Monday 9 January 2017

Consultation on rules on the import of cultural goods

European Commission, Taxation and Customs Union, 'Consultation on rules on the import of cultural goods
The European Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the adoption of customs rules governing the import of cultural goods in the territory of the EU. This includes contributions from citizens, companies, NGOs, academics, public authorities, international organisations, etc. The measures aim to protect cultural heritage, fight illicit trafficking, prevent terrorist factions from acquiring income through cultural goods sales and promote legal trade in cultural goods in the EU and worldwide. It also aims to empower EU customs to seize illegal shipments and increase knowledge and traceability of cultural goods that come through the EU external border. Lastly, it will endeavour to ensure that seized goods are safely stored until they can be returned and will promote international co-operation in safeguarding world heritage.[...] 
This public consultation aims to gather input from all interested stakeholders to be taken into consideration in the preparation of legislative proposals by the European Commission. [...] The consultation will provide the Commission with the opinions of stakeholders, including the general public, on the effectiveness and possible impact of of the various policy options, in particular with regard to potential administrative burden. In order to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process, only responses received through our online questionnaire will be taken into account.  The online questionnaire can be accessed here*

The consultation is open from 28.10.2016 to 23.01.2017, so get your views in now.

* One thing I really like about the questionnaire is it is a single page document, so you can browse it to see what questions follow the ones at the beginning. So many times you have no option but to do these things in separate stages, and when you get near the end come across something you'd like to think longer about - and there is no way to 'save' the half-finished document, so you have to scrap it and then start again later.

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