The 5th International Conference on the Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property Stolen in Central and Eastern Europe took place from 18-20 September in Wieliczka with 125 participants from 21 member countries, as well as representatives of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the World Customs Organization. The Polish co organisers of the conference included the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, the Police Chief Headquarters, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The Polish side was represented by the National Heritage Board of Poland and the Centre for the Protection of Public Collections. The possibilities of the Board’s cooperation with the police were presented by the Board’s employees Paulina Florjanowicz and Marcin Sabaciński. Among the recommendations passed, the conference participants were urged to establish closer domestic and international cooperation aimed at the protection of national cultural property. They agreed to implement the Basic Actions drawn up by Interpol, UNESCO and the International Council of Museums to determine the illicit sale of cultural objects over the Internet, and to communicate to Interpol information about cultural property thefts, stolen or recovered objects, and details on the individuals and networks involved in illicit trafficking. Member countries were also recommended to extend access to Interpol’s database of stolen works of art to all law enforcement agencies investigating cultural property crimes.
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