The European Commission approved Romania’s operational program which it drafted to access the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) worth EUR 441 million.
Romania will receive EUR 441 million between 2014 and 2020 for supplying poverty stricken individuals with food, sanitation and educational materials for children. The public budget will also provide EUR 75 million for the project.
“I warmly salute the FEAD program being adopted in Romania. Given that, up till now, food supply was scheduled before winter, the fund will provide a vital support to the people experiencing difficulties. I am also happy the project is targeting vulnerable children”, Marianne Thyssen said, European commission for labor, social affairs and professional motility.
Food deliveries will start this winter and beginning next year will happen twice a year. The program targets people living on welfare, senior citizens with small pensions and people with income that is less than 45 percent of the gross minimum wage.
Established in January 2014, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries’ actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived. This includes food, clothing and other essential items for personal use, e.g. shoes, soap and shampoo.
In real terms, over EUR 3.8 billion are earmarked for the FEAD for the 2014-2020 period. In addition, EU countries are to contribute at least 15% in national co-financing to their national programme.