Explanation: We want to add to the article on the reimbursement of travel costs the possibility to give better reimbursement conditions to people travelling with more sustainable modes of transport. For example, travelling by train is often more expensive than flying. With a 70% reimbursement rate and a flight ticket at 100€, the participant has to pay 30€ in the end. If the train ticket costs 150€, the person would have to pay 45€ in the end. This means that our current reimbursement system doesn’t encourage people to explore more sustainable modes of transport. We want to give the possibility to the EC to increase the reimbursement rate to a higher percentage rate of the reimbursement limit to avoid these situations.
This amendment also mentions regional balance, as we want to make an already-existing practice official as we already offer higher reimbursement rates to participants from non-EEA countries.