A proposal for a Council Decision on the continued application of remote sensing to agricultural statistics during the period 1994-1998 has been published by the European Commission. The proposed Decision launches the second phase of the development programme on remote sensing applied to agricultural statistics. The operational actions to be continued concern the application of remote sensing in order to: - Provide pre-harvest estimates of acreages and the potential production of main crops at European or national level; - Facilitate the use of remote sensing by interested Member States with a view to improving their agricultural statistics systems. The activities which require further development during the second phase are covered by the Fourth Framework Programme for research and development. The operational actions should benefit from the technical and methodological improvements resulting from the development work and new research will be induced.