The European Commission has published a proposal for a council regulation to restructure the way it pays subsidy on canned tomatoes, which it wants to have in place for the next growing season. The biggest change in the proposal will be to pay aid directly to growers for tonnages of tomatoes delivered to packers, rather than paying processors to pay growers. The current quota system will be revised along the lines of the canned peach and pear regimes, which operate on production thresholds. These tonnages of fresh raw material, delivered to packers, will be increased by 10%, with a corresponding drop in funding per tonne to keep "budgetary neutrality." The value of the aid will be reduced by 9.1%, in anticipation of a production over-run during the first year. {{PROVISIONS }}