"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. The August issue presents the achievements and goals of the EU's Measurements and Testing programme, which has contributed significantly to the harmonization of a wide range of technical standards and measurements. The article reviews the programme and future activities under the Fourth Framework Programme. The issue also examines a recent report on the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Framework Programme for enhancing the international competitiveness of European industry. A section on new publications includes reviews on "European achievements in agricultural research: FLAIR and ECLAIR", "Environmental research evaluated: STEP and EPOCH", Environmental radioactivity in the European Community, as well book reviews on climate change and radionuclides. The August edition includes some 35 pages of abstracts of recent Community publications on research, science and technology. These cover a wide range of subjects: chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and technology, energy, life sciences, materials, mathematics, computers and telecommunications, nuclear science and engineering, and physics.