The European Commission appears to favour a sharp cutback in the European Union's (EU) wine-producing capacity as part of its solution for the crisis in the sector. The Commission will announce its reform plans on 21 June, but rumours in Brussels, confirmed to by officials, say that the plan will cut wine-growing areas in the EU by 400,000 hectares from the present 3.4m hectares, through a five-year grubbing up programme.