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Access and Benefit Sharing

Legislation

EU ABS Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in the Union was adopted on 16 April 2014. Implementing the mandatory elements of the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union, it entered into force on 9 June 2014 and applies from the date the Nagoya Protocol itself entered into force for the Union, i.e. 12 October 2014.

For information on possible access measures adopted by EU Member States, please consult their country profile on the international ABS Clearing-House.

Designated Competent Authorities under the Regulation EU (No) 511/2014

The following designated Competent Authorities in the EU Member States are responsible for implementing the EU ABS Regulation (new information will be added here as soon as it is communicated to the Commission).

 

Bulgaria

Ministry of Environment and Water (for access to genetic resources from natural flora and fauna)
22 Maria Louiza Blvd, Sofia 1000
Tel: +359 2 940 61 94
e-mail: minister@moew.government.bg
website: http://www.moew.government.bg/?&lang=en

Ministry of Agriculture and Food (for access to agricultural and forestry genetic resources)
55, Hristo Botev Blvd, 1040 Sofia
Tel: +3592 985 11 858 or +359 2 985 11 384
website: http://www.mzh.government.bg/mzh/en/Home.aspx

Ministry of Economy (for access to genetic resources from industrial microorganisms, viruses and cell cultures)
8 Slavyanska Str., 1000 Sofia
Tel: +359 2 940 70 01
website: http://old.mee.government.bg/eng/

Denmark

Danish Nature Agency,
Ministry of Environment and Food, Haraldsgade 53, Copenhagen 2100
Tel: +45 72 54 30 00
e-mail: nst@nst.dk
website: http://eng.naturstyrelsen.dk/

Germany Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Konstantinstr. 110, 53179 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228 8491-0
Fax: +49 (0)228 8491-9999
e-mail: info@bfn.de
website: https://www.bfn.de/01_wir_ueber_uns+M52087573ab0.html
Hungary National Inspectorate for Environment, Nature and Water
Mészáros utca 58/a, 1016 Budapest (postal address: Pf. 675, 1539 Budapest)
Tel: +36 1 224 9100 fax: +36 1 224 9163
e-mail: orszagos@zoldhatosag.hu
website: http://orszagoszoldhatosag.gov.hu/
Lithuania Ministry of Environment
Jakšto g. 4/9, 01105 Vilnius
Tel: +370 5 266 3661 (or 3660 or 3662)
Fax: +370 5 266 3663
e-mail: info@am.lt
website: http://www.am.lt/VI/en/VI/index.php#r/113

Romania

National Environmental Protection Agency,
Splaiul Independentei, nr.294, Corp B, Sector 6, Bucharest, Cod 060031
Tel: +40 (0)21-207.11.01; (0)21-207.11.02
fax: (0)21-207.11.03
e-mail: office@anpm.ro
website: http://www.anpm.ro

Slovak Republic Slovak Environmental Inspectorate (Slovenská inšpekcia životného prostredia)
Jeséniova 17D, 831 01 Bratislava
Tel.: 00 421 2654 22 408
Fax.: 00 421 2593 04 191
e-mail: sizp@sizp.sk
website: http://www.sizp.sk/
Sweden Swedish Environmental Protection Agency,
Valhallavägen 195, SE-106 48 Stockholm
Tel: + 46 10 698 10 00
e-mail: registrator@naturvardsverket.se ; registrator@swedishepa.se
website: http://www.swedishepa.se/

UK

NMRO Enforcement Authority,
Stanton Avenue, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 OJZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7227
website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/abs

 

Commission Implementing Regulation

The Implementing Regulation contains measures on some specific aspects, as provided for in the EU ABS Regulation, in particular registered collections, best practices and monitoring of user compliance. It was adopted by the Commission on 13 October 2015, with entry into force on 9 November 2015.

The Implementing Regulation was developed with the support of the EU Member States' representatives in the ABS Committee. Before presenting its draft Regulation to the Committee, the Commission also gathered input from stakeholders on a discussion paper and its annexes reflecting ideas to be included in the draft. Subsequently stakeholders were invited to submit written comments on the paper. Some 50 organisations participated in this targeted consultation (click on the links in the list to see written submissions). The Commission prepared short summaries of stakeholders' written submissions and of its proposal for taking into account the views expressed during the consultation.

Register of recognised best practices

"Best practices" in the sense of the ABS Regulation (Art. 8) are procedures, tools or mechanisms, developed and overseen by associations of users or other interested parties, which – when effectively implemented – help users of genetic resources to comply with the obligations of the EU ABS Regulation. The procedural requirements for the recognition of best practices are set out in the Implementing Regulation. Once recognised as such by the Commission, best practices will be included in a dedicated register.

Register of collections

The procedural requirements for the registration of collections of genetic resources (Art. 5 of the EU ABS Regulation) are set out in the Implementing Regulation. Once Member States have recognised any collections under these provisions, they will be included in a dedicated register.

Guidance documents and Consultation Forum

A guidance document on the scope of the EU ABS Regulation is currently being developed. Additional sectorial guidance documents will be developed in 2016.

As part of the work for the horizontal guidance document on the scope, a report on utilisation practices among the upstream actors (collections, researchers at universities, etc) was prepared by a contractor.

The issues raised in the guidance document under preparation by the Commission were also discussed in the Consultation Forum, the first meeting of which was held in January 2016.