New national rules for the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption in schools
Royal Decree 511/2017 of 22 May introduces the new European Union rule to encourage fruit, vegetable, and milk consumption in Spanish schools. This has now been published in the Official State Gazette and will be applied to promotional campaigns carried out in Spain in the coming school year 2016/2017.
According to the new Royal Decree, these promotional activities are aimed at students who regularly attend schools that belong to one of the following categories: day care and other pre-school, primary and secondary schools, in particular, infant schools, primary schools, secondary schools and special education centres, as well as other schools and colleges established by educational departments.
The products to be distributed in schools will be mainly fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly bananas, milk, and lactose free milk. To encourage consumption of specific products, the school programme may also distribute processed fruit and vegetables, cottage cheese and natural yoghurt. However, EU aid will be spent mainly on distributing the first product groups mentioned.
Regarding applicants for subsidies for the supply and distribution of product (Article 8), these will be made by product suppliers that are interested in participating in the school programme. Occasionally, autonomous regions may decide whether schools are eligible to request the aid. The Autonomous Communities may also become suppliers for the schools in their territorial areas, directly managing the supply and distribution of products.
The Royal Decree also establishes the criteria related to eligible costs, annual EU funding applications and the accompanying educational measures.
Of the total of EUR 150 million per year allocated to fruit and vegetable distribution and EUR 100 million for distribution of milk and dairy products in the EU, Spain is eligible for EUR 12.9 million for fruit and vegetable distribution and EUR 6.3 million for milk and dairy products.