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C 82/80 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 17. 3.

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(98/C 82/131) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2441/97


by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission
(16 July 1997)

Subject: EU Milk Availability Scheme

How does the Commission promote and guarantee the Milk Availability Scheme in order that every European
child who has ‘eligible beneficiary status’ may receive access to the provision of milk?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(5 September 1997)

The Community’s main role in the operation of the school milk scheme is to provide for the necessary legal
framework and for appropriate budgetary resources in order to facilitate the application of the scheme throughout
the Community. Whether a child attending a particular school has access to subsidized school milk or not will
ultimately depend on initiatives taken by the school, by milk suppliers or by national or local authorities to apply
the scheme.

(98/C 82/132) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2442/97


by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission
(16 July 1997)

Subject: EU Milk Availability Scheme

Does the Commission have comparative statistics on the amount of milk provided through the Milk Availability
Scheme in all Member States?

How much more or less milk is provided in countries with privatized distribution systems?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(10 September 1997)

The table below gives the total quantity of milk and milk products distributed under the Community school milk
scheme during the 1995/1996 school year in each Member State. These quantities are influenced by several
elements, such as the number of eligible pupils, the pro capita consumption of milk in the Member State, the
tradition of drinking milk at school, the practical organisation of the scheme, and specific initiatives taken by
suppliers or local and school authorities to promote the scheme. Given this wide range of influences, the
Commission is not able to assess the impact of privatised distribution systems on the uptake of school milk.

Total quantity of milk


and milk products
Member State distributed
during the 1995/1996 school year
(tonnes)

Belgium 12946
Denmark 14438
Germany 92137
Greece 0
Spain 21900
France 49936
Ireland 6015
Italy 6210
Luxembourg 244
Netherlands 13185
Austria 4672
Portugal 14146
Finland 12932
Sweden 37152
United Kingdom 67989