Eight additional operational programmes recently approved to help the most deprived, including a €560 million package for Spain
In the second half of December, the European Commission approved the operational programmes for eight EU countries to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), including a €560 million package for Spain.
After Spain, Greece received the most funds (€280 million) of this batch followed by Portugal, Croatia, Ireland, Finland, Luxembourg and Denmark, which was allocated an amount of €3,9 million.
They join the seventeen EU countries that saw their national programmes approved since July, with France, being the first to have its national FEAD programme adopted.
Here is a breakdown by country (in current prices and for the period 2014-2020):
- Spain will receive €563,4 million (complemented by €99,4 million from national resources) to provide food aid. In addition, partner organisations will provide accompanying measures to encourage the social-labour integration of the most deprived people.
- Greece will receive €280 million (complemented by almost €50 million from national resources) to tackle food and material deprivation of groups such as families, with an emphasis on single parent or multi-child families, and the homeless.
- Portugal will receive €176,9 million (complemented by €31.2 million from national resources) to provide food support and basic goods packages, such as hygiene products, clothing, footwear and school supplies.
- Croatia will receive €36,6 million (complemented with nearly €6,5 million from national resources) to provide food aid in the form of either meals or food packages, together with hygiene products, school material and sport equipment.
- Ireland will receive €22.7 million (complmented by €4 million from national resources) to provide food support and basic goods packages.
- Finland will receive €22.5 million (complemented by €4 million from national resources) to provide food aid to the most deprived, often people facing long-term difficulties.
- Luxembourg will receive almost €4 million (complemented by €696.119 from national resources). The funding will both answer a distress situation in food and basic material assistance and will help especially save a budget for, for instance, housing costs.
- Denmark will receive €3,9 million (complemented with €700.000 from national resources). The funding will focus on the most vulnerable group of people suffering from homelessness, those who have a very sporadic or no contact with the social services.
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.