The European Commission announced in December that the temporary framework for state aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis will be extended into 2011. What this means is that certain forms of aid can be granted without prior notification to the commission. Notably however there was a provision that allowed aid up to €500,000 to be granted without notification but this has now been reduced to €200,000 for applications made after 31 December 2010.