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Parliamentary questions
6 February 2017
E-009212/2016
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

Member States have the responsibility for the definition of their health policy including promoting healthy and sustainable diets, concepts that to a large extent overlap and for which both consumption and production play an important role.

The Commission supports Member States' action to promote healthy diets in the framework of the comprehensive Strategy on Nutrition, Overweight, and Obesity-related Health Issues(1), the Health Programme(2) and through the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity(3) and the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health(4).

The Commission will continue such support namely by implementing the action plan of Childhood Obesity(5), supporting ambitious food reformulation efforts(6), and reinforcing the evidence base for action(7). All these initiatives will continue in 2017 and the Health Programme will increase the support to the Member States in the areas of reformulation and best practice in public procurement of food, among others.

In parallel, the School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme(8) supports the distribution of these foods among schools all over Europe, helping children to be introduced to healthy diets.

Horizon 2020, the framework Programme for Research and Innovation supports research encouraging a healthy and sustainable diet. A budget of 20 million Euros is foreseen in 2017 to finance projects on ‘How to tackle childhood obesity epidemic?’(9). It also supports the Joint Programming Initiative on ‘Healthy diet for a healthy life’ to coordinate European research on diet and lifestyles on health.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_determinants/life_style/nutrition/documents/nutrition_wp_en.pdf
(2)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014R0282&from=EN
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/high_level_group/index_en.htm
(4)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/platform/index_en.htm
(5)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf
(6)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/euframework_national_nutrients_en.pdf
(7)http://ec.europa.eu/horizon2020
(8)http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/school-scheme/index_en.htm
(9)http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/sfs-39-2017.html

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