Outcomes of the Fighting the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property training

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Outcomes of the Fighting the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property training
19 June 2019

UNESCO and the European Union join forces with lawyers, police and customs officers to fight illicit trafficking in cultural property.

In November 2018, with the support of the European Union, UNESCO’s Secretariat to the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (the “1970 Convention”) launched the first-ever workshop for European judiciary and law enforcement authorities on the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property.

Nearly 60 representatives from 31 European countries attended the event and benefited from the contributions of international and national experts on various topics such as the economic and security consequences of illicit trafficking of cultural property, the international and European legal framework in this field, investigation and cooperation techniques, etc. The report focuses on the workshop’s outcomes through the recent successes and current issues that were identified for and by participating States, and European and international organisations. A toolkit for European Judiciary and law enforcement on Fighting the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property is also available here.

As result of the strenghtened cooperation, UNESCO and CEPOL co-organised a webinar in April 2019 related to cultural heritage protection and fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods. The objective of the webinar was to explain the importance of protecting cultural heritage by preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, and to illustrate this specific organised crime with real cases from law enforcement and judicial perspective. The webinar that received excellent satisfaction rate featured experts from Europol and the Spanish Regional Prosecutor Office and benefited to more than 200 participants from all over the Europe, demonstrating the growing interest in the topic.

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