On 24 July 213, the Commission launched a public consultation on draft Guidelines on State aid to promote risk finance investments. Based on the results of a first consultation in July 2012, the draft Guidelines aim at clarifying how Member States can support the provision of risk finance to small and medium sized enterprises in order to strengthen legal certainty. They also propose more flexibility in defining eligible companies and forms of financing. Interested third parties are invited to respond to the Consultation by 17 September 2013.