EU to give free Interrail train passes to 30,000 teens


The European Commission has set aside a sum of cash to provide young Europeans turning 18 this year with a free Interrail pass. The special ticket allows the user to travel across Europe on almost any train.


European trains may have more teenage travelers than usual this summer, if all goes according to the plan laid out by the European Commission in its 2018 budget on Thursday.

The EU's executive branch has earmarked €12 million ($14.7 million) to provide between 20,000 to 30,000 young Europeans turning 18 this year with a free Interrail pass, which allows the user to travel across Europe on almost any train.

The measure is a "preparatory action" related to a proposal put forth by the European Parliament that calls for every European to get a free Interrail pass on his or her 18th birthday.

According to the budget description, the initiative is aimed at "giving them [young Europeans] an opportunity to explore Europe, but also, more importantly, better connecting young people with European identity and raising awareness of the Union's core values."

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