correctly about the history and culture of Europe in order to win the pass.
In order to make a fair selection of participants, the Commission clarified that each country is allocated a set number of travel permits based on its population, as a proportion of the total EU population.
Successful applicants who are granted a permit will be able to travel for up to 30 days. During this period, everyone will be able to share their culture and learn new things while protecting the environment.
This year’s applicants will receive first-time discount coupons, which can be used when paying for food and other needed supplies.
The Commission revealed that applicants will be able to travel in groups and strongly encouraged young people with special needs to participate. UNHCR will cover the costs of the special assistance.