Legislative proposal for a new CAP school scheme
The European Commission's proposal aims at bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework in order to improve their effectiveness, make them more efficient, streamline administrative requirements and reduce organisational burden.
On 30 January 2014 the Commission presented a legislative proposal for the reform of the existing schools schemes with a view to:
- enabling these schemes to play an effective role in reversing the ongoing decline in the consumption of fruit, vegetables and dairy products and in reducing obesity among children;
- strengthening links between schoolchildren and farming, farmers and the various types of food they produce;
- focusing these schemes on boosting the consumption of selected produce in the long term and instilling healthy eating habits through education;
- making them more efficient, through better targeting for maximum impact and more cost-effective distribution.
The legislative proposal is accompanied by an impact assessment that evaluates alternative scenarios for the evolution of the policy on the basis of extensive quantitative and qualitative analysis.
>> Read the legislative proposal [84 KB]
>> Read the citizens' summary [80 KB]
Key points of the reform proposal
- A joint legal and financial framework will be set up, focusing EU support on the distribution of fresh fruit (including bananas) and vegetables, and drinking milk.
- Distribution will be backed up by educational measures to improve pupils' awareness of farming, the variety of farm produce available, healthy eating habits and environmental issues.
- Funding rules will be changed, enabling the schemes to maximise their impact within a set budget.
- Implementation rules and requirements will be simplified.
What happens next?
Following a debate in the European Parliament and the Council and the approval of the legal and financial framework the reformed school scheme will probably take effect in 2016.