"Europe's science and technology: Towards the 21st century" is the title of a new brochure presenting an overview of the European Union's RTD initiatives. The European Union supports research activities specifically aimed at promoting, coordinating and extending cooperation between Member States. These activities form part of the Union's Fourth Framework Programme for research and technological development and demonstration (1994-1998). The programme is intended to improve the quality of life and to make European business more competitive. By taking into account the impact of technological developments on people's lives, the research activities are aimed at assessing and managing the impact of science on society. By helping to create a true "Europe of science and technology", the Union's support for research does not just mean more research: it means better research.