The European Council has published its Decision 94/807/EC of 23 November 1994 adopting a specific programme of research and technological development in the field of cooperation with third countries (1994-1998). The Decision sets the amount deemed necessary for carrying out the programme at ECU 540 million, which includes a maximum of 10% for the Commission's staff and administrative expenditure. The Decision contains the scientific and technological content and objectives of the programme, as well as the specific rules for its implementation. An advance notice of the first call for proposals was published on 15 December 1994. The full call for proposals is expected to be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 15 February 1995. The text of the advance notice, outlining the programme areas and objectives, can be found in RTD-News RCN 3463.