Ensuring EU support for the Fight against Poverty
While budgetary discussions between the European institutions for the period 2021-2027 are currently ongoing (the so-called "multiannual financial framework"), French MEP and Vice-President of the Renew Europe Group Sylvie Brunet, also a member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, stresses the need to maintain European aid in the fight against poverty.
" Last year, 113 million people in the European Union were living in material deprivation. Of these, 35 million were living in extreme poverty. In this context the European Union is committed. It supports, in particular via the FEAD (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived), the actions carried out by food banks and the distribution of meals to the deprived. This support is not negligible: the FEAD makes it possible to finance on average one third of food aid in France and, by way of example, one meal in four distributed by the Restos du Coeur.
In the context of the budget negotiations, I am particularly concerned about the fact that the Commission and the Council are proposing a reduction in the minimum share of the European budget that would be set aside for food and material aid. That is why I am fighting, together with my colleagues in the Renaissance delegation in the European Parliament, to raise the percentage of support provided for in the European budget to help the most deprived. Indeed, we are proposing to raise from 2% to 3% the minimum level of resources that the Member States will have to allocate to social inclusion measures and food aid. Clearly, France will be able to go beyond this minimum threshold in order to support more people in need. As part of these negotiations, the European Parliament will also continue to demand that the amounts earmarked for social inclusion and for combating material deprivation be increased. This is necessary to ensure a social Europe."