Hearing: Cross-border restitution of looted art

JURI
Brussels, József Antall JAN 6Q2
Cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars Cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars
JURI public hearing: Cross-border restitution of looted artwork © (c) European Union, 2019 - EP, Photo: Anna-Sabine Rieder, JURI Secretariat

On 3 December 2019, the JURI Committee hosted a public hearing on "Cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars". The event was organized as a follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 17 January 2019 on cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars (2017/2023 (INI)).

Leading experts from a variety of national contexts from within and beyond Europe discussed various aspects of restitution of cultural property with the aim to look at ways to ensure fair and just solutions for the return of looted art.They provided opinions on the future actions required to ensure standard processes for making and pursuing claims, due diligence standards, and shared definitions of what constitutes loss both between and even within countries. Members had the opportunity to ask questions to renowned experts in the area.