Food and Feed Safety (01-08-2006)
Community Plant Variety Office appoints Bart Kiewiet as President
DG Health and Consumers
Mr Bart Kiewiet took up his second term in office as President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) on 1 August 2006, following nomination by the Council of Ministers, European Commission and Administration Council of the CPVO.
Mr Kiewiet, of Dutch nationality, was first nominated President of the CPVO in 1996. His re-nomination for a further term follows an open competition. Prior to taking up this position at the CPVO, Mr Kiewiet was Vice-President of the Trade and Industry Board of the Netherlands. He combined this function with the presidency of the Dutch Board for Plant Breeders’ Rights.
The CPVO started its activities in June 1995. Since then the EU plant variety protection system has grown steadily, resulting in the granting of more than 17,000 EU plant variety rights. Recently, the Community Plant Variety Office registered its 25,000th valid application for Community plant variety rights.
The Community protection system provides breeders with a ‘one-stop shop’ for registering plant breeds across the EU, rather than having to apply in each MemberState. The system managed by the CPVO has become the largest of its kind in the world.