MEPs voted against a plan to cut aid to the EU’s poorest people in a parliamentary motion on Wednesday.
EU countries, along with the European Commission, suggested slashing cash for the most deprived people from 3.5 billion to 2.5 billion euros.
The new fund is set to be in place by next year to replace an EU food distribution programme.
This scheme will have a much broader scope and bailout countries will receive extra help, as Emer Costello, a left-wing MEP from Ireland, explained.
“It is normally that Member States will have to find 15 percent but in the case to say of countries which are already very hard pressed, countries that are in programs such as Greece, Portugal and indeed my own country, Ireland, we will receiving European aid then the contribution from those countries could be 5%, and the EU funding will cover up to 95 percent,” she told euronews in an interview.
Member states would apply to the Commission for the money and seek approval on how they would deliver the aid.
The amendments made by MEPs in Strasbourg will still require the approval from EU leaders.