Question: 

Why has the annual fee increased?

Answer: 

The level of the annual fee is determined to maintain a balanced budget and to safeguard the continuity of the operations of the CPVO. Exceptionally, from 2014 to 2016 the annual fee was reduced to enable the breeders to pay less for each year of protection and to reduce CPVO financial reserves.

As the financial reserve has now been brought to a reasonable level, for various reasons (including the fact that examination fees are not fully invoiced to the applicants and are subsidized out of the annual fee), the level of the annual fee has been adjusted accordingly.

Please note that, unless something unforeseeable happens, the level of annual fee should be stable for at least the period 2017-2021