Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions
GREECE - GREEK PERMANENT COMMITTEE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
The Greek Permanent Committee of Technology Assessment (GPCTA) is a
parliamentary committee provided by the Standing Orders of the Hellenic
Parliament. Its scope is to study national affairs or issues of general
interest that emerge from technology development.
INSTITUTIONALISATION GPTCA is
instituted at the onset of every legislative period upon the
Parliament´s decision following a proposal of the government or the
presidents of the parliamentary groups. With the decision on the
composition of the committee, the Parliament determines the topic that
the committee will deal with and the deadline by which it will submit
its findings. The special committees are composed by the one tenth
(1/10) and up to the one fifth (1/5) of the total number of Members of
Parliament (article 42). Currently it consists of 25 Members of
Parliament representing all the parliamentary groups in the House.
Its task covers any matter within the sphere of research and
technology development in order to give advice on relevant strategic
issues. It is also entitled with the encouragement of international
cooperation on technology assessment. Article 43 A of the Standing Orders
of the Hellenic parliament provides also that the committee for the
accomplishment of its task may cooperate with similar institutions
functioning within the parliaments of other countries, encourage the
international cooperation and research on TA matters and proceed to the
exchange of information between the respective parliamentary
institutions on TA.
The scientific support of its work is undertaken by the
Directorate of Studies of the Hellenic Parliament. Several scientists
and research fellows participate in the discussion meetings of the
committee in order to present their points of view on TA matters.
ORGANISATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES (MISSION)
The committee, through
its work, tries to leverage the promotion of research, technology and
development in the country. The committee will support every significant effort
in research and technology development. An important mission is to inform the
citizens on developments in science and new technologies that take place both
in Greece and the »global village« through the committee’s reports.The main goals are:
- Highlight the importance of investment in research and technology
- Encourage the business community to invest in Reasearch, Technology and Development.
- Assist the Ministry of Education to promote the work of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT)
- Monitor the developments in scientific research and evaluate the benefit for society
- Contribute to decision making and strategies in Research, Technology and Development
Areas, to which the Committee devotes special attention and derive topics from, are:
In these areas seeks to:
- Environment: Innovative technological applications in the areas of protection and energy saving
- Transportation: Presentation of new and alternative technology applications in reducing fuel consumption
- Information and Communication Technologies: View of best practices in education and entrepreneurship
- Health: Promoting internationally recognized medical research and
technological applications in the areas of diagnosis, treatment,
medicines and pharmaceutical industries.
- Show good practices of cooperation of laboratory and applied research
- Encourage innovative practices in the production process
- Support winning international cooperation in research and technological development
- Promotion of good practice in support of the private sector in the work of research institutions
WORK PROCEDURES AND METHODS
The Committee, after
the topics are decided, organises meetings once or twice every month where the
MPs are informed by invited experts on various themes.
- the Ministry of Education and the
- the Educational Institutions and
- Entrepreneurs who invest in research
- Visits to research centres and
educational institutions in Greece and abroad are organised.
- The cooperation with similar
committees of parliaments of other countries, EU and other international
agencies, organisations, institutes and research centres is encouraged.
- Cooperation with other committees of
the Hellenic Parliament and particularly the Environment Committee with which
they have joint meetings when common issues occur.
A selection of topics in which the Committee was engaged recently:
- Genetically modified food
- Perspectives for the Hellenic satellite HELLAS - SAT
- Briefing on the activities of the National Centre for Marine Research
- Regulatory Authority on Energy
- Internet Addiction of children and teenagers
- Clinical Tests of Medicine
- Renewable Energy Sources
- National Programme on anti-seismic backing of existing buildings
- Digital Course of the nation through the Information Society
- Greek medical research and technology
- Research and technology in food production and the Greek agricultural production
- Greece´s participation in the European Programme for Infrastructure (HiPER)
- Participation in developing a national strategy for research and technology
The main target group where the Committee communicates its findings is the Hellenic Parliament.
All special standing committees after the study of a topic, submits a report to the Speaker.
Each committee at the end of every parliamentary year also submits a
report to the Plenary, which is recorded in the minutes and on which a
debate follows, without a vote at a special meeting at the beginning of
the next year.
COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICATIONSEvery report and its outcomes
together with the relevant supporting documents are kept in the
archives of the committee and deposited at the end of each
parliamentary year in the Archives of the Parliament. Those documents
are available to the public through the website of the Hellenic
Parliament (only in Greek).
IMPACTThe special standing committees or subcommittees may
decide or suggest an opinion when this is decided by the Conference of
Presidents according to the Constitution the Parliament´s Standing
Orders and the law or regulation of the relevant jurisdiction.
Any special Standing Committee may, during the preparation or
proposal of a law and before the second reading of the articles, to
give an opinion on a matter of great importance of that proposal, which
falls within its competence.
THE WAY AHEAD The committee has mainly an advisory role but
recently it was decided to examine more closely the Greek research and
development system. The committee follows, as much as possible, the
research and technology development in our country.
It tries to demonstrate the role of science, technology and
innovation and how these can change the development model of the
country on a path of sustainable growth and competitive economy. It
highlights the characteristics and the capabilities of the Greek
research system, which in turn will support the design of appropriate
Permanent Committee of Research and Technology Assessment
Directorate of Studies
Director: Prof. Costas Papadimitriou
Fon +30 210
373 5053, 5075
Fax +30 210 373 5077, 5070
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