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.
Key points of the reform proposal
- Common legal and financial framework, focusing EU support on the distribution of fresh fruit (including bananas) and vegetables, and drinking milk.
- Distribution backed up by educational measures to improve pupils' awareness of farming, the variety of farm produce available, healthy eating habits and environmental issues.
- Review of the funding rules, enabling the schemes to maximise their impact within a set budget.
- Simplification of implementation rules and requirements.
The legislative proposal was accompanied by an impact assessment, evaluating alternative scenarios for the evolution of the policy on the basis of extensive quantitative and qualitative analysis.
- Read the legislative proposal
- Read the Impact Assessment report:
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Executive summary
- Read the citizens' summary
- Read the press release
- Read the background memo
- Watch Commissioner Cioloş' press conference
- Watch the video of Commissioner Cioloş' school visit
Conclusions of the discussions between the institutions
After political agreement was reached between the Institutions in December 2015, the European Parliament adopted its position in first reading on 8 March 2016 and the Council approved it on 11 April 2016.
The Regulation was signed by the President of the European Parliament and by the President of the Council on 11 May and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 May (Regulation EU No 2016/791). It shall apply from 1 August 2017.