Teenagers can apply for an interrail pass offering them a month’s free travel around Europe this year.
The DiscoverEU ticket enables 18-year-olds to travel around European Union countries for 30 days between August and the end of January. The tickets offer free travel and paid for by the EU. The EU has set aside €16m for the 2019 scheme.
Teenagers born between July 2, 2000 and July 1, 2000 from the United Kingdom are welcome to apply for a place on the scheme.
Last year, 30,000 teens from around Europe successfully applied for a DiscoverEU ticket.
What is the DiscoverEU ticket?
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DiscoverEU was launched last year, with an aim to help young people to explore and experience Europe.
Successful applicants get a 30-day Interrail-style ticket to use on trains (although some travellers can get passes for some road, ferry and even plane journeys).
The trips can last for a maximum of 30 days and take place between August 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020. There are limited on the number of journeys a ticket holder can take. The flexible option entitles DiscoverEU passholders to seven days of travel for a trip of up to 30 days.
Participants are provided with travel information and tips on what to visit in Europe.
Who can apply?
Any EU national – including from the UK – born between July 2, 2000 and July 2, 2001 (both dates inclusive) can apply, either as an individual or in a group of five.
The deadline to apply is by 11am (BST) on Thursday May 16, 2019.
Applicants have to complete a quiz as part of the process.
They will find out in June if they have been awarded a ticket.
To apply, head here to the European Youth Portal, here .
For further information about the DiscoverEU tickets, head here .
But what about Brexit? If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union can British teens still use the DiscoverEU pass?
Yes they can, this year at least.
Even if the UK leaves the EU before January 31, 2020 (as it is scheduled to), a DiscoverEU ticket holder from the UK can still use the pass to travel for a 30-day period between August 1 and January 31 – as long as the pass was awarded to the UK teen before the United Kingdom leaves the EU.
DiscoverEU says it will award passes to successful applicants before the end of May 2019, and inform them in June.
Brexit is scheduled to happen by October 31, and it’s fair to say it is extremely unlikely the UK will have left the EU by the end of May. The UK is holding elections to the EU Parliament on May 23.
A European Commission spokesperson told ChronicleLive : “The eligibility conditions for the DiscoverEU contest stipulate that applicants should have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union at the time of the award decision .
“The selected participants will have to start their journey from a Member State of the European Union at the time of the award decision and travel to at least one foreign country which is a Member State of the European Union at the time of the award decision .
“The award decision will take place be
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