European Parliament approves new provisions for the return of national treasures

16 Apr 2014 1:27 PM | Anonymous

European Parliament approves new provisions for the return of national treasures

Today the European Parliament voted in favour of a new directive to help EU countries organise the return of cultural objects that were unlawfully removed from their state and are currently located in another EU country. The new legislation aims at securing the recovery by an EU Member State of any cultural item identified as "national treasures of artistic, historic or archaeological value" which were illegally removed from its territory on or after 1 January 1993. It will give better protection to objects that form part of the cultural heritage of the Member States and will contribute to the prevention and fight against illicit trafficking in cultural objects.

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship commented: "The Member States' cultural heritage is a valuable asset. It forms part of Europe's rich and diverse cultural traditions. The new Directive shows the determination of the European Parliament to help Member States safeguard their national treasures and we are convinced that this initiative is also supported by the Council"

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