15,000 European 18-year-olds did it this summer. Now another 12,000 will get the chance – to travel freely at the expense of the EU.
Starting shot for the second round of the Discover Europe project was launched on Thursday when all EU citizens born in 2000 were invited to submit their applications.
The rules are just like during the first round this summer.
Until December 11, the 18-year-olds are responsible for responding to five questions via a dedicated website and telling them how they want to travel. The trip should preferably be done by train, lasting for a maximum of one month, going to at least one EU country and between 15 April and 31 October 2019.
The places are distributed by population
Some of the participants are also appointed ambassadors for the project and need to be ready to report publicly about their travel afterwards.
“It’s great to see that young people have taken on this new opportunity to discover European culture and traditions, to feel European diversity and to get friends that they would not have otherwise,” says Hungarian Tibor Navracsics, the EU’s culture and youth commissioner, in a statement.
In total, the EU can contribute up to over 2 600 kronor per person. The 12,000 seats are distributed to the EU countries by population, with 240 seats in the Swedish quota.