The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that the General State Budgets will include a youth cultural voucher of 400 euros for young Spaniards who turn 18 years old. An action that is in tune with others that the European Commission is taking. This is the case of the 60,000 train tickets – of which 5,529 will be for Spain – that the European Commission will give away to young Europeans between 18 and 20 years old to undertake a 30-day trip by rail through Europe alone or in groups of up to five people.
The initiative of the Community Executive continues a program launched in 2018 and interrupted by the travel restrictions of the pandemic in the last two years. For this reason, the Commission will allow not only those who turn 18 years of age to participate in the new call, but, exceptionally, those who were born between July 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003.
Tickets can be requested through the DiscoverEU website between October 12 and noon on the 26th of the same month for a tour. Once achieved, the trip must be scheduled between February 2022, coinciding with the European Year of Youth, which will take over from the European Year of the Train, and March 2023.
The Commission explained that each Member State is assigned a number of travel passes, based on its population, as a proportion of the total population of the European Union, such that Germany will receive 9,708 tickets, France will receive 7,865, the United Kingdom 7,802 (despite not being a member state of the EU), Italy 6,940 and Spain 5,529, community sources told Efe.