June 25, 2024

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"Youth pass 2024" more than 145,000 young people aged 18 and 19 will receive


More than 145,000 young people aged 18 and 19 will receive €150 in financial support this year through the Youth Pass 2024, according to a joint statement from the Ministries of National Economy and Finance, Home Affairs and Digital Governance.

In addition, 19-year-olds who already applied last year automatically receive the same assistance. The number of applications is 75,863, and the total amount of assistance reaches 11,379,450 euros.

Let us remind you that for In the first year of the program, until the end of 2023, about 140 thousand young people received assistance, the total amount of which amounted to almost 21 million euros.

The €150 aid credit will take the form of a digital debit card, which will be sent to credit institutions by Friday 31 May. Corresponding statement from the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Internal Affairs and Digital Governance:

“More than 145,000 young people aged 18 and 19 will receive financial support of €150 this year as part of the Youth Pass 2024. 69,825 young people aged 18 have applied by the deadline of 15 May 2024 for which the cost of assistance is 10,473,750 euros. In addition, 19-year-olds who already applied last year automatically receive the same assistance, their number of applications is 75,863, and the total amount of assistance reaches 11,379,450 euros.”

Responsible for the planning and implementation of the Youth Pass program are the Ministers of National Economy and Finance Kostis Hatzidakis, the Minister of the Interior Nikis Kerameos, the Minister of Digital Governance Dimitris Papastergiou and the Deputy Minister of National Economy and Finance Thanos Petralias, according to a joint ministerial decision published in the Government Gazette (ΦΕΚ Β ' 5420/14.09.2023).

The €150 assistance is credited in the form of a digital debit card. It is noted that the receipt of assistance by beneficiaries may be delayed by 1-2 business days. The credit institution or financial institution informs the beneficiary of the first card activation and crediting of the amount of money via text message (SMS) or email message (email), with an embedded link to activate the digital debit card.

Beneficiaries can use the assistance amount to make purchases or receive services from businesses operating in the tourism sector (for example, tourist accommodation), culture (to attend theatrical performances or concerts, to buy books, etc.) and transport – for travel in taxis, on buses, trains, ferries and for the purchase of air tickets.

Let us remind you that the Youth Pass is a permanent measure to support young people. In this context, a special application https://vouchers.gov.gr/youthpass will accept applications from April 1 to May 15 of each year. Assistance to all beneficiaries will be paid once a year, until May 31. Beneficiaries of the Youth Pass are Greek tax residents who turned 18 or 19 years old during the previous year. There are no property or income criteria. The application is submitted once and cannot be submitted again after the beneficiary reaches 19 years of age. However, if for any reason a young person does not apply at age 18, they can do so when they turn 19, receiving benefits only for the second year rather than retrospectively.



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