European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property (1985)


Council of Europe

Under the provisions of the Convention, the Parties agree to act to enhance public awareness of the need to protect cultural property and to cooperate to prevent offences related to cultural property. The document outlines the legal provisions (Appendix I), types of property (Appendix II), and nature of offences (Appendix III). It addresses the issue of restitution in the event of an offence and calls on Parties to cooperate in such cases; the process for requests for extradition is described. The Convention encourages Parties to cooperate with the European Committee on Crime Problems and the International Crime Police Organization (Interpol).