|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 151|
Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 regarding the treatment of non-EU cultural goods entering the customs territory of the Union.
This initiative aims to prevent the import and storage in the EU of cultural goods illicitly exported from a third country, thereby reducing trafficking in cultural goods, combatting terrorism financing and protecting cultural heritage, especially archaeological objects in source countries affected by armed conflict.
The Regulation, proposed by the European Commission on 13 July 2017, aims to:
In the framework of the 2015 European Agenda on Security and of the 2016 Action Plan to step up the fight against the financing of terrorism, the Commission announced that it would prepare a legislative proposal against illicit trade in cultural goods. The European Parliament and the Council welcomed the Agenda and the Action Plan and requested further intensification of work.
The intention to prepare a legislative proposal was also announced in a Joint Communication of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations. At the global level, this initiative should also be seen in the light of the declaration of G20 Leaders of 8 July 2017, in which they affirmed their commitment to tackle the alternative sources of financing of terrorism, including the looting and smuggling of antiquities.
|Subject Categories||Culture, Education and Research, Trade|
|Subject Tags||Cultural Heritage|
|Keywords||Cultural Goods | Antiquities, Illegal Trade | Smuggling, Terrorist Financing
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|