On 11 July 1994, the Council adopted a Decision on inter-administration telematic networks for statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States (EDICOM). EDICOM (Electronic Data Interchange on Commerce) consisting of a set of measures to facilitate the conversion of regional, national and Community systems towards interoperable systems at European level. The measures will be carried out for the collection of returns on the trading of goods between Member States, the validation and pre-processing of such returns, and the dissemination of the statistics derived from them. The systems will be based on distributed information systems at regional, national and Community levels, the interoperability of which will be guaranteed by the development and use of harmonized standards and communication procedures. The systems will be based on the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for the transmission of statistical returns. EDICOM will run for five years from 11 July 1994. A sum of ECU 20 million will be made available for its implementation in 1994 and 1995.