Young and hard up? Get your­self a Euro­pean Youth Card

Kathimerini English - - Life - BY IPHI­GE­NIA DIA­MANTI

The na­tion­wide dis­tri­bu­tion of 10,000 free Euro­pean Youth Cards as of Mon­day, May 9, came like manna from heaven for Greece’s young peo­ple, who by that date had al­ready re­sponded with over 1,000 ap­pli­ca­tions to the web­site www.eu­ro­peany­outh­card.gr and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat for Youth, which is dis­tribut­ing them. Pri­or­ity is given to unem­ployed ap­pli­cants, while once the first batch of 10,000 free cards has been snapped up, fur­ther cards will be sold at a cost of 10 eu­ros each.

The card is valid for 12 months from the date of re­ceipt or pur­chase and can be re­newed at a cost of 10 eu­ros.

In­tended to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of dis­counts (10 to 40 per­cent) to peo­ple aged 13-30 – and not just in Greece but in all the Euro­pean Union’s 37 mem­ber states – it is not just young peo­ple who are flock­ing to ap­ply for the Euro­pean Youth Card, but also busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions that want to boost their num­bers by sign­ing onto the scheme.

The cat­e­gories are the fol­low­ing: cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment; ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing; health and beauty; sports; food and bev­er­ages; tourism; tele­phony ser­vices; re­tail; and, last but cer­tainly not least, trans­porta­tion.

De­tails of what the Euro­pean Youth Card of­fers can be found on Face­book (search: Euro­pean Youth Card) and Twit­ter (twit­ter.com/#!/in­sti­tute4y­outh), as well as on the EU’s web­site www.eu- ro­peany­outh­card.org.

To ap­ply for a card you need a valid form of ID, such as a pass­port or Greek iden­tity card, and a re­cent pho­to­graph.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made on­line or in per­son at the Youth In­sti­tute (417 Acharnon – Aghios Eleft­he­rios ISAP train sta­tion – tel 210.259.9422/9444) or at li­censed points within the Aghios An­to­nios metro sta­tion (noon to 6 p.m. on the Line 2 plat­form) and Ker­ameikos metro sta­tion (4-10 p.m., Line 3 plat­form) un­til May 15.

of re­tail out­lets have signed on to the youth card scheme.

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