The Council of the European Union will hold its 1,716th session (Research) on 6 December 1993 in Brussels. Topics under discussion include: - The Fourth Framework Programme for RTD (EEC) and the Framework Programme for research and education in the field of atomic energy (EAEC); - The 2nd Protocol of the Cooperation Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC), Japan, the Russian Federation and the United States on activities concerning the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); - A Council Resolution on the future of test reactors in the Community. With regard to the Fourth Framework Programme, it was considered that the Council might reach a Common Position on this subject, following the European Parliament's examination of the Commission's proposal on 12 November 1993. However, at that Session, the Parliament voted in favour of increasing the overall budget for the Framework Programme from ECU 13.1 billion to ECU 13.7 billion. It is therefore possible that a Common Position may not be established by the Council until further discussion has taken place.