Implementing the Nagoya Protocol by national legislation in the countries of Europe, statement, asking the European Commission and the Member States to support the adoption of uniform legislation across Europe for the exchange and use of Plant Genetic  Resources by applying the multilateral system enshrined in the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). In this way these resources would be subject to the standardized material transfer agreement procedures, which are considered of key importance to sustain future research and breeding activities.

Access to Digital Sequence Information must remain open; calling upon the convention of parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), national and EU decision makers to maintain Open Access to Digital Sequence Information as part of the ‘Open Science’ principle and therefore NOT to include this in the Nagoya Protocol as this would substantially decrease the analysis and improvement of germplasm including that of plants from Developing Countries.

Funding opportunities for Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) at PAEPARD Blog covering areas such as: 1. Agriculture; 2. Agribusiness; 3. Bio-diversity, environment, climate change; 4. Fellowships/scholarships/grants; 5. Awards.

Plant Biology Europe Congress, Copenhagen 18-21.6.2018 – Join lively debates in the Science Communication Workshop on Mo, 18 June 13:15 – 14:15 and in the Open Science - Science policy Panel Discussion on Tu, 19 June 13:15 – 14:45. Program on the Official conference pageEPSO Information. One day and full registration open.

Proposal for the Specific Programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) – for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council. Specific Programme proposalAnnex to SP proposal. Provide feedback to EC until 2 August 2018 to be summarised to EP and Council.