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School Fruit Scheme: agreement on national envelopes for 2014/2015

05/06/2014


The final national envelopes available for the 2014/15 School Fruit Scheme in each participating Member State have been approved in the Management Committee this week. The decision takes into account the increase in EU funds available for the Scheme from €90 million to €150 million, that was agreed in the context of the CAP 2020 reform.


In addition to financing the distribution of fruits and vegetables in school, the funds will for the first time also be used for accompanying educational measures aimed at increasing fruit and vegetables consumption, so as to shape healthier eating habits.


The main beneficiaries of the Scheme in 2014/2015 will be Italy, set to receive over € 29.2 million, followed by Germany (€ 22.8 million), Poland (€ 20.5 million), France (€ 15 million), Spain (€ 10.7 million), Romania (€ 6.8 million), the Czech Republic (€ 5.4 million), Netherlands (€ 5.4 million), Hungary (€ 5.4 million), and Bulgaria (€ 3.6 million).


The formal decision will be adopted by the Commission in the coming weeks.


In 2012/2013, 8.6 million children received fruit and vegetables at school in participating Member States. This was a 6% increase compared to 2011/2012].


This will be the sixth year of the Scheme's application since its launch in 2009 and 25 Member States have confirmed their participation in the programme with only Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom opting out.


The EU funds are co-financing the Scheme, with the obligation for these funds to be complemented 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. Overweight and obesity are real concerns: in 2010 the WHO estimated that around 1 in 3 children between 6 and 9 in the EU are overweight or obese. This trend is increasing as the estimates for 2008 were 1 in 4.

 

 

Definitive allocation of aid per Member State participating in the School Fruit Scheme established for the period
from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015

 

Member State

Co-financing rate
(in %)

Final allocation

Belgium

75%

3 369 750

Bulgaria

90%

3 652 530

Czech Republic

88%

5 487 828

Denmark

75%

2 712 957

Germany

75%

22 828 240

Estonia

90%

766 106

Ireland

75%

913 548

Greece

81%

3 143 600

Spain

75%

10 724 670

France

76%

15 000 000

Croatia

90%

1 360 845

Italy

80%

29 219 794

Cyprus

75%

290 000

Latvia

90%

1 105 420

Lithuania

90%

1 571 569

Luxembourg

75%

434 954

Hungary

86%

5 402 378

Malta

75%

337 500

Netherlands

75%

5 434 576

Austria

75%

1 800 000

Poland

88%

20 511 539

Portugal

85%

3 284 967

Romania

89%

6 869 985

Slovenia

83%

775 718

Slovakia

89%

3 001 526

EU 28

79%

150 000 000

NB: Finland, Sweden and the UK do not participate in the scheme

 

>> Go to the School Fruit Scheme website

 

 

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