Following the success of the first round of DiscoverEU, Commissioner Navracsics announced the launch of the second round at the stakeholder meeting, which took place in Brussels, on 17th October.
From 29th November, all 18-year-olds in the EU will have until 11th December 2018 to apply for a chance to win a free ticket, giving them the opportunity to travel around Europe.
Applicants will have to apply via the European Youth Portal and, if selected, be prepared to travel between 15th April and 31st October 2019 for a maximum period of 30 days.
Applicants will be notified about the selection results mid-January 2019. They will be able to travel individually or in a group of up to five people. As a general rule, they will be travelling by rail. However, to ensure wide access across the continent, participants can also use alternative transport modes, such as buses or ferries, or, exceptionally, planes. This will ensure that young people living in remote areas or on islands part of the EU will also have a chance to take part.
Based on the overwhelming interest in DiscoverEU and the experience it offers young people across the EU, the European Commission has proposed €700 million for the initiative under the future Erasmus programme in the EU’s next long-term budget after 2020.
If the European Parliament and the Council agree on the proposal, an additional 1.5 million 18 year olds will be able to travel between 2021 and 2027.