In the context of the third Framework programme, Council Decision 91/679/EEC of 19 December 1991 adopts the work programme submitted by the Commission for the implementation of the specific RTD programme in the field of industrial and materials technologies (1991 to 1994). A Council Decision was required in view of the fact that the committee assisting the Commission did not deliver a favourable opinion on the draft document within the time limit set by the committee Chairman. Following up the BRITE/EURAM I and raw materials-recycling programmes, BRITE/EURAM II aims to strengthen the scientific base of European manufacturing industry. It directs RTD effort towards integration of all aspects of the life cycle of materials and products, taking account of the more severe constraints as regards acceptability of technological developments (environment, work conditions, adaptation of the workforce to technological change, new methods of management and organization). A schedule of activities, with indicative budgets for contracts, is appended to the document. Detailed objectives and research tasks described in the work programme include: - Materials/raw materials (raw materials; recycling; structural materials; functional materials for magnetic, superconducting, optical, electrical and biomaterial applications; mass commodity materials); - Design and manufacturing (design of products and processes; manufacturing; engineering and management strategies for the whole product life cycle); - Aeronautics (environment related technologies; technologies of aircraft operation; aerodynamics and aerothermics; aeronautical structures; avionic system technologies; mechanical, utility and actuation technologies); - Targeted research actions (environmentally friendly technologies; flexible and clean manufacturing).