EU to crack down on il­le­gal sale of cul­tural her­itage

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BRUS­SELS — The Euro­pean Union plans to tighten rules and en­force­ment on the il­le­gal im­port of art her­itage ob­jects which now are of­ten used to fi­nance ex­trem­ist groups.

The EU Com­mis­sion said Thurs­day it wants to ex­tend and toughen the bans on the im­port of cul­tural goods from war-torn third coun­tries which lack a strong cen­tral gov­ern­ment able to ex­ert con­trol over its her­itage ob­jects.

At the mo­ment, leg­is­la­tion among the 28 mem­ber na­tions is not stream­lined and of­ten in­ef­fec­tive against crim­i­nal gangs and ex­trem­ist groups seek­ing to make many mil­lions from stolen ob­jects in places like Syria or Iraq.

“By pre­vent­ing them from en­ter­ing the EU, we can help dry up this source of in­come,’’ said EU Com­mis­sion Vice-Pres­i­dent Frans Tim­mer­mans.

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