OMC Working Group

The first meeting of the working group took place on 12th November in Brussels in 2008 and settled down to discuss how to move this topic forward on the European level. The OMC group has worked on the following aspects 

1. State indemnity and shared liability agreements;
2. Immunity from seizure;
3. Long-term loans;
4. Prevention of theft and illicit trafficking
5. Mobility of museum professionals / Exchange of expertise.

Download Final Report of OMC Group


In the next stage, the Council Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014 established a priority area on "Cultural heritage, including mobility of collections". In this context, the OMC group was asked to examine the ways and means to simplify the process of lending and borrowing. The working group built upon the achievements of the previous working group established under the Council Work Plan for Culture 2008-2010, and included new topics related to the activities of cultural institutions, such as the prevention of theft and illicit trafficking as well as the mobility of museum professionals. The latest report was released at the NEMO Annual Meeting 2012 in Dublin.

Download Report on practical ways to reduce the cost of lending and borrowing of cultural objects among member states of the European Union

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