Reformed scheme for fruit and milk in schoolsTo promote healthier lifestyles and combat obesity among school children, the European Commission has proposed to merge two separate EU schemes for the distribution of milk and fruit in schools under a joint framework. Children across the EU should get the benefit of better-funded school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes, along with better education on healthy eating. A draft new law to this end, provisionally agreed with EU ministers in December 2015 and approved by Parliament in March, will merge today’s separate EU school milk and fruit schemes and boost their combined annual budget by €20 million to €250 million a year. Listen to the Plenary podcast Reformed scheme for fruit and milk in schools [Plenary podcast]
Market access to port services and financial transparency of portsIn a third attempt to liberalise the EU’s port services, the European Commission has set sail for an long-awaited modernisation of port services offered by the EU’s 329 main seaports. Draft rules designed to boost the efficiency and cut the cost of services supplied at EU maritime ports, such as mooring and towage, were voted by Parliament in March 2016. Ensuring transparency in the setting of fees for using port services and infrastructure, and in any public funding that ports receive, should help to prevent price abuse and market distortions and thus boost trade, MEPs say. But current port service arrangements could remain, provided they meet minimum requirements, they add. Listen to the Plenary podcast Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports [Plenary podcast]
The longer Policy podcasts of March 2016 focussed on The Digital Single Market and the situation in Syria.