EU will provide free Interrail passes to hundreds of younger individuals in 2022

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The European Parliament introduced earlier this week that the EU is planning on offering 60,000 younger individuals the chance to discover Europe by prepare in 2022, as a part of the ‘DiscoverEU’ program relaunches, funded by Erasmus+.

The program consists of offering 18-year-olds with free Interrail passes within the hopes that the desire travel throughout Europe, resulting in larger intercultural unity throughout the EU member states. 

Each member state will obtain a specific amount of tickets, relying on inhabitants measurement, which they are going to reward to those that simply turned 18. Applicants might want to reply to 6 quiz questions on European historical past and tradition. The winners are then chosen based mostly on the solutions they offered by European Commission officers. 

Applications will open in October, giving the winners the prospect to travel between March 2022 and March 2023 for a interval of 30 days. Due to uncertainties associated to COVID-19, vacationers can be given versatile bookings and interruption insurance coverage. 

The integration into Erasmus+ means this system might want to implement a extra structured studying approach. 

Brussels is actively encouraging the winners to go to lesser-known locations in additional distant areas of Europe, somewhat than to main vacationer locations.

Mariya Gabriel, the EU’s Commissioner for analysis, innovation, and youth, communicated her perception that ‘DiscoverEU’ will make the youth suppose extra positively of rail travel, making this program a “key element” in supporting the objectives of the European Year of Rail.