In the first year, around 275,000 young Europeans reported to become part of the DiscoverEU experience, and about 50,000 of them had a travel pass. In the third round of the DiscoverEU initiative were received almost 95,000 youth admission from all EU member states. The two-week deadline for submission ended on May 16, 2019. About 20,000 were selected, based on allocation criteria and taking into account quotas for all EU member states. These days the winners will receive notification for the organization of their trip. They will be able to travel up to 30 days alone or in groups of up to five people in the period from 1 August to 31 January 2020. Most will travel by rail and in exceptional cases with other transport. In addition to travel passes, participants will receive technical support and guidance on topics such as sustainable travel and what it means to be the ambassador of the DiscoverEU initiative.
All winners will be invited to report about their experiences, for example through social networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or by holding a presentation at their school or local community. It will also be able to get in touch with other participants through social networks and share their stories. All participants will be invited to participate in the first meetings of the initiative of Discover EU which will take place at various locations across Europe and be dedicated to various topics such as sustainability or cultural heritage.
A new round of applications, the Commission plans to change by the end of this year, and this call will allocate another 20,000 travel passes.