The EU Wants To Give Free Interrail Passes To 18-Year-Olds On Their Birthday

Sadly, Brits will miss out on this perk. #Brexit

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Here's some news that might make you wish you were a teenager living abroad. The European Union is considering giving all Europeans a free Interrail pass for their 18th birthday.

According to multiple reports, all EU citizens would receive a month-long pass as soon as they turned 18, which could be used to travel the via train to most major cities throughout the continent.

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An Interrail pass for those under the age of 26 typically costs around £420. So, what's the reason behind such a generous move?

Following Brexit, the EU hopes to build a "sense of belonging" amongst young people in Europe by giving them the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of different countries. Sadly, it's unlikely the perk of free holidays will be enjoyed by British teenagers, though. The law is expected to take several years to pass, by which time the UK will no longer be part of the EU.

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"Such a programme would give the opportunity to all young people regardless of their social and educational background to discover Europe diversity, and promote Interrail travel as a pragmatic way to reduce carbon foot print," the proposal states.

MEPs in the European Parliament are voting on the proposal this week and the Guardian reports that both transport commissioner Violeta Bulc and German MEP Manfred Weber have expressed their support for the scheme.

"We admire the boldness and the level of ambition, and we are ready to explore it further," Bulc said, while Weber said the initiative would give teenagers the chance to meet like-minded people.

"People all around Europe must get to know and learn to cherish each other. Our wish is that as many youngsters as possible ... get to know other countries and make new friends," he explained.

Not everyone is convinced this is a good idea, though. Critics argue that spending millions of Euros on free train travel could be a waste, when youth unemployment is so rife in many European countries.

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