The European Union has passed its proposals for the import licensing of cultural property – unfortunately taking a big step backwards in the process. IADAA continues to argue that the measures fail to meet the EU’s own standards of proportionality.
Interpol has launched its new website. There is an interesting development: Baseless statements on the importance of illicit trade in cultural property were removed. This is important as these statements have been used in political argumentation.
In December the latest World Customs Organisation Illicit Trade Report was published. Cultural Property are the most insignificant problem with 0.2 %. This begs the question: How is it possible that politicians know about these figures and nevertheless see a need for action?