The European Commission has extended the application of the current State aid rules (laid down in 2001) to cinematographic and other audiovisual works until 31 December 2009. Public support must meet four specific criteria to be approved by the Commission as cultural aid: (i) the aid must benefit a cultural product; (ii) the producer must be free to spend at least 20 per cent of the production budget in other Member States (Commission aims to limit territorial restrictions); (iii) the aid must be limited to 50 per cent of the production budget (except for low budget films) and (iv) aid supplements for specific film-making activities are not allowed.