The European Commission (Commission) has made certain amendments to its temporary community framework for state aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis. The temporary framework was produced at the end of 2008, on the basis of Article 87(3)(b) of the EC Treaty, which permits measures aimed at remedying a serious disturbance in the economy. One of the changes that has been introduced is the requirement that Member states have to show that measures notified under the framework are "necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance" in the economy of that Member State. The other amendment relates to the rules under which loan guarantees may be given and has added a new annex to the framework setting out its new "safe harbour" provisions.