"Euroabstracts" is published each month by DG XIII of the European Commission. It provides abstracts of Community RTD publications in addition to a review of RTD results, policies and activities. In the January 1995 issue, an article examines the role of technology and society in Europe, with particular reference to EU initiatives in technology assessment (in the framework of the Interfaces II and III of the VALUE programme). Two studies on the contribution of the framework programmes examine whether the competitiveness of European industry has been improved by the programmes. A new section on book reviews looks at recent Community publications. The present issue reviews books on the following topics: - Quality promotion in Europe; - JET 1993: A year of consolidation; - Bathing water gets better; - Measuring progress: Experience in the use of verifiable objectives; - BIOTECH programme: Biotechnology of lactic acid bacteria. A review of recent literature on science and technology rounds up the recent publications in the Netherlands on RTD policy and results. In addition, an article presents the new Expressions of Interest service offered by CORDIS in relation to the Information Technologies specific programme under the Fourth Framework Programme.