Community Plant Variety Office is hiring a new President
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ANGERS, France: The Community Plant Variety Office informs its stakeholders that the vacancy notice for the role of President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (Ref: CA 379, 10 November 2020).

The post is available from 1 September 2021 for an initial mandate of 5 years, with a possible extension for a maximum period of 5 years according to the Regulation establishing the Office as applicable at the time of appointment. The place of employment is Angers, (France), where the CPVO is based.

The application process and recruitment procedure are entirely managed by the European Commission, and the deadline for applications is 10 December 2020, 12:00 noon CET time. Eligibility criteria and instructions for filing an application are detailed in the vacancy notice.

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In 25 years, the CPVO has processed more than 70,000 applications and granted more than 55,000 Community plant variety rights. Today, more than 28,000 new plant varieties are protected in the EU by the CPVO.

The creation of the EU plant variety right (PVR) system was a good decision for Europe. One application, one procedure, one technical examination and one choice for an EU-wide PVR valid for all EU Member States.

The basis for CPVO’s system is the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), it is the most extensive and most efficient cross-national system for PVR protection.