EU Action Plan against trafficking of cultural goods adopted

On 13 December, the European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan against trafficking of cultural goods. For the years 2023-2025, the Action Plan will provide a clear, comprehensive and effective framework to the EU's contribution to the fight against trafficking of cultural goods.

The Action Plan focuses on four strategic objectives:

  • It proposes how to improve prevention and detection of crimes by market participants and cultural heritage institutions.
  • It lists actions aiming to strengthening law enforcement and judicial capabilities.
  • It proposes how to boost international cooperation on combatting illicit trade.
  • It announces measures to raise awareness amongst other key stakeholders to protect cultural goods from crime.

The Action Plan outlines the actions to be implemented by the EU as well as encourages the Member States to put in place solutions to curb trafficking of cultural goods.