Consultation on the review of the CAP schemes providing agricultural products to school children
All citizens, organisations and public authorities who are concerned by a review of the CAP schemes providing agricultural products to school children are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
Period of consultation
28/01/2013 - 22/04/2013
Objective of the consultation
There are currently two school schemes in the area of agriculture specifically targeting children in schools:
- the European School Milk Scheme (SMS) provides school children with dairy products, while
- the more recent School Fruit Scheme (SFS) co-finances the distribution of fruit and vegetable products.
In the school year 2010/2011, the schemes have together benefited more than 25 million children across participating Member States, distributing around 43.000 tons of fruit and vegetables and 300.000 tons of milk and milk products.
Recent studies that have become available, in particular the SFS evaluation and the special report of the European Court of Auditors, have identified the need to make further improvements to the school schemes to increase their efficiency and effectiveness. Therefore, it is necessary to explore further possible ways to improve the two schools schemes, in particular the current fragmented approach in providing agricultural products to children, by considering different options, as identified in the consultation paper.
It is also necessary to analyse how such type of schemes could help to address some of the emerging challenges the agriculture producers are facing. Namely, the prospects for the demand of fresh and minimally processed agricultural products, and subsequently market opportunities for certain farmers, are under pressure with the shifts in the consumption patterns and general disconnection of consumers from food and agriculture. In order to ensure a long-term demand and market outlet for the EU farmers and reconnect consumers to agriculture, in particular children as future household managers, a broader and more unified policy response targeting children in schools might be required.
In this context, this public consultation aims at:
- informing and allowing interested parties to submit their views on the problem definition, challenges and options proposed
- gathering facts and analytical documents to help the impact assessment.
How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
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View the consultation document
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Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Unit C.2 - Olive oil, Horticultural products
Postal address: Rue de la Loi 130, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Number of responses received to this consultation
Results of consultation and next steps
The Impact Assessment will take into account the contributions to the consultation. Relevant elements will be integrated in the Impact Assessment report and a chapter will be dedicated to the consultation process, its main results and participants.