In order to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable forms of energy, the European Commission has decided to provide Spain with a global grant of ECU 118.335 million from the European Regional Development Fund. The funds will go to areas of Spain which are lagging behind in their development (eligible under Objective 1 of the Community's Structural Funds), in particular Andalusia, Asturia, Castile-Leon, Castile-La Mancha, Ceuta and Melilla, Community of Valencia, Extremadura, Galicia, Canary Islands, and Murcia. Implementation of this funding will be the responsibility of the "Instituto para la diversificacion y el ahorro energetico" (IDAE), a central-government public body coming under the Ministry of Energy. The aid programme will run until the end of 1999. It is broken down into two parts: infrastructure in support of commercial activities, including energy supply and protection/improvement of the environment, and technical assistance.