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Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Council of the EU agrees on the new Food Assistance Convention

The Council of the European Union decided on Tuesday (13 November) on the EU conclusion of the new Food Assistance Convention, an important international agreement on the fight against hunger and under-nutrition. Together with the European Parliament's consent on 25 October, this decision gives “green light” to the EU to ratify the Convention by 30 November.
Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, warmly welcomed the Council decision and called on all parties, especially the EU Member States, to ratify the Convention as quickly as possible. ‘One of the most important achievements of the new Convention is a fundamental shift in the approach to food assistance. I very much appreciate that the Convention signatories agree to distribute food only when strictly necessary to meet the immediate nutritional needs of the most vulnerable people. Otherwise, aid should come in the form of money so that affected people can buy food locally. This upholds their dignity, helps promote local markets, and benefits local farming and food supply systems,’ said Commissioner Georgieva.
The Food Assistance Convention is an international agreement that has been negotiated by the European Union and 35 countries (all EU Member States plus Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the United States). The Convention was signed by Commissioner Georgieva together with the Cyprus Presidency on behalf of the EU on 1 August 2012. It is expected for the new Convention to come into force 1 January 2013.


Source: European Commission