EU hands out 15,000 train tickets to 18 year olds

From today, thousands of young European adults have the opportunity to travel across the continent for free

The European Parliament has decided to boost travelling among the younger generation with a new initiative. Starting today, Tuesday, 12 June, all Europeans that will be 18 years old on July 1st can apply for one of 15,000 free tickets to travel across the European Union.

The application round will be open online from 12 June to 26 June 2018  — Shutterstock EU hands out 15,000 train tickets to 18-year-olds
The application round will be open online from 12 June to 26 June 2018 – Shutterstock

With the new measure, the European legislative body aims to decrease the growing tendencies of euroscepticism across the continent.

“I am confident that this experience will make a positive change – for the young people participating and for the communities they visit,” said EU youth commissioner Tibor Navracsics.

“Under this new EU initiative, young people will be able to travel as individuals or as a group of maximum five people. As a general rule, they will be travelling by rail. However, to ensure wide access across the continent, participants can, in special cases, use alternative transport modes, such as buses or ferries, or, exceptionally, planes,” the institution announced in a statement on Monday.

The tickets will cover the train rides only, travellers will therefore have to pay for their food and accommodation.

Applying for the free ticket will require additional tasks created by the parliament. Applicants will have to answer five questions on the EU and the 2018 parliamentary elections. They will also have to guess how the final number of youngsters interested in the program.

“The replies will allow the European Commission to select the applicants. Once this is done, participants need to start travelling between 9 July and 30 September 2018. They can travel for up to 30 days and can visit up to four foreign destinations,” the parliament said.

The successful attendees will be also expected to share their experiences through social media.

The application round will be open online from 12 June at 12:00 (CEST) to 26 June 2018 at 12:00 (CEST). To apply online, you can access the form here.