Since 2013, the UK's controlled foreign company (CFC) rules include an exception for certain financing income (i.e. interest payments received from loans) of multinational groups active in the UK (the Group Financing Exemption). Under the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, EU Member States are prohibited from granting economic support (through financial assistance or in any other form) to companies to the disadvantage of others in a way that would distort competition and trade within the EU. The Commission has stated that it "has doubts whether the [UK] Group Financing Exemption complies with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission has doubts whether this exemption is consistent with the overall objective of the UK CFC rules".