(30 October 2014) – The European Commission has approved today the Latvian and the Lithuanian Operational Programmes to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).
Latvia will receive €41 million and Lithuania will receive €77 million in the period 2014-2020 to support the provision of food and other basic hygiene and household items to those most in need in the country. In Latvia, this sum will be complemented by €7.2 million from national resources. In Lithuania, this sum will be complemented by €13 million from national resources.
Launched in January 2014, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) aims to break the vicious circle of poverty and deprivation, by providing non-financial assistance to some of the EU’s most vulnerable citizens. The FEAD is worth €3.8 billion in the 2014 to 2020 period.
The FEAD will support all 28 Member States’ actions to provide a broad range of non-financial assistance to the most deprived people – be they individuals, families, households or groups of such persons. This assistance can include food, clothing and other essential goods for personal use such as shoes, soap and shampoo. It can also be used for actions that encourage social integration.