This 2017/2018 school year, the Royal Decree 511/2017 of May 22nd takes effect, which will roll out the new rules of the European Union (EU) in Spain to promote the consumption of fruits, vegetables and milk in schools. According to this decree, “there is still a downward trend in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and milk consumption, therefore these regulations establish the need to focus distribution as a priority in these products , although Member States may decide to distribute products processed from fruit and vegetables and other milk products without the addition of flavoring, fruit, nuts or cocoa, or fermented milk products and milk-based drinks. “
The program recipients will be those who regularly attend a school in the following categories: kindergartens or other preschools and primary and secondary schools, in particular, kindergartens, primary schools, primary and secondary schools, secondary education institutes and special education centers, as well as other educational centers that educational administrations determine.
Schools participating in the school program must advertise on school premises, at the main entrance of the school, or at a place where it is possible to see and read clearly, through publicity posters determined by the competent authorities, that the said program is subsidized by the European Union.
The EU aid will be used to distribute fresh fruit and vegetable products, as well as bananas and consumer milk and lactose-free versions in these schools. Likewise, in order to promote the consumption of specific products, processed products with fruits and vegetables and curd cheese bases and natural yogurt may also be distributed in the school program.
Of the total 150 million euros per year for the distribution of fruits and vegetables and 100 million euros for the distribution of milk and dairy products at the EU level, the development of the school program in Spain is entitled to 12.9 million euros in fruit and vegetable distribution and 6.3 million euros in milk and dairy products.
Applicants for aid for product supply and distribution
In Article 8, the new regulation indicates that aid for the supply and distribution of products will be requested by the suppliers of those who are interested in participating in the school program. Interestingly, autonomous communities will be able to determine that the aid can be requested by schools. Autonomous communities can also be considered providers for schools in their territorial area, directly managing product supply and distribution.