The European Commission published a Communication explaining its approach to assessing restructuring aid given by Member States to banks. The approach is based on three fundamental principles: i) aided banks must be made viable in the long term without further state support, ii) aided banks and their owners must carry a fair burden of the restructuring costs and iii) measures must be taken to limit distortions of competition in the Single Market. The guidelines are in force until 31 December 2010.

The European Commission has authorised payment of state aid of €450 million for France Télévision, but opened a formal investigation to examine whether the funding mechanism for France Télévisions for 2010 and beyond complies with these rules.