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EU School Children To Benefit From Fruit, Vegetables And Milk

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Children across the EU will continue to benefit from fruit, vegetables and milk at school thanks to the allocation of €250 million in EU funding for the 2017–2018 school year.

For the first time in 2017, the two so-called school schemes will be merged into one single scheme for simpler management. The aim of the scheme remains the same, however – to increase the share of healthy food in the diet of young people.

Of the €250 million EU funding agreed for 2017–2018 school year, roughly €150 million will be allocated for fruit and vegetables and €100 million for milk. They will be used not only to provide fruit, vegetables and milk to schoolchildren but also to support learning about agriculture and healthy diets as well as information, monitoring and evaluation.

An indicative allocation of the EU funding to each Member state was made based on the number of school-age children and, for the milk, also on the previous use of EU funding.

Countries have the freedom to request less, or more if additional funding is available. This is because money that is allocated to a Member state but not requested, for whatever reason, can be reallocated to other Member States by the Commission.

Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said: “I am very pleased that the new school scheme will be introduced tomorrow. The scheme provides valuable support to millions of European schoolchildren and thousands of farmers in every Member State. Such support has proven particularly important for farmers in recent years and the increased funding will enhance the value of this support. In addition, the new scheme meets my priority of simplification through the integration of the former school milk and vegetable schemes. Finally, I am happy to be involved with an initiative with Commissioners Andriukaitis and Navracsics to promote a healthy lifestyle and I am convinced that this scheme has a valuable part to play.”

The Commission adopted the decision fixing the definitive allocation of EU funding to each Member state (breakdown in the table below).

EU funding for school year 2017–2018

Member State Definitive allocation for school fruit and vegetables (€) Definitive allocation for school milk (€)
Belgium 3 367 930 1 650 729
Bulgaria 2 677 109 1 167 367
Czech Republic 4 082 903 1 842 407
Denmark 2 386 393 1 606 402
Germany 25 826 315 10 947 880
Estonia 565 888 732 225
Ireland 2 007 779 900 398
Greece 3 218 885 1 550 685
Spain 12 932 647 6 302 784
France 17 990 469 17 123 194
Croatia 1 720 946 800 354
Italy 21 704 956 9 261 220
Cyprus 390 044 400 177
Latvia 813 091 745 497
Lithuania 1 134 661 1 091 333
Luxembourg 343 568 193 000
Hungary 3 885 599 1 972 368
Malta 372 747 144 750
Netherlands 7 063 251 2 401 061
Austria 2 946 591 1 278 933
Poland 14 985 916 11 047 202
Portugal 3 283 397 2 220 981
Romania 6 866 848 10 865 578
Slovenia 727 411 363 811
Slovakia 2 185 291 1 020 425
Finland 1 599 047 3 824 689
Sweden 0 9 245 859
United Kingdom 0 4 219 008
Total 145 079 683 104 920 317

[Source: European Commission -/- Media Relations]
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