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Thursday, 20 April 2023 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU Action Plan against Trafficking in Cultural Goods (debate)

  Vlad-Marius Botoş (Renew). – Mr President, Commissioner, dear colleagues, there are two important issues when we deal with this trafficking of the cultural goods. First is the cross-border character in most of the cases, and then the expertise needed to solve these cases.

An efficient approach implies cooperation at the European level, but also at international level. We need to have more than tools like modern, interconnected databases with all the stolen cultural goods so that the authorities and the experts in all the European Union know what to look for. We need to increase the cooperation and common training for the investigators involved in solving these cases and the cooperation with and amongst the cultural experts.

It is not just the economic value that we must protect, but also the historic one, taking into account the importance of these goods for our communities. Culture is a significant part of our lives. It is not only about identity, it develops the spirit of our community. So we need more cooperation and efficiency in dealing with this increasing problem.

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