The European Commission has invited interested parties to comment on its proposals to the Council to adopt new exemptions from state aid rules.  One of the proposed exemption categories relates to aid which has a social character in the transport sector.  Such notifications have been increasing over the past decade adding to the Commission's administrative burden.  Experience has shown that such aid projects do not raise any special difficulties. The Commission consequently believes that, subject to certain conditions, it should be possible to exempt this type of aid from the notification requirement. Comments on the Commission's draft proposal should be submitted by 9 November 2006.

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