Bulgaria aims at improving legislation against artefacts smuggling: culture minister

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16 September 2015 | 13:19 | FOCUS News Agency

Sofia. “In line with the efforts of UNESCO in strengthening the system of the international agreements and contracts, Bulgaria aims at improving its national legislation, too”

said Bulgarian Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov, speaking at a conference themed “Fight against the plundering of Syria’s cultural heritage”, organised by the Norwegian Embassy to Bulgaria and under the auspices of UNESCO, in partnership with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Interior Ministry, the Embassy of Cyprus and the Walk of Truth /Netherlands/ organisation, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“At the moment there is a procedure for amendments to the Cultural Heritage Act connected with the need to adopt texts from the EU directive on return of the monuments of culture, which have been illegally exported from the territory of a member state,” Minister Rashidov remarked.
He commented further that the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture was working on the encouragement and development of cooperation with law-enforcement authorities and NGOs on the issues connected with the artefacts smuggling.

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