Today, the Commission is launching the DiscoverEU autumn call, thanks to which 36,000 young people will receive a free travel pass to explore Europe.
The application round starts today at 12:00 CEST and will end on Wednesday 18 October at 12:00 CEST. To win a travel pass, young people are invited to apply on the European Youth Portal, answer 5 quiz questions and one tiebreaker question. Successful applicants born between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2005 will be able to travel in Europe for up to 30 days during the travel period 1 March 2024 and 31 May 2025. The call is open to applicants from the European Union and the third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Türkiye.
Participants will be able to discover the New European Bauhaus route, launched in January 2023. It aims to inspire young people when choosing their destinations and raise awareness on the importance of making the European Union ‘beautiful, sustainable, together'. Participants will also continue to benefit from the initiatives launched in 2022 during the European Year of Youth, such as ‘Youth discovers culture thanks to DiscoverEU in 2022' and the DiscoverEU Culture Route. The latter combines various destinations and cultural branches, including architecture, music, fine art, theatre, fashion, design and more. DiscoverEU travellers can visit the European Capitals of Culture, destinations added on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, or holders of the European Heritage Label. Moreover, they can also stop by locations with the Access City Award label. These are cities that have gone above and beyond to become more accessible to everyone, regardless of age, mobility or ability. Another activity that will continue is the provision of a discount card to the participants, with more than 40,000 discount possibilities on public transport, culture, accommodation, food, sports and other services available in the eligible countries.