The Council of Ministers for Education held a meeting on 21 June 1994 in Luxembourg. The meeting was presided by Mr. Dimitrios Fatouros, Greek Minister for National Education. The Council agreed on a common position on the SOCRATES programme. After formal adoption, it will be sent to the Parliament in accordance with the co-decision procedure. The SOCRATES programme, 1995-1999, aims to contribute to the development of quality education and an open European area for cooperation on education. The programme shall cover three areas of Community action: - Area I: Higher education (ERASMUS); - Area II: School education (COMENIUS); - Area III: Horizontal activities in the areas of language learning (LINGUA), open and distance learning, and information exchange (EURYDICE and ARION). Its specific aims are: - To develop the European dimension in studies; - To promote knowledge of the languages of the European Union; - To promote cooperation between institutions in the Member States; - To increase mobility for EU teachers and students; - To encourage contacts between students in the Union; - To encourage the academic recognition of diplomas and other qualifications; - To encourage open and distance learning; - To promote exchanges of information and experience. The Council has agreed to allocate ECU 760 million to the programme's implementation; 55% is provided for Area I actions, 10% for Area II, and 25% for Area III. At the Council meeting, Mr. Ruberti discussed the Framework Programme for research and development and its links with education and training. A more detailed discussion will take place at the next Council session.