The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its plans to extend the Cinema Communication until 31 December 2012. The EU State aid rules set out strict rules on the granting of State subsidies to private companies. The Cinema Communication sets out how EU governments can legally provide State support for films produced in the European Union. It also enables national governments to require producers to spend a proportion of the funds made available in the country that provided the aid. In addition, the Commission will consult on how the film industry should be supported in the future. Comments should be sent to the Commission by 30 November 2008.