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European Commission - Press release

€250 million available to support healthy eating habits for European schoolchildren

Brussels, 27 March 2019

Millions of children across the EU will receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU's School Scheme in 2019/2020. This programme reached over 20 million children across the EU during the school year 2017/2018.

The national budget allocations for the EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes for the 2019/2020 school year was adopted today. €145 million are set aside for fruit and vegetables, and €105 million for milk and other dairy products. The distribution programme is complemented by educational measures that teach children about agriculture and promotes healthy eating.

Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan said: "Thanks to the EU School Scheme, our young citizens can benefit from the nutritious, safe and high quality food that our European farmers produce, while also learning about where it comes from. The Commission is proud to contribute to this important educational journey, establishing healthy habits from a young age."

The Commission also published today an evaluation report which shows that for the 2017/2018 school year, around 159,000 schools participated in the EU School Scheme. During that time, a total of 255,500 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables and 178 million litres of milk were distributed to European children thanks to more than €182 million from the EU budget. 

Background

Countries wishing to take part in the EU school scheme must notify the Commission by the end of January with their request for support. The indicative allocation of the EU budget to each Member State is based on the number of schoolchildren in each country and, for milk, on the take-up of the previous scheme. National authorities are free to transfer a proportion (20%-25%) of the budget allocated from one sector to the other. They can also notify their willingness to spend more than the amount of aid requested if other Member States decline to take up their full allocation.

In addition, Member States can decide on the way to implement the scheme, including what agricultural products children will receive or the themes of the educational measures rolled out. They also have the option to top up EU funds with national funds to finance the scheme.

The choice of products distributed is based on health and environmental considerations, seasonality, variety and availability. Member States may encourage local or regional purchasing, organic products, short supply chains, environmental benefits, agricultural quality schemes.

For More Information

Member States' monitoring reports on the EU school fruit and vegetables scheme in 2017-2018

EU school fruit & vegetable and milk scheme

 

EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme: EU budget for school year 2019/2020

Member State

School fruit and vegetables

in €

School milk

in €

Belgium

3,405,459

1,613,200

Bulgaria

2,592,914

1,156,473

Czech Republic

3,974,570

1,832,711

Denmark

1,807,661

1,460,645

Germany

24,899,150

10,821,840

Estonia

549,208

730,298

Ireland

2,266,887

1,039,137

Greece

3,218,885

1,550,685

Spain

16,498,394

6,302,784

France

17,990,469

17,123,194

Croatia

1,660,486

800,354

Italy

20,811,379

9,120,871

Cyprus

390,044

400,177

Latvia

782,082

740,753

Lithuania

1,100,497

1,086,853

Luxembourg

336,518

200,000

Hungary

3,730,788

1,947,865

Malta

290,000

201,358

Netherlands

6,775,648

2,401,061

Austria

2,834,481

1,263,019

Poland

14,579,625

11,005,606

Portugal

3,283,397

2,220,981

Romania

6,866,848

10,815,474

Slovenia

708,635

362,276

Slovakia

2,115,888

1,011,357

Finland

1,599,047

3,824,689

Sweden

0

8,998,717

United Kingdom

0

4,898,661

Total

145,068,962

104,931,038

 

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