Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS ASSESSMENT
The STOA Panel, which is an integral part of
Parliament´s structure, is politically responsible for STOA´s work. It
comprises 24 members with the right to vote:
the Vice-President of Parliament with responsibility for STOA;
6 members appointed by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy;
3 members appointed by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs;
3 members appointed by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety;
3 members appointed by the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection;
3 members appointed by the Committee on Transport and Tourism;
3 members appointed by the Committee on Agriculture;
1 member appointed by the Committee on Legal Affairs;
1 member appointed by the Committee on Culture and Education.
The members of the STOA Panel are appointed for a renewable
two-and-a-half-year period. The Panel is reconstituted in the beginning
and in the middle of each parliamentary term, following the appointment
of its members by the eight committees. Monthly Panel meetings are held in Strasbourg and can be followed via webstreaming.
The STOA Bureau oversees the running of the STOA activities and
prepares the Panel meetings. The STOA Panel in turn elects three
members of the Bureau: the Chair and two Vice-Chairs. The
Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for STOA is ex officio also a member of the STOA Bureau.
STOA´s operational responsibilities are with the STOA Secretariat, which is part the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) within Directorate C (Impact Assessment and European Added Value) of the EP's Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS). In addition to the STOA Secretariat, the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) comprises the Scientific Foresight Service, created in 2014.