the European Commission offers 20,000 train tickets to 18-year-olds

Travelers take the train to Bordeaux. (Illustration). & Nbsp;
Travelers take the train to Bordeaux. (Drawing). (THOMAS COIGNAC / FRANCE-BLUE GIRONDE)

Just days before the European elections, the European Commission is offering 20,000 tickets for young people to explore Europe. To get your ticket, you have to answer a quiz about the European Union. Attention, the operation ends Thursday, May 16 at noon. Last year, the EU had already launched the "DiscoverEU" operation, which allowed 30,000 young people to travel for free in Europe.

Arthur Calozet, a Belgian biology student, took advantage of the operation last year: "I've been to Berlin, Vienna and Prague all in seven days sleeping in hostels, He explains. It was tiring but it teaches you to take responsibility, it was the first time I was alone in nature without parents. " After his trip across Europe, he believes that today he is feels "a little more European now that I know the continent better and that I really see with my eyes what the European people are". The aim of this trip to Europe is to forge a European identity, which is why the European Commission reiterates the operation and offers 20,000 train tickets this year.

To get a ticket to travel the continent, you have to be born between July 2, 2000 and July 1, 2001, have a European passport and answer a few questions. This is a quiz explains Nathalie Vandystadt, spokesperson for the European Commission. "There are five questions related to knowledge information about the European Union or initiatives in favor of youth, for example the European Solidarity Corps or Erasmus. It's not hard when you're young, you often know of these programs and we are attracted to them, She says. It also requires knowledge related to the elections to the European Parliament ".

If you answer this questionnaire correctly and you are selected, you will be able to travel in Europe between 1 August and 31 January 2020 for a maximum of one month. But beware, only the transport costs are borne by the European Union. To try your luck, it's here. Do not delay, the contest ends Thursday, May 16 at noon.

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