Update on future of the European School Milk Scheme
The School and Nursery Milk Alliance has met with officials within Defra to discuss the future of the European School Milk Scheme following the vote to leave the European Union. This confirmed the following:
- The Government will remain in the scheme until we leave the European Union – most likely during the 2018/19 school year
- They will implement some small changes to the scheme to reflect the requirements of the new EU rules, with a consultation starting in January 2017, ahead of the implementation date of July 2017. This will include some changes to the administration of the scheme, but the current aid level and range of products will remain the same
- Defra will also consult at the same time on the draft national strategy which needs to be submitted to the European Commission, but they don’t expect that this will make major changes to the scheme
- Once the new scheme is in place, then Defra will consider what to replace the scheme with once the UK leaves the EU, drawing on input from stakeholders across the sector. This will be a chance to more fundamentally re-think the scheme.
NDNA will continue to share updates as we hear them, and you can read more about the Nursery Milk Scheme here.