Engaging the European Art Market Players in the Fight against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

Firstly, to raise awareness of art market stakeholders regarding the illicit trafficking of cultural property as well as on the existing legal framework to combat it

Engaging the European Art Market Players in the Fight against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

Secondly, to provide assistance on the implementation of due diligence principles, including provenance check on the objects for sale and authenticity verification of documentation in order to avoid forged provenance information;

The joint European Union (EU)-UNESCO project entitled “Engaging the European art market in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property” aims at reinforcing due diligence conduct in the European art trade – while sensitizing relevant stakeholders to the different implications of the unlawful trade regarding terrorism financing, organized crime, and money laundering.

The objective of this two-year project is manifold:

Firstly, to raise awareness of art market stakeholders regarding the illicit trafficking of cultural property as well as on the existing legal framework to combat it;

Secondly, to provide assistance on the implementation of due diligence principles, including provenance check on the objects for sale and authenticity verification of documentation in order to avoid forged provenance information;

Thirdly, to strengthen cooperation among European art market professionals and public authorities and to exchange good practices.

The project has two central elements: a capacity-building conference and an online knowledge-sharing platform.

The capacity-building conference on 20-21 March 2018 aims at bringing together representatives from EU Member States’ governments and the art market on equal parts and shall sensitize relevant stakeholders on the topic of due diligence.

A knowledge-sharing platform will serve as a web space accessible for the public in order for it to learn and inform itself on the issue. In cooperation with 360Learning, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will be created after the conference. This MOOC shall comprise relevant information on how to engage in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property – also focusing specifically on the role of due diligence.

The project is co-financed by the European Commission and UNESCO.