Public hearing on ‘Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage’

The Committee on Culture and Education held this public hearing on Monday, 13 July 2015 in Brussels.

Representatives from academic institutes, as well as from UNESCO, the International Criminal Court (ICC), INTERPOL and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) were invited to take part in the debate.

These experts gave an overview of the main issues regarding the destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage, with a specific focus on the role of the European Union in crisis situations such as those in Syria and Iraq.

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