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Parliamentary questions
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2 August 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002946/2018

The Commission supports Member States' action to address childhood obesity in different EU policies and instruments. For example the strategy on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues(1), the Health Programme(2) and, the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health(3). Cyprus is a member of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity(4) and has validated the action plan on Childhood Obesity(5) as well as the most recent annex on added sugars which complements the general EU Framework for National Initiatives on Selected Nutrients(6).

The Commission supports the implementation of the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity(7). The EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017 promoted physical education in schools and the Erasmus+ programme funds projects promoting physical activity, including the European Week of Sport.

By promoting responsible marketing to children(8) and improving consumer information(9) the Commission promotes healthier diets. The EU school scheme supports the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk to schools across the EU as part of a wider programme for healthy eating(10). The technical report on Public Procurement of Food for Health(11) contributes to promote healthy diets in schools.

The Commission has recently launched a study on the exposure of children to marketing of food high in fat, sugars or salt(12).

The research programme Horizon 2020(13) has devoted EUR 75.5 million to 51 projects on obesity and offers additional opportunities(14),(15) such as the project BigO(16). Under the Work Programme 2017, EUR 20 million were dedicated to tackle childhood obesity epidemic(17). The EU funds projects CO-CREATE(18) and STOP(19) in the area of childhood obesity.


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