The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty State aid rules, a Dutch measure to help businesses to deal with the current economic crisis. Authorities at national, regional and local level may grant aid of up to €500 000 per firm in 2009 and 2010 to businesses facing funding problems because of the current credit crunch. The scheme is intended to increase possibilities to give timely and well targeted aid to SMEs and large companies and will therefore significantly contribute to remedying the current financial and economic crisis.