The European Commission, DG XXII, has published an advance notice concerning the second call for proposals relating to the implementation of Chapter III, Action 3, Point 1 (questions of common interest concerning the education policy) of the European Community action programme for cooperation in the field of education (SOCRATES). The SOCRATES programme was adopted on 14 March 1995 (Decision 819/95/EC; OJ No L 87, 20.4.1995). Action III.3.1 of this programme involves questions of common interest concerning the education policy. This action falls within the context of a series of steps aimed at improving and facilitating the exchanges of information and experiences in the field of education among countries participating in the programme. Under this action line, the Commission intends to provide financial aid for three types of activities: - The drawing up of studies and analyses on themes of common interest; - The implementation of operational activities such as expert exchanges, colloquiums, workshops or pilot projects on these themes; - The realization of measures (aimed at diffusing the results of this action and the results of studies and analyses with a common interest) other than those backed directly within the context of this action. The first call for proposals relating to the implementation of Action III.3.1 of the SOCRATES programme covering 1995 was published on 26 July 1995 (OJ No C 192/11 of 26.7.1995 and OJ No S 140 of 26.7.1995). Contrary to initial plans, the second call for proposals, which will involve all activities to be financed from the 1996 budget, will be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities in February 1996. The time limit for submitting proposals will be set at three months after publication of the call for proposals in the Official Journal. As in 1995, the priority themes to be handled will be detailed in the call for proposals. The specific themes will be the object of an agreement between the Commission and the SOCRATES Committee. Participation in the SOCRATES programme is open to all European Union Member States as well as to the EFTA countries which have adhered to the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement.