Inclusion of families with three children in means-tested scheme for the free distribution of fruit and vegetables withdrawn from sale

30 May 2016
E-004307-16
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Notis Marias (ECR)

 

On 12 May 2016, the Ministry of Rural Development and Food issued a press release entitled ‘Means-tested scheme for the free distribution to large families of fruit and vegetables withdrawn from sale’.

However, families with just three children are not eligible to benefit from this scheme, which is intended for large families with dependent children.

This is despite the adoption by the Greek Parliament of legal provisions relating to increased social protection for families with three children under Law 3454/2006 on ‘Family support and other measures’ (Government Gazette 75/Α/7.4.2006).

Inclusion of families with three children among those eligible would not only help the recipients in question but also provide an additional outlet for growers.

In view of this:

Can the Commission say what action it intends to take in cooperation with the Greek competent authorities to ensure the inclusion of families with three children among the beneficiaries of this EU-funded means-tested scheme for the distribution fruit and vegetables withdrawn from sale?

Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
The Common Agricultural Policy provides for free distribution of fruit and vegetables withdrawn from the market through recognised producer organisations pursuant to Article 34(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013(1).

Article 80 of Regulation (EU) No 543/2011(2) establishes that Member States shall lay down the permissible destinations for products withdrawn from the market.

It is incumbent upon Member States to determine the conditions to be fulfilled by the final beneficiaries of free distribution.

(1) Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17.12.2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (OJ L 347 of 20.12.2013, p. 671).
(2) Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 543/2011 of 7.6.2011 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) no 1234/2007 in respect of the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors (OJ L 157, 15.6.2011, p. 1).

 

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