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Food and Feed Safety (16-10-2009)

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants meets in Geneva on 19-22 October

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) will hold the meetings of its Administrative and Legal Committee, Consultative Committee and Council from the 19th to the 22nd of October in its headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland).
 
Two main issues will be discussed at the Consultative Committee and the Council meetings of UPOV: the replacement by consensus of the current Chairman of these two bodies, and the clarification on the procedure for the appointment of a new Vice-Secretary General of UPOV as from 1 December 2010. 
 
The European Community will participate to these meetings as full member of the UPOV since 2005, together with 23 of its Member States which are also full members. Currently, UPOV comprises of 66 States and the European Community. 
 
UPOV was established by the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The Convention was adopted in Paris in 1961 and it was revised in 1972, 1978 and 1991. The objective of the Convention is the protection of new varieties of plants by an intellectual property right.
 
For more information visit: http://www.upov.int/index_en.html