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AGRI Committee backs “food for the needy”

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Tuesday, 07 February 2012

AGRI Committee backs “food for the needy”

Parliament’s Agriculture (AGRI) Committee has recently backed a two-year reprieve for the EU's "food for the needy" programme, on which 18 million of the EU's most deprived people rely. If Parliament as a whole follows AGRI Committee recommendation to rescue the programme, it will run until the end of 2013, with a budget of up to €500 million per year.
As  stated by  Czesław Adam Siekierski, head of AGRI Committee negotiating team and Parliament's rapporteur for the regulation, the compromise will "solve the pressing situation of those depending on the programme for now" and will "leave enough space for further negotiations" on how to pursue the programme after 2014.
AGRI Committee chair, Paolo de Castro also said that "in a time of global economic crisis that leaves many citizens unable to feed their families, this is good news”. The MEP, who appears to agree with some points made by Bill Gates during his recent visit to the Parliament, stated: "we must ensure that in [the] current economic situation we do take care of those who urgently need our attention now".
The plenary vote is scheduled for 15 February in Strasbourg.

Source: European Parliament