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Representative Institutions

Understood as a form of political counseling, a series of TA institutions were founded by some Western European parliaments. Among these institutions are the following:

  • Scientific and Technical Options Assessment (STOA), by the European Parliament (1985)
  • Office Parlementaire d'évaluation des choix scientifiques et technologiques (OPECST), France (1983)
  • Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) or Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (1990)
  • Rathenau Institute, Netherlands (1986)
  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), United Kingdom (1989)

There are also parliamentary institutions in Denmark, Austria, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain, which in the near future will join this circle of parliamentary counselors in the cooperative European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA). Some Eastern European countries, in particular Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, have also established independent TA institutions. Of...

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