30 Mar 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 30 MARCHBrussels Daily
EU to provide milk to 350,000 Syrian children
Today the European Commission adopted a €30 million programme to provide 350,000 Syrian children with drinking milk, as part of the already substantial aid provided by the EU to those in need as a consequence of the crisis in the region. The funding for this latest programme is part of the €500 million support package for European farmers presented by the Commission in 2015, which represented a substantial response by the Commission to support European farmers. It will be used to buy milk which should originate in the EU. As well as supporting European farmers through the purchase of drinking milk, the €30 million programme will also contribute significantly to the major challenge posed to the EU by the refugee crisis. The milk will be distributed to Syrian children and will reinforce an already operating food distribution programme for school children financed by the EU in Syria. “This new programme will help hundreds of thousands of Syrian children in need. We must remain committed to helping the most vulnerable victims of the conflict. This additional support will go to humanitarian partner organisations working in the country.” said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan also said: “I am pleased that the Commission has today adopted this programme, which is an integral part of the Commission’s €500 million support package for European farmers. This new programme delivers on two Commission priorities – to support farmers at a very difficult time, while also ensuring that we remain fully focused on the major challenge posed by the ongoing refugee crisis.” More information in the press release and factsheet is available online.