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Aid to the most deprived: Commission approves national programmes worth more than 1 billion EUR

04/12/2014 Aid to the most deprived: Commission approves national programmes worth more than 1 billion EUR

The European Commission has recently approved the operational programmes for ten EU countries to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).

The programmes for Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Romania, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Slovenia and Bulgaria are worth more than €1 billion.

Here is a breakdown by country (in current prices and for the period 2014-2020) :

  • Lithuania will receive €77 million (complemented with €13 million from national resources) to support the provision of food aid and basic hygiene goods.
  • Latvia will receive €41 million (complemented with €7.2 million from national resources) to support the provision of food and other basic hygiene and household items.
  • Austria will receive €18,03 million (complemented with €3,18 million from national resources) to address the material deprivation of those with difficulties, for instance by providing school materials at the beginning of the school year.
  • Romania will receive over €441 million (complemented with over €75 million from national resources) to provide food to those most in need, as well as school supplies to children in difficulty.
  • Belgium will receive €73.8 million (complemented with €14.3 million from national resources) to ensure free distribution of food to people confronted to poverty through a network of partner organisations.
  • The Netherlands will receive over €3.9 million (complemented with almost €700.000 from national resources) to support people in pensionable age with a low income or considerable debts.
  • Poland will receive €473.36 million (complemented with €83.5 million from national resources) to support the provision of food assistance to people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
  • Estonia will receive €8 million (complemented with €1,4 million from national resources) to provide basic material assistance to those most in need.
  • Slovenia will receive €20.5 million (complemented with €3.6 million from national resources) to offer food relief to most deprived people, together with accompanying measures.
  • Bulgaria will receive €104.8 million (complemented with over €15 million from national resources) to provide food and assistance to those most in need in the country.

Back in July, France was the first EU country to have its national FEAD programme adopted. France will receive €499 million (complemented with €88 million from national resources) to support the provision of food aid.

Background

Launched in January 2014, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is a potent symbol of European solidarity. Its main aim is to break the vicious circle of poverty and deprivation, by providing non-financial assistance to some of the EU’s most vulnerable citizens.

The FEAD is worth €3.8 billion in real terms in the 2014 to 2020 period.