DiscoverEU Initiative

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DiscoverEU is an initiative set up by the European Union which aims to provide travel and mobility opportunities for young people turning 18 years old. The initiative includes a travel pass offered to the selected youngsters by the European Union, which allows them to travel for a minimum of 1 day and up to 1 month. They should visit at least one Member State in the European Union other than their country of residence.

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The initiative aims to enable young people to take advantage of the freedom of movement in the European Union, discover the diversity of European regions, enjoy its cultural richness, and connect with people from all over the continent. At the same time, they will have the chance to learn more about themselves, gain self-confidence and improve key competencies such as problem-solving and foreign language skills.

DiscoverEU is an initiative originally requested by the European Parliament and was launched in June 2018 with a budget of €12 million. The first round of the initiative offered around 15,000 young people the opportunity to travel around the European Union between July and October 2018. In May 2018, the Commission proposed €700 million for DiscoverEU as part of the Erasmus+ programme under the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027.

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The Guardian, 04.05.18: EU offers British teenagers free Interrail pass https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/04/eu-offers-british-teenagers-free-interrail-pass
Euronews, 04.05.18: EU launches free Interrail passes for 18 year olds https://www.euronews.com/2018/05/03/eu-launches-free-interrail-passes-for-18-year-olds
EurActiv, 04.05.18: Eighteen-year-olds must pass quiz on European culture to receive free travel tickets https://www.euractiv.com/section/railways/news/eighteen-year-olds-must-pass-quiz-on-european-culture-to-receive-free-travel-tickets/
Deutsche Welle, 04.05.18: EU launches free-rail tickets for 18-year-olds https://p.dw.com/p/2x9Cg
BBC News, 04.07.18: EU free rail pass lottery frustrates many teens https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44680136
BBC News, 05.08.18: Travelling Europe by rail: The 18-year-olds with a free ticket https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44979473
Euronews, 14.01.19: EU gives 14,500 more teens free travel pass to explore continent https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/14/eu-gives-14-500-more-teens-free-travel-pass-to-explore-continent
The Sofia Globe, 14.01.19: European Commission chooses 14 500 young people for free trips in Europe in 2019 https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/01/14/european-commission-chooses-14-500-young-people-for-free-trips-in-europe-in-2019/
Romania Insider, 15.01.19: DiscoverEU: 550 young Romanians get travel passes to explore Europe https://www.romania-insider.com/discovereu-young-romanians-second-round/

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European Youth Portal: DiscoverEU https://europa.eu/youth/discovereu_en
Interrail: DiscoverEU FAQs https://www.interrail.eu/en/discovereu-faqs
European Commission: Fact Sheet: DiscoverEU https://europa.eu/youth/sites/default/files/discovereu_factsheet.pdf
European Commission: Press Release, 17.10.18: DiscoverEU: 12,000 additional free tickets available for 18-year-olds to discover Europe http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6109_en.htm
European Commission: Press Release, 29.11.18: DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6530_en.htm
European Commission: Press Release, 14.01.19: DiscoverEU gives 14,500 more young people the chance to explore Europe http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-302_en.htm
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 14.01.19: DiscoverEU: Questions and Answers http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-19-324_en.htm

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