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The Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is greatly indebted to the Hungarian Government for kindly accepting to host this regional technical Meeting on Seed Policy and Programmes for Central and Eastern European Countries, Commonwealth of Independent States and other Countries in Transition.

We are especially grateful to the Martonvasar Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for its effort and competence in the organization of the meeting.

Special thanks are also addressed to the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Europe for its invaluable support in organizing the meeting.

Finally, we sincerely thank all the participants, resources persons, international organizations, government and non-governmental organizations, private seed companies and associations that responded to FAO’s invitation to attend this meeting.

Arturo Martinez
Chief, Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service
Plant Production and Protection Division
FAO, Rome

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