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Parliamentary question - E-004367/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-004367/2021(ASW)

Answer given by Ms Kyriakides on behalf of the European Commission

1. The Commission, together with the community plant variety office, carried out an analysis. The findings reveal the technical difficulties in breeding for the species concerned, requiring expenditure of research activities for a long period, the length of the multiplication of propagating material, the time needed for new varieties to reveal commercial value and the late stage for return for investments in research activities, in comparison with other horticultural or agricultural crops. The analysis concludes that, for the species of asparagus and for the species groups flower bulbs, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals, the duration of protection should be extended by five years in order to establish a legal environment conducive to achieving an equitable refunding of research and breeding.

It is expected that this would lead to further breeding activities for the species concerned, which in turn would result in an increase of the number of new plant varieties with improved characteristics available for the consumer.

2. The technical analysis is not publicly available, but could be provided upon request.

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