The European Commission has authorised the Czech government to provide state aid for transport-related research and development (R&D). The Commission decided that the proposed aid is 'compatible with the proper functioning of the common market'. The funding will be used to create incentives to carry out transport R&D with the ultimate aims of increasing traffic safety, mitigating the effects of transport on health and the environment, developing infrastructure and promoting different types of transport systems. The overall budget for the initiative amounts to nearly €11 million. State aid will amount to 100 per cent of eligible costs for fundamental research, 75 per cent for industrial research and 50 per cent for pre-competitive research.