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 is the current situation?
The proposal is under discussion in the Council and the European Parliament. As part of its Work Programme for 2015, the Commission decided on 16 December 2014 to evaluate the whole scheme for subsidiarity, proportionality and better regulation reasons as part of the CAP simplification. Pending this, the Commission recommended to the co-legislators that the work on the proposal of 2014 should be put on hold.