The European Union (EU) Council of ministers has reached a political agreement to drop all restrictions on the size of drinks containers except for wine and spirits where the present fixed sizes will mostly remain, including the standard 70cc wine bottle.

Ministers deleted amendments passed by the European Parliament that would have retained fixed EU pack sizes for drinking milk and ground coffee, preferring a laissez faire approach.

The agreement still has to be approved by the European Parliament, however, which has veto rights.

However Catherine Bunyan, European Commission enterprise spokesperson, said the EU member governments were unanimously agreed on the matter and doubted that any MEP "would now want to come out against free trade and fewer regulations in this area."