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Parliamentary questions
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29 October 2015
E-011991/2015(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011991/2015

The EU is committed to facilitate transnational mobility of young people and offers several funding opportunities.

The Erasmus+ programme supports will support over the 2014-2020 the mobility of over 2.5 million students to study or train in another European country. It also supports non-formal learning activities for young people(1), such as youth exchanges and youth volunteering through the European Voluntary Service. Such youth activities enable young people to discover new cultures and friends, develop new competences, and appreciate the common values of the EU; funding is provided to cover also costs for travel to and from the place of the activity.

A call for proposals in the context of the COSME programme(2) aims at, amongst others, facilitating youth transnational mobility within the EU, increasing investment opportunities for the tourism industry, and matching the specific needs and expectations of young people.

Against this background, the Commission does not consider offering funding for free rail travel for young people in the EU. The Commission is also not aware of projects carried out in the past that would be similar to the one proposed by the Honourable Member.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/mobility/index_en.htm
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8228

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