The European Union's common market organisation for wine could be replaced by a "de-coupled" system where EU wine production subsides are paid independently of the amount of wine produced or grapes grown, the European Commission's wine spokesman Johan Reyniers has told

Commenting on plans to spend some €450m next year on the conversion and restructuring of vineyards, he said a confirmed a new plan for wine would be announced by Brussels next year.

"I would not be surprised if it's a fundamental reform and it's well possible that we'll go to de-coupling. Then there will be no question any more of support for restructuring " Reyniers said. In spite of expenditure of over €2m since 1999, there is still serious overproduction of wine in the EU.