The Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 provides for a reduction in the budget for the European Food Aid Programme (PEAD) from EUR 500 million to EUR 360 million. The funds are apparently to be transferred to the European Cohesion Fund, the main objective of which is to promote employment, which is very different from the aims of the PEAD.
Reducing the PEAD budget will not address the needs of the most deprived people in the EU. The Member States implementing the programme have asked the Commission to provide EUR 675 million, i.e. twice as much as the Commission has planned.
Reducing this funding will have disastrous consequences in the form of food insecurity for the EU’s most deprived citizens, which will further increase the scale of poverty and disturb the present system of cooperation. Food is the basis of life; everyone should have access to it.
In this connection:
Why was the decision taken to reduce the PEAD budget?
Has the Commission drawn up a report on the negative impact of reducing the PEAD budget?
How does the Commission intend to tackle malnutrition and poverty in the EU?
How does the Commission believe the PEAD programme should be implemented within the framework of the EFS?