New call to participate to allow even more young people to travel - DiscoverEU
DiscoverEU, which allows 18-year-olds to explore Europe by travelling mainly by train, opens its first round of applications in 2022. From tomorrow 7 April at noon until noon, young people living in Erasmus+ countries will be able to apply for one of the 35,000 free travel passes.
This year’s application round marks the inclusion of DiscoverEU in the Erasmus+ programmeThanks to this change, 70 000 travel passes will be distributed Year of Youth in 2022: in today’s application round, 35 000 travel passes have been announced and a further 35 000 are foreseen for the next application round in October. Integration into Erasmus+ also opens the door to candidates from Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey, who are the first chance to participate.
Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas DiscoverEU offers more travel opportunities for young people than ever before. In the European Year of Youth, we put young people at the heart of our attention. We owe it to an entire generation that hasn't been able to travel for the last two years. Good luck, everybody!“
Candidates who have successfully completed a selection quiz, born between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004, will be able to travel in Europe for a maximum of 30 days between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. Those who reach the age of 18 in the second half of the year will be able to apply in the next round of applications in October.
In addition, the winners of the travel pass will also receive a DiscoverEU discount card. With this new card, winners will be able to receive more than 40 000 different discounts for public transport, cultural events, accommodation, food, sports events and other services available in all eligible countries.
To increase the learning dimension of DiscoverEU, Erasmus+ National Agencies National Agencies organise information sessions and meetings to prepare young travellers for travel and to facilitate the exchange of experiences. DiscoverEU aims to promote, inter alia, discussions on sustainability, culture and European identity at these meetings. Special emphasis is placed on inclusion. Participants with disabilities or health problems may be accompanied while travelling. In addition to travel expenses, additional individual assistance is provided.
The Commission shall promote sustainable rail travel. Exceptions are cases where young people cannot travel to continental Europe by train before starting their journey. Therefore, specific arrangements are available for young people from the outermost regions, overseas countries and territories, remote territories and islands.