Successes and challenges of CPVO – interview with Martin Ekvad

Martin Ekvad


Next year, the Community Plant Variety Office which will celebrate its 25th anniversary. On this occasion, the organization recently published on its web page a video interview with CPVO President Martin Ekvad.

Martin Ekvad speaks about the major successes and challenges of the Community Plant Variety Office. Among the subjects covered, CPVO President highlights the benefits of the European Union system for Plant Variety Protection (CPVR), explains CPVO’s international outreach activities, and describes its involvement in the Horizon2020 INVITE R&D project. Finally, the interview touches upon the issues of New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) and Essentially Derived Varieties (EDVs).

This 10-minute long video interview was organised by the specialised media EuropeanSeeds and recorded on the margins of the Euroseeds Annual Congress 2019 which took place in Stockholm last month.

In order to be mobile-friendly, English subtitles are available by clicking on the relevant icon under the video.

Martin Ekvad took office as President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in 2011.  Prior to his elevation to the position of President, he held the position of Head of the CPVO Legal Unit from 2003. Mr. Ekvad has a law degree from the University of Lund in Sweden 1993 and an LL.M. from King’s College in London UK 1994.

Source: Community Plant Variety Office