The Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) held on 21 November a public hearing on the distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union.
The EU food aid scheme has operated successfully since 1987 and provides at present food for free for as many as 18 million people.
On 3 October, the European Commission tabled a second amended proposal in an effort to overcome a deadlock with Member States in the Council of Ministers. The amended proposal foresees a double legal basis (agriculture and social cohesion) and full EU financing of the scheme. The EU Agriculture Ministers broke the long-standing deadlock on 14 November by agreeing to continue financing of the scheme from the EU budget for another two years.
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