The European Commission has approved aid worth EUR 14 million proposed by France for the research and development programme PAMELAT (“pointe avant mixte Latécoère”). The programme will be conducted by Latécoère, a group operating in the aeronautics sector. The PAMELAT programme concerns research and development of composite materials for aircraft nose sections, and will cost EUR 33 million over a period of three years. It was selected in March 2007 by the French Directorate-General for Enterprise in the context of a call for proposals in the field of composite materials. Following an in-depth examination, the Commission concluded that the aid to be granted to Latécoère is compatible with the Single Market. The grant is particularly justified by the project’s high level of uncertainty and risk of market failure.