Fruit, vegetables and milk for European Students

Existing programs for the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk at schools shall be combined and supported by educational measures.

How did we get here?

The EU established a School Milk Scheme in 1977 and a School Fruit Scheme in 2007 in order to organise and finance the distribution of these products to young people in schools and to promote better, healthier nutrition. The programs have developed independently, have some differences in their design and functioning and operate within different legal and financial frameworks.


Why is this important for me?

Because you want your kids to be well and eat healthy food, also in school. The aim is to to increase the share of fruit, vegetables and milk products consumed by children while they are still young and their eating habits are being formed. From an economic point of view, this shall contribute to the stabilisation of EU markets and make sure that there is a high demand for these products in the EU. 


What's the content?

Former EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos published a proposal to combine the existing schemes for milk, on the one hand, and fruit and vegetables, on the other hand, making the programme more efficient. There are going to be two key elements:

Furthermore, the introduction of supportive educational measures aims to strengthen the links between agriculture, public health and environmental matters.

MEPs asked to


What's happening with this legislation in the future?

During the May 2015 plenary session, the European Parliament voted on its position prepared by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, amending the European Commission's legislative proposal. In late 2015 they reached an agreement with the Council which was formally adopted by the Parliament in March and by the Council in April 2016. The final act was then published in the Official Journal a month later. The new regulation will be applicable from August 2017 to take into account the start of the school year.


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