The European Commission commenced a mid-term review of its Framework on state aid for research, development and innovation (R&D&I Framework). The R&D&I Framework has been in force since 1 January 2007 and is applicable until 21 December 2013, but includes a provision requiring the Commission to take stock of developments three years after adoption. On 10 August 2011, the Commission published a staff working paper which summarised current R&D&I activities in the EU, including statistics for aid granted both under the Framework and under the relevant provisions of the General Block Exemption for state aid. It also highlights areas where experience has indicated a need for clearer guidance. During autumn 2011, a wide-ranging consultation with stakeholders will be launched preparatory to a revision of the R&D&I Framework in 2013.