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EU school children to benefit from fruit, vegetables and milk

EU school children to benefit from fruit, vegetables and milk

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EU school children to benefit from fruit, vegetables and milk
10/03/2017

Children across the EU will continue to benefit from fruit, vegetables and milk at school thanks to the allocation of €250 million in EU funding for the 2017–2018 school year.

For the first time in 2017, the two so-called school schemes will be merged into one single scheme for simpler management. The aim of the scheme remains the same, however - to increase the share of healthy food in the diet of young people.

Of the €250 million EU funding agreed for 2017–2018 school year, roughly €150 million will be allocated for fruit and vegetables and €100 million for milk. They will be used not only to provide fruit, vegetables and milk to schoolchildren but also to support learning about agriculture and healthy diets as well as information, monitoring and evaluation.

An indicative allocation of the EU funding to each Member state was made based on the number of school-age children and, for the milk, also on the previous use of EU funding.
Countries have the freedom to request less, or more if additional funding is available. This is because money that is allocated to a Member state but not requested, for whatever reason, can be reallocated to other Member States by the Commission.

The Commission adopted on 24 March the decision fixing the definitive allocation of EU funding to each Member state (breakdown in the table below).

 

EU funding for school year 2017–2018

Member State

Definitive allocation for school fruit and vegetables (€)

Definitive allocation for school milk (€)

Belgium

3 367 930

1 650 729

Bulgaria

2 677 109

1 167 367

Czech Republic

4 082 903

1 842 407

Denmark

2 386 393

1 606 402

Germany

25 826 315

10 947 880

Estonia

565 888

732 225

Ireland

2 007 779

900 398

Greece

3 218 885

1 550 685

Spain

12 932 647

6 302 784

France

17 990 469

17 123 194

Croatia

1 720 946

800 354

Italy

21 704 956

9 261 220

Cyprus

390 044

400 177

Latvia

813 091

745 497

Lithuania

1 134 661

1 091 333

Luxembourg

343 568

193 000

Hungary

3 885 599

1 972 368

Malta

372 747

144 750

Netherlands

7 063 251

2 401 061

Austria

2 946 591

1 278 933

Poland

14 985 916

11 047 202

Portugal

3 283 397

2 220 981

Romania

6 866 848

10 865 578

Slovenia

727 411

363 811

Slovakia

2 185 291

1 020 425

Finland

1 599 047

3 824 689

Sweden

0

9 245 859

United Kingdom

0

4 219 008

Total

145 079 683

104 920 317