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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005346/2018

DiscoverEU is open to all EU citizens aged 18 regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds or other circumstances. The initiative is conceived with inclusion at its core. The design of the application process is short, simple, accessible, and user-friendly. To enable the participation of those who cannot be away for too long, the minimum travel requirement to another EU Member State is one day. DiscoverEU travels can last up to 30 days. To ensure that 18-year olds living in remote areas, such as the outermost regions, can also take part specific measures are taken: though the majority of young people travel by rail, buses and ferries can also be used especially in the case of remote areas; in exceptional cases flights are also allowed.

If young people have special needs, extra financial support can be provided to cover the related costs: young people with disabilities can be accompanied by their full-time assistants or caregivers whose accommodation and travel costs will be covered. It is also possible for young people to apply in groups of up to five friends or relatives (all need to be 18 years old). Accompanying the young people by other relatives, older or younger than that would not be in line with the idea of the Action, which is to provide an opportunity to explore Europe for this specific age group.

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