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Friday, 17 February 2012

Parliament follows AGRI Committee recommendation

As CTA reported last week, Parliament’s Agriculture (AGRI) Committee  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.  Parliament as a whole has followed AGRI Committee recommendation to rescue the programme and has approved it in plenary session. The programme will run until the end of 2013, with a budget of up to €500 million per year.
Agriculture Committee chair, Paolo de Castro (S&D, IT)  said that keeping the programme on track  “is an important achievement". However, he highlighted that” this is not the end of the story” and  they will keep up “political pressure to make sure that the EU continues to show solidarity to the weakest of our society also beyond 2013, especially so in the times of severe economic crisis".
The new rules, approved by the Parliament without a vote, will apply retroactively from 1 January 2012, enabling the programme to continue until the end of 2013, with a budget ceiling of €500 million per year.

Source: European Parliament