The European Commission has launched a proposal to set up an EU-wide scheme to provide school children with free fruit. The Commission is making EUR 90 million per annum available to fund the scheme. Member States wishing to participate in the scheme will have to provide at least 50 per cent of the funding but this may be reduced to only a 25 per cent contribution in low income areas. The Commission is launching this scheme as part of its drive to tackle childhood obesity. The programme is scheduled to begin at the start of the 2009 to 2010 school year.