HSI Rome supports preparation for US-Italian bilateral agreement renewal

02 Mar 2015 8:41 AM | Anonymous

HSI Rome supports preparation for US-Italian bilateral agreement renewal

For 14 years, the United States and Italian governments have been in a bilateral agreement that protects Italy’s cultural heritage by imposing import restrictions on pre-classical, classical and Imperial Roman archaeological material.

The two countries have maintained a successful working relationship over the years. As a result, every five years since 2001, the agreement, also known as Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cultural Property has been renewed - with amendments - for a five-year period.

With the current MOU expiring in January 2016, representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Rome office, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy to Italy’s Cultural Affairs Office, recently supported a visit by Dr. Catherine Foster, a program analyst for the Department of State Cultural Heritage Center, in preparation for yet another five-year renewal. 

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