The European Union’s plans to launch a new travel system for Europe have been delayed yet again, this time until 2025.
The plan to launch a travel card, or “EuroPass,” which would allow travelers to use a single card to move freely across Europe, was first announced in 2019 but has been repeatedly delayed due to a lack of agreement between the E.U. member states.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters that the delays are due to the complexity of the project and its importance to European citizens.
She said, “The goal is to make travel in Europe easier, more convenient and cost-effective, allowing Europeans to enjoy more of their continent.”
However, some E.U. member states have expressed doubts about the feasibility of the project and its potential costs.
The European Commission is now expected to use the extra time to further discuss the project and formulate a plan to make it more attractive to member states.
The new travel system is expected to be implemented by 2025, with the first applications beginning in 2021. The project is estimated to cost about 1.2 billion Euros.