The Competitiveness Council reached, at its meeting of 30 May 2013, a political agreement on an update of the two main regulations governing the EU’s state aid rules: the Enabling Regulation (994/98) and the Procedural Regulation (659/99). The updates are a part of a broader reform initiated in 2010 after the presentation of the Commission communication on the EU state aid modernization. The proposed changes to the Enabling Regulation would allow the Commission to apply a simplified control to certain categories of aid without weakening efficient supervision and monitoring. The Enabling Regulation would also cover new types of aid such as aid granted to culture or aid to repair the damage caused by natural disasters. The Procedural Regulation would be updated with complaint-handling and market information tools seeking to better focus the Commission actions on cases with a significant impact on competition and trade in the internal market. The Commission proposes clarifications, inter alia, to the requirements for filing a complaint, granting the Commission powers to acquire information from the market players and conducting state aid inquiries. The Commission foresees the completion of the reform by the end of 2013. Source: Competitiveness Council Press Release 30/5/2013