Poland's shipbuilding industry suffered a major blow on 6 November 2008 when the European Commission (Commission) took a decision requiring the liquidation of Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards and the sale of their assets. The two shipyards have suffered financial difficulties since the 1990s and have received various forms of Government support over the years. Despite restructuring plans, the shipyards were still not commercially viable and the Commission took a decision not to permit the grant of further aid to prop up the failing companies. The decision is likely to be controversial, coming at a time when the Commission has approved aid for failing banks and in the light of approvals of aid over the past few years to shipyards elsewhere in Europe. The Commission claims that it applies the same rules across the board but that in the case of the Polish shipyards there was insufficient evidence that further restructuring would work.