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EU to Help Georgia Systemise Agricultural Crop Varieties

On 10-13 April, an expert from France will visit Georgia as part of the EU’s assistance to the country to establish a national catalogue of plant varieties.

When Georgia adopted its ‘Law on Allowing the Use of Agricultural Crop Varieties Subject to Mandatory Certification and Seed Production’ in 2017, it requested assistance from the European Commission’s Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX).

This expert mission is the first TAIEX activity scheduled within a series of events aimed at creating a national catalogue of plant varieties in Georgia. The objective of the four-day mission is to process and examine the subordinate law acts on creating a national catalogue and to identify relevant EU legislation for this purpose. Additionally, the participants will receive training on a variety of registration methods according to DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) and VCU (Value for Cultivation and Use) testing results.

The event is organised by TAIEX in co-operation with the country’s the Ministry of Agriculture.

TAIEX is a demand-driven tool that supports partner countries with the adaptation of national laws, regulations and quality standards to match those of EU Member States in the framework of Cooperation or Association Agreements signed with the EU. In the Eastern Neighbourhood, TAIEX works with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.