Young Europeans can travel across Europe for free this summer

Georgiana Bendre 09/03/2018 | 16:10

The European Commission has agreed to grant EUR 12 million as a trial for young Europeans to travel across Europe this summer, according to euronews.com.

The institution has taken its first steps towards implementing a scheme that will give 20,000-30,000 teenagers a free Interrail pass once they turn 18.

The EU’s executive branch agreed thsi Thursday to grant EUR 12 million for the trial, but the amount  could rise if MEPs later decide to extend it to more people.

The train ticket is worth up to EUR 510 for a month’s travel and grants holders the chance to journey across 30 countries in Europe at almost no extra cost on 32 rail networks.

The European Parliament proposed the scheme in 2016 to encourage young people, especially those on low incomes, to explore the continent and “foster a European identity”.

The first participants will travel this summer.

The cost of providing a free Interrail ticket to all EU citizens who turn 18 has been estimated to be over EUR 1 billion.

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