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Farm-Saved Seed Seminar, 4 March 2020 in Tartu, Estonia

Illustration: Wheat stalks on a red background.

The Community Plant Variety Office together with the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia and the Estonian Agricultural Board are pleased to invite you to the seminar on Farm-Saved Seed.

The seminar will take place in Tartu, Estonia on 4 March 2020.

The main objective of the seminar is to enhance the understanding of farmers regarding the Farm-Saved Seed (FSS) system in Estonia and surrounding countries where breeders face challenges in collecting royalties on FSS from protected varieties. The seminar will focus on the situation in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland.

In addition to these national experiences, representatives from Euroseeds and Copa-Cogeca have also been invited to give presentations. Farmers, producers, variety representatives, variety owners, lawyers and officials are all invited to the seminar.

We look forward to welcoming you to Estonia.

The seminar is free of charge.

Agenda and practical information


Seminar agenda
Time Agenda item
9:00–9:10 Opening address. Toomas Kevvai, the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia
9:10–9:20 Welcome by CPVO. Martin Ekvad, CPVO
9:20–9:25 Introduction by the moderator. Jens Weibull, the Swedish Board of Agriculture
9:25–10:00 "Plant industry in Estonia/Baltic States". Margus Ameerikas, Baltic Agro AS
10:00–10:20 "Introduction to the EU PVP system". Martin Ekvad, CPVO
10:20–10:40 "The EU system of Farm Saved Seed". Garcia-Monco Fuente, CPVO
10:40–11:00 "Benefit of a PVP system".Dirk Theobald, CPVO
11:00–11:10 Questions & Answers
11:10–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–12:05 "EE PVP System and Variety listing". Laima Puur, The Agricultural Board of Estonia
12:05–12:40 "FSS in the EU and challenges in enforcing PVRs". Szonja Csörgo, Euroseeds
12:40–13:05 "Challenges for Royalty collection in Estonia". Karen Rätsep, Estonian Seed Association
13:05–14:15 Lunch
14:15–14:20 Introduction to the afternoon session. Simo Sepp, the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia
14:20–14:45 "How are royalties collected for FSS in Lithuania?" Vytautas Ruzgas, The Lithuanian Seed Association
14:45–15:10 "How are royalties collected for FSS in Finland?" Tarja Hietaranta, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira
15:10–15:35 "How are royalties collected for FSS in Sweden?" Jens Weibull, The Swedish Board of Agriculture
15:35–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–16:25 "Views of Estonian farmers organisation". Roomet Sõrmus, Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce
16:25–16:50 "Farmer’s experience". Andres Oopkaup, Estonian Farmers Cooperative KEVILI
16:50–17:15 "Views of European farmers organisation". Thor Kofoed, Copa-Cogeca
17:15–17:25 Conclusive remarks and Closing. Simo Sepp, the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia
17:30–... Cocktail offered by the CPVO

General information


The conference will take place in Tartu, Estonia at the V Spa Hotel and Conference Centre (Riia 2, Tartu).


Attendees can book their accommodation at the V Spa Hotel. For a hotel reservation, please send an email to with the keyword „CPVO“. This keyword can be used to make reservations until 3 February 2020.


For attendees arriving by car, the most convenient places to park are the two P2 underground floors of the Kvartal Centre. Entrance to the parking garage is located at both Turu and Soola streets. The parking area is operated automatically and open 24/7.

Good to know

The working language of the conference is Estonian. Interpretation will be provided from English to Estonian and vice versa. Presentations will also be translated.
The official currency of Estonia is the euro.
Tourist information: General information about Estonia –
Weather: the average temperature in Southern Estonia in March is around 0 to -5 °C.
Time zone: GMT +2.
Emergency number: 112.


Getting to Estonia

Tallinn Airport has direct connections to many major European cities. List of airlines flying to Tallinn is available on the Tallinn Airport homepage. The homepage also offers information about transport to and from the airport within city limits (menu option “Transport”).
Port of Tallinn has direct connections to Helsinki, Stockholm and St. Petersburg. Ship schedules and ticket information is available on the port's homepage.
Tartu Airport currently has a direct connection to Helsinki. The distance from Tartu Airport to the city centre is ca 10 km. Information about transport to and from Tartu Airport within city limits is available on the airport’s webpage.

Getting to Tartu

Information on how to get to Tartu from Tallinn is available at More information, including travelling to Tartu from abroad, is available at
Information on inner city bus transport, including timetables, bus routes and tickets, is available at


Estonian Agricultural Board

Community Plant Variety Office

Véronique Doreau,

Logos of the seminar organisers (Ministry of Rural Affairs, Agricultural Board, Community Plant Variety Office)


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