Press Release

Commission’s Interrail proposal: a missed opportunity

Brussels
, 27.03.2017 - 12:36
Backpackers girl waiting for the train

“The European Commission could have used the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome to present an original and ambitious proposal that will make people enthusiastic about Europe again. It could have been the signal of a new start.  I regret that the plan that is now on the table represents a missed opportunity”, said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, on the proposal presented today by the European Commission on the Interrail scheme.

“Yet, our proposal of a free Interrail ticket for every young European turning 18 is far from being dead. The European Parliament made this very clear by supporting it with a large majority in March 2017. We will continue our battle to ensure that the 2018 EU Budget contains this proposal. There is still a long way to go as we need to convince both the European Commission and the governments of the Member States, but we are ready to take up the fight. The costs for such a proposal are much lower than the numbers announced, and Europe needs inspiring projects aimed at making Europeans discover each other and the beauty of their continent.”

Further Reading
Note to Editors
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 217 Members from 27 Member States

MEP Contacts

-
Manfred WEBER
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845890 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849890
Email: manfred.weber@europarl.europa.eu

Press Contacts

Marion Jeanne
Chairman's Press Adviser
Phone: +32 479 840 293

Latest

EU future, terror financing, journalist murders, Facebook scandal
19.04.2018 - 12:45

EU future, terror financing, journalist murders, Facebook scandal

The European Parliament debated the French President’s future-minded EU reform ideas with the EPP Group calling for greater security for...
Money laundering
19.04.2018 - 11:07

Tough rules against terror money and tax evasion

New money laundering rules also apply to virtual currencies "Shady money transactions will become much more difficult. The financial system...
Jan Kuciak's commemoration
19.04.2018 - 09:46

What has the Slovak Government done to protect journalists

Today, the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) paid tribute to the memory and legacy of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fianc...
Exhaust pipe
18.04.2018 - 16:15

European Parliament stops Dieselgate from happening again

"The public rightly expects us to fix the Dieselgate loopholes." Ivan Štefanec MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Type Approval “I...

Highlights of the week

23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018
Construction workers working on cement formwork frames

Towards new rules on the posting of workers

Members of the Employment Committee will vote on the final agreement between the Commission, the Parliament and the Council on the revision of the...
Flowers and car

Action needed to combat mileage fraud in Europe

The Transport Committee will demand action from the European Commission on mileage fraud in Europe on Wednesday. In cross-border car sales, research...
Photo of ready meals containting meat

Dual quality products in the Single Market

As a consumer in the EU, you have the right to be treated equally with others. A high-level conference to discuss the discriminatory practice of dual...
Croatian MEP Dubravka Suica with a man in national costume