CVPO said: "Preparing and positioning the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) for the years to come requires the ambition to be a key player in the evolving Intellectual Property and plant variety landscape, the openness to developing as an organisation on the basis of a partnership approach and the necessary financial and human resources to best serve our stakeholders.
"In this context supporting stakeholders in accessing, using and exploiting the IP system for the protection of plant varieties on the basis of a cost-efficiency approach remains an important challenge for the CPVO. Working together with its stakeholders, the network of Examination Offices, of the EU Agencies and other IP players the CPVO has promoted the sharing of information and expertise and has helped implementing EU policies more efficiently and responding to particular needs identified by the EU institutions and Member States."
A draft proposal for the strategic plan is available to finalise for presentation to the CPVO Administrative Council meeting in March 2017. The strategic plan will serve as the framework for the multiannual programming documents. One issue is "the public opinion about benefits of variety protection beyond the immediate economic relevance to individual breeders, such as more choices for consumers, response to environmental challenges and food security, is often due to misunderstanding or lack of information".