The Administrative Council

The Administrative Council is the budgetary authority of the CPVO, it monitors the CPVO activities and the management of its President, adopts general guidelines on matters for which the Office is responsible, advises the CPVO management, submits to the European Commission proposals for amendment of Community legislation on Plant Variety Rights and may issue rules on working methods of the Office.

The CPVO Administrative Council was established by the Council Regulation (EC 2100/94) and normally meets two times a year. It is composed of a representative of each Member State and a representative of the European Commission, and their alternates.

The tasks of the Administrative Council

The Administrative Council is in particular responsible for:

  • Adopting the Budget
  • Examining the management report of the President
  • Entrustment of Examination Offices
  • Discharging the President on the implementation of the budget
  • Validating the Technical Protocols
  • Granting of compulsory licenses
The composition of the Administrative Council

The Administrative CouncilThe Administrative Council consists of a representative of each EU Member State and a representative from the European Commission, and their alternates. The representatives from the Member States have voting rights. Member States appoint the members and their alternates.

The Chairman and his deputy are selected among its members; the duration of their terms of office is three years and their mandate is renewable.

The Administrative Council of the CPVO has adopted rules of procedures to allow non-governmental organizations operating in the sphere of plant variety protection under the Community plant variety protection system to send observers to its meetings.

Main Conclusions of the Administrative Council from 2011 onwards
Rules of procedure of the Administrative Council

 

Administrative Council Members

Country Member title First Name Last Name Sector/Department Position Alternate Member
AT Austria Mr Peter ZACH Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirstschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft Referatsleiter
Mr
Klemens
MECHTLER
Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH
BE Belgium Mr Björn COENE Office de la Propriété Intellectuelle Attaché
Vacant
BG Bulgaria Mrs Bistra PAVLOVSKA Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Chair Administrative Council) / Executive Director
Mr
Todor
GADEV
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Secretary General
CY Cyprus Mr Christos CHRISTOU Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment Agricultural Officer
Mr
Christos
NICOLAOU
Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment
Officer
CZ Czech Republic Mr Daniel JUREČKA Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture Director of Plant Production Section
Mrs
Radmila
ŠAFAŘÍKOVÁ
Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture
Director of National Plant Variety Office
DE Germany Mr Udo VON KROECHER Bundessortenamt President
Mr
Hermann
FREUDENSTEIN
Bundessortenamt
Head of Section National and International Variety and Seed Affairs
DK Denmark Mrs Kristine RISKÆR The Danish Agrifish Agency Director of Centre for Plants & Agricultural Holdings Act
EE Estonia Ms Laima PUUR Agricultural Board Head Variety Department
Vacant
ES Spain Ms Esther ESTEBAN RODRIGO Subdirectora General de Medios de Producción Agrícolas (MPA) y Oficina Española de Variedades Vegetal (OEVV) Deputy Director
Ms
Bibiana María
RODRÍGUEZ SENDÓN
Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
Subdirectora General Adjunta de Medios de Produccion Agricolas y OEVV
EU EC Mr Ladislav MIKO European Commission Deputy Director General - DG Health and Consumers
Mme
Dorothée
ANDRÉ
European Commission
Head of Unit - DG Health and Consumers
FI Finland Mrs Tarja HIETARANTA Finnish Food Safety Authority Plant Breeders Right matters
Mr
Matti
PUOLIMATKA
Finnish Food Safety Authority
Director, Plant Production and Health
FR France Mr Alain TRIDON Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Assistant Director of Quality and Plant Protection
Ms
Raphaëlle
MALOT
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
In charge of the seed sector, plant selection
GB United Kingdom Mr Andy MITCHELL Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) Head of Plant Varieties and Seeds Director of APHA
Mr
Michael
WATTS
Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
Policy Advisor
GR Greece Mr Elias PILATOS Ministry of Rural Development and Food Agricultural scientist
Mrs
Anna
GEORGOULA
Ministry of Rural Development and Food
Agricultural scientist
HR Croatia Mr Ivica DELIC Ministry of Agriculture Head of the Department of Plant Varieties and Propagating Material
Vacant
HU Hungary Mr Zoltán CSŰRÖS National Food Chain Safety Office DUS expert Sunflower, Flax and Linseed contact person concerning field crops
Mr
Szabolcs
FARKAS
Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
Vice-President for Technical Affairs
IE Ireland Mr Donal COLEMAN Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine Controller of Plant Breeder's rights
Mr
David
CUMMINS
Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine
Assistant Agricultural Inspector
IT Italy Mrs Ivana PUGLIESE Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi Expert
Vacant
LT Lithuania Ms Sigita JUCIUVIENE State Plant Office under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania Head of Plant Variety Division
Mrs
Rasa
ZUIKIENE
State Plant Office under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Deputy Head of Plant Variety Division
LU Luxembourg Mr Marc WEYLAND Administration des Services Techniques de l'Agriculture Director
Mr
François
KRAUS
Administration des Services Techniques de l'Agriculture
Ingénieur-chef service de l'horticulture
LV Latvia Ms Inga OVSJANNIKA State Plant Protection Service Senior Officer of Division of Seed Certification and Plant Variety Protection
Vacant
MT Malta Ms Maureen DELIA Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change Head - Research & Policy Unit
Mr
Mario
CARDONA
Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change
NL Netherlands Mr Marien VALSTAR Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Landbouw en Innovatie Directoraat-Generaal Agro - Directie Plantaardige Ketens en Voedselkwaliteit (Vice-Chair Administrative Council) Sectormanager
PL Poland Mr Edward GACEK Research Centre for Cultivar Testing Director General
Mr
Marcin
BEHNKE
Research Centre for Cultivar Testing
Deputy Director General
PT Portugal Mrs Paula CRUZ DE CARVALHO Ministerio da Agricultura, do Desenvolvimento Rural e das Pescas Head of Plant Health Directorate
Mrs
Claudia
Direção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária
Head of Plant Health Department
RO Romania Mr Mihai POPESCU State Institute for Variety Testing and Registration Director
Mrs
Mihaela Rodica
CIORA
State Institute for Variety Testing and Registration
ISTIS
SE Sweden Mr Jens WEIBULL Swedish Board of Agriculture - Plant and Environment department Officer
Mrs
Carina
KNORPP
Ministry for Rural Affairs - Animal and Food Division
Senior Adviser
SI Slovenia Mrs Joži Jerman CVELBAR Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, Directorate for Agriculture Agriculture Directorate
Mrs
Helena
RAKOVEC
Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection
SK Slovakia Mrs Bronislava BÁTOROVÁ Central Controlling and Testing Institute in Agriculture (UKSUP) Senior Officer responsible for national and int'l coordination
Mrs
Ĺuba
GAŠPAROVÁ
Central Controlling and Testing Institure in Agriculture (UKSUP)