STOA - 25 years at the service of European policy making





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Published on Mar 10, 2013

STOA stands for Science and Technology Options Assessment. It is an official body of the European Parliament, launched 25 years ago, in 1987. STOA's work is governed by the STOA Panel, which consists of 15 MEPs: the Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for STOA and members appointed by six different parliamentary committees.
STOA's mission is to ensure that European policy-making is supported by sound scientific evidence. Scientific evidence and advice are often needed to underpin decision-making, as developments in science and technology have potential implications across many policy areas. When the Members of the European Parliament consider that it would be helpful in their policy-making role to seek out expert, independent assessments of the various scientific or technological options in the policy sectors concerned, then STOA is at their disposal.
STOA's activities mainly concentrate on strategic topics and societal challenges such as:
 Future energy and transport scenarios
 Sustainable society, covering for instance food security and sustainable agriculture
 Developments in Information and Communication Technologies, including ethical
implications of social media and e-democracy
 Future prospects in health and life improvements

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