EDA applauds European school milk scheme
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On 9 May, the European Parliament adopted in plenary the own-initiative report by its MEP Carmen Avram (S&D, Romania) on the EU School Scheme revision. The adopted report sets the ground for the future European Commission’s revision of the scheme. The report calls to limit added sugar, added fat and salt in the products and to avoid sweeteners. The priority should be given to organic and local products when possible.
The European Parliament also calls on Member States to ensure that at least 10% of the funding allocated to the scheme each year is earmarked for educational measures. Regarding the scheme’s budget, during the debate on the dossier in plenary, MEP Avram defended an increase in the budget allocated to the scheme. “Inflation has made the Commission’s proposed sum of €1.3 billion over six years quite simply unrealistic,” she asserted. The tabled amendments calling for plant-based beverages to be included in the scheme’s scope were rejected by the European Parliament with an overwhelming majority.
The European dairy industry welcomes the adoption of the report and congratulates MEP Avram.