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European Conference on EU Plant Variety Rights in the 21st Century
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European Conference on EU Plant Variety Rights in the 21st Century

Date: 11 October 2011
Venue: Van Maerlant building, rue Van Maertlant 2, 1000 Brussels

Dear Visitors,

DG 'Health and Consumers' will organise the above conference in order to communicate and discuss the results of the evaluation of the EU legislation on Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) and the way forward. The idea is to have a clear view on the position of the various stakeholder groups with regard to the recommendations made in the evaluation report. This input should help the Commission in the elaboration of its action plan for the possible review of the CPVR legislation and in the identification of issues on which an impact assessment needs to focus.

A system for the protection of plant variety rights was created by EU legislation in 1995. T he Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) was established to run the regime on granting plant variety right protection valid throughout the EU. T he CPVO has granted around 30 000 Community plant variety rights to many varieties of different plant species. Today around 18 500 rights are still in force as some plant varieties are only commercialised for a short period.

We face the dual challenge of feeding a growing world population at a time when the globe experiences climate changes that will inevitably impact agriculture and livelihoods. New and improved plant varieties are pivotal in ensuring better yields and adaptability to changing climatic and environmental conditions, thereby contributing to long-term food security. In addition, biological diversity is an essential source of material for breeding food- and other crops. Intellectual property rights such as CPVR foster the investment environment in the research and development of new and improved plant varieties to the benefit of farmers and society in general.

Paola Testori Coggi

Paola Testori Coggi
Director General

Registration for the conference has been closed as the maximum number of participants has been reached.