|Vice President Antonio Tajani|
Thursday, December 8, 2011
European Union Seeks Comments Relating to Cultural Property Protection
The European Commission (EC) of the European Union (EU) says in a November 29, 2011 press release that it is seeking comments on "on ways to improve the safe-keeping of cultural goods and the return between Member States of national treasures unlawfully removed from their territory." The EC consists of a representative group of Commissioners who serve as the executive body of the EU.
The European Commission's public statement adds that it "launched a public consultation on ways to improve the safe-keeping of cultural goods and the return between Member States of national treasures unlawfully removed from their territory. The consultation will provide an insight into the views of public authorities, citizens and other stakeholders on the most effective way to facilitate such return."
EC Vice President Antonio Tajani is quoted as saying: "Today, the illicit trafficking of cultural property is a major problem, going beyond a significant economic dimension, to affecting the core of our cultural identity. I share the increased concern of citizens and Member States and I am working to improve the situation. Please be a part of this effort and let us have your comments and ideas".
Contact information regarding where to send comments may be found here [Update 1/24/12: this link apparently has been suspended]. The deadline is March 5, 2012.