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Commission allocates € 88 million for 2013/2014 School Fruit Scheme

26/03/2013

 

The Commission has today adopted the final distribution of EU funds for the distribution of fruit and vegetables in schools – under the so-called "School Fruit Scheme" – for the 2013/2014 school year.


Some 24 Member States (plus Croatia upon accession) have decided to participate in the programme for the coming year with only Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom opting out.


Out of €90 million of EU funds available, the main beneficiaries of the Scheme in 2013/2014 will be Italy, who is set to receive over € 20.5 million, followed by Poland (€ 13.6 million), Germany (€ 12 million), Romania (€ 4.9 million), France (€ 4.7 million), Hungary (€ 4.5 million), Spain (€ 4.4 million) and the Czech Republic (€ 4.2 million).


This will be the fifth year of the Scheme's application since its launch in 2009 and the number of children benefitting from the scheme has risen steadily. In 2011/2012 school year – the most recent year for which figures are available – more than 8.1 million children in participating Member States benefited from the Scheme by receiving portions of fruit and vegetables in school.


The Scheme is co-financed, which means that EU funds must be matched by national or private contributions.


The Scheme is an important EU-wide initiative in efforts to encourage healthier eating habits amongst school children as they are more likely to become lifelong habits if developed at an early age. Improved nutrition plays an important role in combating health problems related to poor nutrition, such as child obesity.

 

Allocation of aid for the School Fruit Scheme for 2013/2014 (also relative to 2012/2013) – in EURO 

 

Part-funding rate

2012/2013

2013/2014 

Belgium

50% 

1 782 500

1 760 700

Bulgaria

75%

1 446 100

2 128 200

Czech Republic

73%

3 956 971

4 198 880

Denmark

50%

1 880 000

1 531 350

Germany

52%

11 651 328

12 023 308

Estonia

75%

390 000

418 050

Ireland

50%

522 550

455 177

Greece

59%

1 861 300

1 837 700

Spain

59%

4 885 852

4 486 907

France

51%

5 600 000

4 750 000

Italy

58%

20 521 200

20 521 200

Cyprus

50%

225 000

175 000

Latvia

75%

881 917

900 200

Lithuania

75%

1 291 300

1 600 000

Luxembourg

50%

234 000

284 000

Hungary

69%

3 615 573

4 528 653

Malta

75%

262 500

285 000

Netherlands

50%

2 962 100

2 925 400

Austria

50%

1 000 000

750 000

Poland

75%

9 222 800

13 662 750

Portugal

68%

2 872 320

2 172 300

Romania

75%

9 790 748

4 932 400

Slovenia

75%

606 975

671 775

Slovakia

73%

2 536 966

1 891 050

Finland

50%

-

-

Sweden

50%

-

-

United Kingdom

51%

-

-

EU 27

58%

90 000 000

88 890 000

Croatia

75%

/

1 110 000

NB: Refers to the school year from August 1 to July 31

 

>> More info on the School Fruit Scheme

 

>> Read the Commission Implementing Decision on the definitive allocation of European Union aid to Member States under a School Fruit Scheme for the period from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014

 

 

 

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