The European Commission has today [Wednesday] adopted a proposal to help restore rural areas in the Czech Republic and Slovakia which have been heavily affected by the floods in mid August. In order to achieve this the Commission wants to amend the pre-accession instrument for agriculture SAPARD in such a way that the ceiling of public aid would be increased from 50% to 75% and the EU contribution from 75% to 85% of this public aid part for relevant SAPARD projects in the rural areas affected.