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02 March 2012

Cultural property crime focus of international expert meeting at INTERPOL

LYON, France - 20 delegates from six member countries and international organizations (UNESCO, ICOM, UNIDROIT, WCO) met at the INTERPOL General Secretariat for the annual experts group meeting on stolen cultural property.

Discussions during the two-day meeting (28-29 February) focused on strengthening cooperation between national and international authorities and institutions, raising awareness of issues surrounding stolen cultural property, provision of specialized training and the increased information exchange with INTERPOL for data entry and analysis.  The increased use of INTERPOL’s stolen works of art database for carrying out checks and wider promotion of this essential tool was also highlighted as an important step forward.

Concluding the meeting, the experts encouraged the INTERPOL initiative aimed at combating the trade of counterfeit art and the General Secretariat’s close cooperation with the Italian Carabinieri Specialized Unit for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in order to implement Project PSYCHE to modernize INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art database.