For the European Year for Youth in 2022, 2036 Dutch youth can travel across Europe for free by train. They will be able to apply to the European Commission from noon on Tuesday, which will provide a total of 60,000 free rail passes to European young people.
The chosen participants, who do have to answer some questions about the EU, will be able to “broaden their horizons and meet other Europeans” for up to 30 days from March next year onwards with the free rail pass, according to the committee.
The DiscoverEU programme is open to EU citizens born between 1 July 2001 and 1 January 2004. The application must be submitted by 12 noon by October 26. “Over the past eighteen months, our young people have sacrificed valuable time and defining moments in a true spirit of solidarity,” said Committee Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, referring to the lockdowns and other restrictions during the pandemic. “That‘s why I’m so happy to be able to offer more rail passes than ever.” He promises even more initiatives for the Year for Youth that the committee has proclaimed.
Interested parties can sign up both solo and in a group with up to four others. Due to the pandemic, the departure date for a travel with the rail pass will be changed to the last minute next year.
The free DiscoverEU pass, which was first issued by the EU daily board in 2018 but had been suspended for months due to Covid-19, is extremely popular. Of the 347,000 previous applications, of which 15,631 were granted by Dutch young people, 69,571, of which 2379 were granted to the Dutch.