DiscoverEU first application round of 2022

06 April 2022EU news

From tomorrow 7 April at noon until 21 April at noon young people living in Erasmus+ programme countries will be able to apply for one of the 35,000 free travel passes through the DiscoverEU, Commission’s action allowing 18-years-olds to explore Europe mostly by train.

This year’s round marks the entry of DiscoverEU in Erasmus+. With this change and through the exceptional funding under the European Year of Youth 2022, 70,000 travel passes will be made available in 2022: 35,000 in the first application round and another 35,000 in another application round, foreseen for October.
The integration into Erasmus+ also opens the door to applicants from Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey, who will be able to join the action for the first time.
Applicants who have successfully filled in the selection quiz, born between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004, will be able to travel in Europe for up to 30 days during the travel period 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.
Those turning 18 in the second half of the year will be able to apply in the October round.

In addition, recipients of the travel pass will also receive a DiscoverEU discount card, giving access to more than 40,000 discount possibilities on public transport, culture, accommodation, food, sports and other services available in all eligible countries.

In order to increase the learning dimension of the DiscoverEU experience, Erasmus+ National Agencies will facilitate information meetings and meet-ups to prepare young travellers for their journey and to create a peer-to-peer learning experience. Through these meetings, DiscoverEU aims to promote discussions on sustainability, culture and European identity, among others. Inclusion is particularly in focus. Participants with disabilities or health issues can be accompanied on their journeys. Apart from the travel costs, additional individual help is also provided.

The Commission encourages sustainable travel by rail. Exceptions are made for those who have difficulties reaching mainland Europe to start their train travel. Therefore, special arrangements are available for young people from outermost regions, Overseas Counties and Territories, remote areas and islands.


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