The European Commission has launched a public Internet consultation on the EU scheme to distribute free food to people in need in the Community.
The public is invited to give a feed-back on a number of key questions in relation with the EU programme to distribute free food to the most deprived persons in the Community through a call for contributions to a large internet-consultation. The consultation runs until 14 May.
Since 1986, the European Commission made available some € 2.5 billion under the Food aid scheme for the most deprived people in the Community. In 2007, the aid reached more than 13 million beneficiaries in 18 Member States. The scheme has been based originally on European intervention stocks. With the reform of CAP, these stocks have decreased drastically and, in some cases, even disappeared. Therefore, the revision of the existing scheme is necessary.