The European Commission, DG XII, has published a report entitled "Community research and technological development policy". The report deals with the main issues at stake in the European Union's Fourth Framework Programme for research and technological development and demonstration (1994-1998). The publication examines the objectives of the Fourth Framework Programme which aims to implement, through RTD activities, an overall approach to European competitiveness. In future this will be determined by the EU Member States' ability to meet a number of challenges, such as reinforcing the economic impact of investment in RTD and the harmonious development of human resources in step with technological progress worldwide. The report also provides an overview of the specific programmes under the Fourth Framework Programme and how these programmes will contribute to economic and social progress in Europe. The volume is a valuable guide for anyone wishing to have a clear view of the scope and content of the Fourth Framework Programme.