The European Parliament had a joint debate on the Commission's proposals for specific programmes of research and technological development and demonstration during the plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg on 3 May 1994. The EP will vote on 4 May 1994 on the specific programmes which have been proposed by the Commission and which have already been examined and passed with amendments by the Parliament's CERT(Committee on Energy, Research and Technology) committee. The vote will mark the completion of the European Parliament's deliberations on the 12 listed specific programmes. The programmes which were tabled for voting are the following: - Telematics; - Advanced communications technologies and services; - Information technologies; - Industrial and materials technologies; - Measurement and testing; - Marine sciences and technologies; - Agriculture and fisheries; - Non-nuclear energy; - Targeted socio-economic research; - Cooperation with third countries; - Stimulation of the training and the mobility of researchers. It is expected that the EP will vote to adopt all the specific programmes which have been tabled. This will allow continuity between the programmes of the Third Framework Programme and those of the Fourth Framework programme. These specific programmes have also been submitted to the European Council, which is expected to give its opinion towards the end of June this year. After the adoption by Council the specific programmes will then be in the hands of the Commission and the first implementation procedures can begin. This will be the convening of the management committee for each of the programmes which will have responsibility for the calls for tender, the first of which can be expected by 15 September 1994. The proposals for specific programmes which have not been placed on the agenda for the current plenary session will await the new Parliament in the autumn.