OPECST - Office Parlementaire d´Evaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Technologiques
Created by a law passed in 1983, the Parliamentary Office for Evaluation
of Scientific and Technological Options works well upstream of the legislative
process with the aim of informing and enlightening decisions made in Parliament
and strives to present its work in such a way that it can be directly used
for legislative work or budgetary debates.
Structure of the Office
The Office is a joint delegation of the two assemblies, consisting of eighteen
deputies and eighteen senators, selected in such a way as to ensure proportional
representation of the different political groups.
Organisation of operations
Matters can be referred to the Office by the bureau of either assembly, either
at the request of the chairman of a political group or at the request of 60
deputies or 40 senators, or by a special or permanent commission. The submission
of matters to the Office is restricted to Members of Parliament, and they alone
can decide whether or not it is worthwhile to start a programme of study on
a given subject.
The Office is assisted in its work by a Scientific Committee made up of 24
leading people chosen for their expertise in scientific and technical fields.
OPECST assists the French Parliament in many ways by :
-Publishing reports focus on current science and technology issues and aim to anticipate policy implications for parliamentarians;
-Conducting public hearings to stimulate debate on a wide range of tropical issues;
-Organising symposiums to deepen information of Parliament.
For a detailed presentation of the Office methodology see :OPECST's practice as regards scientific expertise.
For a detailed presentation of the Office in english see : http://www.senat.fr/opecst/english.html or http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/documents/index-oecst-gb.asp.
A power point audio slide show is also available in english.
Please note that OPECST's work programme changes several times a year - see :http://www.senat.fr/opecst/eng/index.html or http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/commissions/opecst-index.asp.
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Chairperson : Mr Bruno SIDO, Senator (Senate)
First Vice-Chairperson : Mr Jean-Yves LE DEAUT, Deputy (National Assembly)
Office Parlementaire d´Evaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Technologiques
103, rue de l'Université
F-75355 Paris Cedex 07 SP
Tel: +33 1 40 63 70 56/65
Fax: +33 1 40 63 70 95
Assemblée nationale : Mr Eric SZIJ
Sénat : Mr Philippe DALLY
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Homepage : http://www.senat.fr/opecst/english.html