Are you 18 years old and a citizen of the European Union? Get ready to explore Europe!
The EU, after this long and destabilizing pandemic, which in addition to other personal categories has affected young people very seriously, offers all 18-year-old citizens a free pass to travel for free throughout Europe (except islands and remote territories).
This initiative is launched not by chance this year. 2021 is the European Year of Rail and as a sign of attention towards young Europeans, whose life has dramatically slowed down between 2020 and 2021.
As the budget for 2020 was already secured by the European Parliament, it will also be used this year, according to Mariya Gabriel, the EU commissioner for youth.
By the European Commission is envisaging one mega-round of 60,000 travel passes, to be launched probably this October.
Commissioner Mariya Gabriel added that “the 18-year-olds who were not able to travel in 2020 will exceptionally also be allowed to apply this year“.
“So, we will have applicants who turned 18 last year as well as those turning 18 this year,” Gabriel said, adding that there will be twice as many passes as usual.
The 60,000 train passes will be distributed among the Member States based on their population size.