Socialists Call For Free Railway Programme For Young Adults

  • 3 Jul 2018 9:44 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Socialists Call For Free Railway Programme For Young Adults
The Socialist Party is calling for a government-sponsored, monthlong free travel programme for over-eighteen-year-old Hungarian citizens, party leader Bertalan Tóth said.

The programme’s inspiration is the European Union’s DiscoverEU initiative, which offers free monthlong Interrail cards for 15,000 young EU citizens, including 287 Hungarians.

Tóth told a press conference at Budapest’s Keleti railway station that the Socialists would propose to parliament that Hungarian youth receive such a possibility for the Hungarian railways.

The Socialists will consult with youth organisations on the details, he said. Interrail is an international ticket system, which allows limitless railway travel for 30 days in 30 European countries for young adults, among other discounts.

MEP István Ujhelyi told the press conference that “it would cost the Hungarian government 9 billion forints [EUR 27.2m] to join the programme and so offer free travel to young Hungarians.”

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