On 11 December 2008, the European Commission (Commission) has published for consultation, its draft Best Practice Code (Code) for the conduct of State aid procedure. The aim is to improve the effectiveness, transparency, timing and predictability of procedures. Among the proposals are: provisions for enhanced pre-notification contact; a simplified procedure for straightforward cases; and agreed planning timetables with Member States for complex ones. Of particular interest to businesses are the proposals to make summaries of notifications available on the Commission’s website and a more predictable and transparent system for dealing with complaints. The Commission is also in the process of setting up an Economic Crisis Team to provide swift review of State aid measures intended to deal with the crisis in the economy. The Commission has sent a strong political message to Member States indicating that for the Code to work effectively, it would require their co-operation.