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Jun 11, 2018 10:50:57 AM
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[EU] Food safety in the future EU budget (2021-2027) (2018-06-07)

Following the adoption of the new Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027 on 2 May, the Commission adopted today the legislative proposal for a new Single Market Programme, which includes a specific "Food strand", with a total allocation of € 1.68 billion.
The Programme will serve as the EU’s main financial instrument to maintain a high level of health for humans, animals and plants along the food chain, guaranteeing an efficient and safe environment for citizens and businesses.
In the food area, the main objectives of the programme are:
 1.Preventing and eradicating animal diseases and plant pests;
2.Supporting the improvement of the health and welfare of animals;
3.Pushing for sustainable food production and consumption, and
4.Improving the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of official controls.

Based on the achievements and lessons learned from the current food safety programme, with a focus on the protection of human, animal and plant health, the actions that will be implemented will cover a wide range of topics, including veterinary and phytosanitary emergency measures to tackle outbreaks (like African swine fever and Xylella), activities to improve animal welfare, training sessions to make sure that officials in charge of the EU's food security are fully knowledgeable and activities to prevent growing challenges like food fraud and food waste.
Funding from the Single Market Programme will be complemented by other mechanisms, notably ESF+, Horizon Europe and Digital Europe. Moreover, the new Common Agricultural Policy will also include priorities in the food safety area. Last but not least, the Emergency Aid Reserve will also be available to respond to emergencies in the areas of animal and plant health.

More information:
 •EU budget for food safety policies
•Press release
•Single Market Programme legal text and factsheet
•Food Safety Factsheet