Claim European milk subsidy – Labour MEP call

Cute little girl drinking milkAn East Midlands MEP is calling on the government to look again at claiming the European milk subsidy for under-fives.

Glenis Willmott believes that the present review of the European school milk scheme by the European Commission presents an excellent opportunity for the UK government to push for changes to the rules to enable the existing subsidy to be claimed once again, to help support the UK’s own Nursery Milk Scheme.

Responding to a request from the School & Nursery Milk Alliance, Glenis has been raising the issue of nursery milk with the Government for a number of months.

She explained: “In 2010, the Department of Health ceased to claim the EU subsidy available for nursery milk. They had failed to comply with various requirements under the rules, which led to them having to refund the EU. They claimed that the rules made it too difficult to claim the subsidy, despite offers from some members of the School & Nursery Milk Alliance to make the claim on the government’s behalf.

“We all know it’s important for the health and development of young children to drink milk, and the EU has offered a subsidy for many years.

“I do understand that the EU rules on these matters can be problematic. However, the existing EU fund is accessed successfully by many other European countries and I hope that the government will take the opportunity of the present review to look again at ways that the UK can also benefit.

11 April 2013

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