Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the import of cultural goods
The Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on the import of cultural goods aims to regulate the import of a broad range of cultural goods over 250 years old into the European Union. The proposal’s stated objective is to reduce trafficking in cultural goods illicitly exported from their country of origin, protect cultural heritage and combat the financing of terrorism. . The proposed Regulation consists of four main elements: A common EU definition for ‘cultural goods’ at importation covering a broad range of objects which are at least 250 years old The introduction of a new licensing system for the importation of cultural goods most at risk: archaeological objects, parts of monuments, ancient manuscripts and incunabula (early printed books) The requirement of an importer statement for other categories of cultural goods, declaring the goods have been exported legally from a non-EU country. Customs authorities would have a duty to seize and retain goods where importers cannot demonstrate that the goods in question have been legally exported from a non-EU country.