Luxembourg receives EU funds to feed poor

Luxembourg received €460,000 in aid from the European Commission to help provide food and basic assistance to poor households as part of coronavirus relief measures.

The money forms part of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). It supports member countries to provide food, clothing and other essential items, such as shoes or soap, to those in need.

“Between 2014 and 2020, the FEAD in Luxembourg supported 71,640 beneficiaries with an envelope already incurred of some €3.5m,” the Commission said in a statement on 20 August. “The additional React EU allocation aims to address possible new requests entailed by the social consequences of the pandemic.”

React EU provides €50.6bn over the course of 2021 and 2022 to finance social cohesion programmes in member countries as part of pandemic relief.

The commission in April last year amended FEAD regulation to include protective material under essential items, not only for the most deprived themselves but also for those delivering aid.

National governments oversee how the money is spent, often in collaboration with non-governmental organisations. The FEAD complements resources allocated by member countries, providing up to 85% in matching funds.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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