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Parliamentary questions
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16 June 2020
E-003599/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lefteris Christoforou (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Repatriation of antiquities

The destruction and theft of antiquities are an international crime. Traffickers can make massive illegal profits from stolen antiquities. Within the European Union itself, huge amounts of money change hands through large-scale trafficking of these items.

Cyprus, Greece and other EU countries are all major victims of the illegal antiquities trade. It is a heinous crime against the history and culture of the Member States.

In view of this, will the Commission take steps to crack down on antiquities trafficking in the EU and ensure the return of these stolen cultural treasures to the countries to which they belong?

Original language of question: EL
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