Aid to the Most Deprived

Out of the 116 million people in the EU who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, about 40 million are suffering from severe material deprivation. This proposal would establish a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived to complement the existing instruments of the EU (social) cohesion policy. In Ireland, this fund helps to support organisations such as Focus Ireland and the Simon Community in their efforts to distribute food to the most deprived.

We are now in the process of negotiating the specifics of the fund:

  • If it should be voluntary or mandatory for Member States to participate in the fund?
  • What is the budget?
  • How much should Member States contribute to the applications

Many of these issues will be negotiated in the Parliament and I will be taking part in all of these negotiations as the representative of my political group ALDE.

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