The Commission has prolonged a regulation exempting certain categories of aid from prior Commission scrutiny (the General Block Exemption Regulation “GBER”). The current GBER was adopted in July 2008 and is in the process of being revised. As the current regime was due to expire at the end of 2013, the Commission has prolonged it by six months, until 30 June 2014. The new GBER is expected to enter into force on 1 July 2014. Member States can continue to apply existing schemes until 30 June 2014, provided they had previously submitted the summary information sheets required for implementing schemes under the GBER to the Commission and the scheme is not substantially amended. Source: Commission Press Release 29/11/2013