The European Commission has, under the State aid rules of the EC Treaty, authorised the second in a series of aid measures for businesses adopted by Luxembourg to deal with the current economic crisis. This measure enables the Government to grant aid to businesses until 31 December 2010 in the form of guarantees for investment and working capital credit likely to have a structural impact on the national or regional economy. The guarantees granted under this aid scheme will last for ten years at most. Businesses which were in difficulty before 1 July 2008 are not eligible.