Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions
FRANCE - OFFICE PARLEMENTAIRE D'EVALUATION DES CHOIX SCIENTIFIQUES ET TECHNOLOGIQUES
Matters may be referred to the OPECST by the Bureau of either Assembly
(upon its own initiative, upon the initiative of the chairman of a
political group, or upon the initiative of 60 MPs or forty Senators),
or by a committee.
Until now, the topics dealt with have belonged to four main areas:
energy, environment, new technologies and life sciences.
Some matters referred to the OPECST have been reexamined for several
years, such as problems connected with the safety and security of
nuclear installations. Others have required the updating of one of the
OPECST´s previous reports (development of the semiconductor sector,
television with digital high-definition, high-activity nuclear waste,
etc.). The renewal of referrals on such matters has enabled the OPECST
to ensure a real follow-up of certain subjects.