This report describes and compares current practices of Parliamentary Technology Assessment (PTA) in Europe.
In particular Austria, Catalonia (Spain), Denmark, Flanders (Belgium), Germany, the Netherlands,Norway and Switzerland are looked at. For each country or region, one actual project is included as a case study, which further illustrates the ‘nuts and bolts’ of daily practice. Overall, reporting is based on interviews, institutional archives, websites, earlier descriptions and expert judgement. In the concluding chapter, the comparative analysis is extended to organisations in Finland, France, Greece, the European Union, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The study is carried out as part of the PACITA research and action plan, under the umbrella of the European FP7. PACITA stands for Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment