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Regional Workshop on Combating Illicit Cross-border Trafficking in Cultural Property in South East Europe

Description

The Italian OSCE Chairmanship together with the Transnational Threats Department/Border Security and Management Unit (TNTD/BSMU) and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro are organising the Workshop.

Subject
Trafficking in cultural property
Date(s)
-
Type
Workshop
Organizer
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit, OSCE Mission to Montenegro
Participants
Experts, International organizations, Private sector, NGOs
Keywords
trafficking in cultural property

Summary

The Workshop aims to raise awareness regarding illicit trafficking in cultural property and its impact on security and stability in the South Eastern Europe region. The participants will discuss various methods and best practices from the OSCE perspective and explore best mechanisms and tools that will enable them to respond to this serious transnational threat in a sustainable  manner in co-ordination with relevant national agencies, international organizations, private sector, and educational institutions.

Roster of  Experts

The pool of experts will represent the following organizations/states: 

  1. OSCE Secretariat/ Transnational Threats Department/Border Security and Management Unit;
  2. INTERPOL - Works of Arts Unit;
  3. UNODC - Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch,
  4. UNESCO
  5. WCO/ Customs Cooperation Expert
  6. EUROPOL
  7. Experts from OSCE Participating States’ respective services (Italy, Greece, Spain, US

Background

The OSCE participating States (pS), along with the OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC), are experiencing a dramatic upsurge in the unlawful looting of archaeological   sites   and   illicit   cross   border   smuggling   of   priceless   stolen   artwork, archaeological materials and antiquities. Trafficking in cultural property that in most cases is cross-border in its nature, has close linkages to transnational organized crime groups, international money laundering, corruption networks, and terrorist organizations.

Following the recommendations arising from the 2014 Annual Meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points (NFP) Network, in 2017 the OSCE Border Security and Management Unit (BSMU) developed the project titled “Combating Illicit Cross-border Trafficking in Cultural Property in the OSCE area”.

The project envisages a series of regional awareness raising workshops to be conducted for the Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation, Central Asian, South-Eastern European regions, Caucasus, and Asian Partners for Co-operation. The project aims at both the introduction of practical measures against this emerging transnational threat, while providing a platform for discussion, exchange of views, and identification of best practices and tools to counter this complex and multi-faceted phenomenon.

Kotor, Montenegro

Information

Date of creation
17 Jul 2018
Origin:
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Rights
OSCE