ANGERS, France: The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) is charged with the preparation of candidate countries for their accession to the EU with regard to the Community plant variety rights system.
For this purpose, crop experts from Albania received in August and September practical training in the conduct of the technical examination of tomato, cabbage and onion varieties at the Polish examination office COBORU and the Czech examination office UKZUZ.
As in every year, experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey were invited to participate in the crop experts’ meetings held at the CPVO.
On 12 November 2013, the Office gave a presentation in the congress ‘Intellectual Property Rights in Plant Breeding’ in Antalya, Turkey.
Croatia, EU member since July, still profits from the special funding provided for EU candidate countries until November 2014. The Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99 will be integrated in the scheme of preparatory activities for EU accession as from February 2014. The Office will meet with the Kosovar authorities on 5 February 2014 to identify particular needs and to agree activities.