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.
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:
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.