Aid to the EU’s most deprived citizens for 2014-2020 

EU aid to the most deprived citizens will be prolonged until 2020 and maintained at €3.5 billion thanks to Parliament. The informal deal with the Council of Ministers, to be endorsed in a vote on Tuesday, ensures that the Fund is immediately fully operational, covering bills as from 1 January 2014.

The new programme for 2014-2020 replaces the Food Distribution Programme, which distributed food surpluses produced under the Common Agricultural Policy to those in need. The new fund aims to provide food and basic material assistance and to finance social inclusion measures for the EU's most deprived citizens.

Vote: Tuesday, 25 February

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading agreement

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