The European Commission has announced the approval of the budget of the European program on the distribution of fruits and vegetables in schools. Romania will receive EUR 6.86 M. According to an EC communiqué, the member states agreed with the European Commission’s proposal on a total budget of EUR 150 M for the “Fruits and vegetables in schools” program. EUR 6.86 M of that sum was earmarked for Romania. Germany will receive the biggest sum (approximately EUR 28 M), followed by Italy (EUR 26.8 M) and Poland (EUR 18 M).
The program, set up in 2009, seeks to distribute fruits and vegetables in schools, its goal being to deliver such products to approximately 12 million children in the 6-10 age bracket in the 25 EU member states taking part in it (Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom decided to no longer take part in the program starting on 1 August 2015).
The program was started as a result of the fall in the consumption of fruits and vegetables among children.
Since 2004 the program also finances educational initiatives that explain the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables.