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Green Light For New School Scheme For Fruit, Vegetables and Milk

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Green Light For New School Scheme For Fruit, Vegetables and Milk

Green Light For New School Scheme For Fruit, Vegetables and Milk
April 12
16:08 2016

A new single framework for school schemes distributing fruits, vegetables and milk to schoolchildren will be operational as from August 2017 following a decision by Agriculture Ministers in the Council meeting in Luxembourg. Member States’ support comes after the positive vote by the European Parliament of the proposal presented by the European Commission to make available for this purpose €250 million per year from the EU budget.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan says: “This is an important measure to bring sustained changes in children’s eating habits and invest in a healthier lifestyle, in line with the challenges that our society faces. It is also a great opportunity to strengthen the links between the farming community and children, their parents and teachers. Last but not least, the increase in its budget at times where financial resources are scarce and new priorities are emerging provides an appropriate signal to farmers and markets under pressure.

The School milk scheme was set up in 1977 and the School fruit scheme in 2009. Around 20 million children benefit from the milk scheme and around 10 million from the fruit and vegetables scheme per year. Participation will continue to be voluntary for Member States.

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