It's been discussed for a while now but it might soon be a reality: the 18th birthday interrail pass. What the eff is that?, you might be asking. Well, a politician wants to do something nice for EU citizens in the form of a unique initiative and it's thiiis close to being passed in EU Parliament.
Manfred Weber, leader of Fine Gael’s EPP group has been pushing for EU citizens to receive a free pass to travel the train lines of the continent, reports the Journal.ie.
Weber is asking the European Commission to open up their wallets and launch an initiative where 18-year-olds are gifted a single-use interrail ticket for their birthday.
The programme would be funded by the European Commission in cooperation with EU countries and rail companies.
On his YouDiscover campaign website, Manfred says:
"Want to see Paris? Ever been to Warsaw? Studied the ancient sites in Rome or Athens? When I was a young student, I just couldn’t wait to visit many places in Europe I had read so much about but never seen. On my travels, I came across people who were not so different to me, but I also learned to appreciate the little quirks that made them British, Italian, Spanish... I felt my mind broaden in ways I could not have imagined. I felt European.
"Now I want every 18-year-old European to have a chance to experience this too, to make new friends from all over Europe and feel this common European identity"
He even made a cute af video:
— Manfred Weber (@ManfredWeber) March 15, 2017
The verdict should be decided in the coming months and sad news lads, you prob won't be able to backdate a ticket if you're over 18. Ah sure look.