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AID FOR DEPRIVED CITIZENS.

A few days before the official start of winter, the EU has confirmed it will maintain aid for its most deprived citizens beyond 2013. MEPs agreed, on 28 November, on the regulation on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) for the period 2014-2020. Unlike the previous fund, which was uniquely a food distribution programme, FEADawill be expanded to include two operational programmes designed to provide food distribution aid and basic material assistance, and also social inclusion measures. It will support food donations, andain particular the collection, transportation and distribution of food. It will promote projects based on the reduction of food waste as well as promotion of public health and local production. The compromise also provides for the inclusion and consultation of key participants, such as food banks and voluntary organisations, in the design, operation and follow-up of national implementation programmes for FEAD. As provided under the multiannual financial framework, the programme will have a budget of 3.5 billion euro over five years, which will be shared out according to the member states' needs. The compromise provides for EU co-financing of 85%, and up to 95% for the countries most affected by the crisis.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Nov 29, 2013
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