The objectives of AEGIS are set out in the MoU. They are in essence to create an integrated system for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Europe, aimed at conserving genetically unique accessions that are important for Europe and making them readily available and easily accessible for breeding and research. Ex situ conservation of those accessions, called European Accessions together forming the European Collection, will be carried out in accordance with common agreed quality standards, independently of where the accessions are physically located, and will be made available in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Treaty.

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