The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) encourages innovation in plant varieties by meticulously processing applications for Community plant variety rights at affordable costs, while giving its stakeholders policy guidance on and assistance with exercising these rights. Protecting new plant varieties throughout the EU helps uphold breeders' interests and ensures that their investments in research and innovation are profitable.
The Office's President reports to an Administrative Council comprising:
The Office is a self-financing EU agency and the Administrative Council is its budget authority. Its duties include:
The Office comprises 3 units (administrative, technical and legal) and support services.
The EU plant variety rights system is the most extensive of its kind worldwide. Since 1995 it has processed over 53,000 applications and granted over 41,000 Community plant variety rights. This shows how attractive the system is to breeders keen to market their varieties throughout Europe.
The Office has close links with:
The main target groups are: