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Culture and Creativity

High-level event - Dialogue with the Art Market

Providing a platform for constructive exchanges between actors in the art market, EU institutions and international organisations.

30 January 2024
BRAFA, Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

The European Commission organised this event to strengthen the collaboration between actors in the art market, EU institutions and international organisations to protect cultural heritage and combat illicit trade of cultural goods.

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, joined this initiative that brought together representatives of the art market, international institutions, academics and other players, marking the beginning of a new phase of collaboration.

Discussions points

  • building a shared understanding towards common goals
  • identifying common risks and challenges
  • data and their traceability
  • understanding how regulation, codes of ethics and good due diligence practices can be better integrated and complemented  

Protecting cultural heritage: a common goal

The protection of cultural heritage is a shared goal of the art market, collectors, heritage institutions, governments, international institutions and European citizens.

However, the art market is not exempt from the vulnerabilities associated with the trafficking of cultural goods and other crimes against cultural property. This is a highly complex transnational phenomenon that poses risks to the protection of heritage, to the integrity of the art market and to security.

Addressing this issue is only possible through close cooperation between the various institutional and market players. For this reason, and in line with the EU Action Plan against trafficking in cultural goods 2023-2025, the European Commission is starting a new dialogue with the art market.

This dialogue strives to serve as a platform for exchanging visions, fostering a shared understanding to enhance the effectiveness of the tools at our disposal, to prevent and combat trafficking in cultural goods more successfully and to nurture a fair, reputable and thriving art market.

Programme

All times in this agenda are Central European time (CET).

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Biography

Margaritis Schinas took office as Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life in the Von der Leyen Commission in December 2019. In this capacity, he oversees the EU’s policies for migration, security union, social rights, skills, education, culture, youth, health and dialogue with churches, religious associations and non-confessional organisations.

Mr Schinas started his career in the European Commission in 1990. He also served as a Member of the European Parliament, from 2007 until 2009. Upon the completion of his parliamentary term of office, he returned to the European Commission and held various senior positions. In 2010, President Barroso appointed Mr Schinas as Deputy Head of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers. Later he served as Resident Director and Head of the Athens Office of the European Commission's Directorate‑General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN). In 2014, President Juncker appointed Mr Schinas as the European Commission’s Chief Spokesperson.

Margaritis Schinas holds an MSc on Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, a Diploma of Advanced European Studies on European Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a Degree in Law from the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki.

Biography

Mr Ernesto Ottone R. is the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO. Prior to this, Mr Ottone R. served as Chile’s first Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 2015 to 2018. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Director-General of the Artistic and Cultural Extension Center of the University of Chile, which manages the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Chilean National Ballet,the Chile Symphony Choir and the Vocal Camerata.

From 2001 to 2010, he was Executive Director of the Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago. Mr Ottone R. holds a Master's degree in Management of Cultural Institutions and Policies (University of Paris IX Dauphine,1998) and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre ( University of Chile,1995).

Joint efforts towards shared goals: fostering an art market that works for all stakeholders.

Biography

Dr. Donna Yates is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at Maastricht University. Her research intersects art, law, and sociology, shedding light on the complexities of art and cultural heritage crime.

For over 20 years, Yates has participated in collaborative efforts alongside law enforcement, governments, international organizations, private businesses and art market stakeholders who aim to preserve cultural heritage and share it with diverse audiences.

Biography

Georg Häusler is currently the Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport in the European Commission (DG EAC). Prior to that, he was Director in another Commission department for seven years.

He joined the Commission in 1999 and has had several senior posts including as Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, from 2009 to 2014.

Before he began his Commission career, he was Secretary General of an EU-wide NGO. He studied law (PhD in 1993). He is 55 years old and married, with one son.

Biography

Krista Pikkat is the Director of Culture and Emergencies at UNESCO. She started her career in 1993 at the Estonian Ministry of Culture as Deputy Secretary-General of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO and joined UNESCO in 1997.

She worked at UNESCO’s services for External Relations, the Office of the Director-General and the Bureau for Strategic Planning before assuming the functions of the Head of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 2012 and the Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty (Kazakhstan) in 2017.

Biography

James Ratcliffe is General Counsel and Director of Recoveries at the Art Loss Register (ALR). In his ten years in the role, he has developed the ALR's services to improve standards of due diligence in various areas.

He also negotiated the resolution of numerous claims for the recovery of stolen and looted cultural property, representing nation states, insurers and private individuals worldwide. 

Biography

Petra Youngová is Vice President of the International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations (Confédération Internationale Des Négociants En Oeuvres D’art, CINOA) and Vice President of International Relations for the Czech Antique Dealers Association.

She has represented the Czech association internationally since 1997 and participates in policy initiatives pertaining the Czech art market. She has 30+ years of experience working in the art and antique trade as a partner and general manager of the family business.

She has a postgraduate diploma in economics from Cambridge University and a Masters Degree in economics from the Technical University of Ostrava.

The panel discussion is followed by a Q&A session.

Biography

Georg Häusler is currently the Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport in the European Commission (DG EAC). Prior to that, he was Director in another Commission department for seven years.

He joined the Commission in 1999 and has had several senior posts including as Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, from 2009 to 2014.

Before he began his Commission career, he was Secretary General of an EU-wide NGO. He studied law (PhD in 1993). He is 55 years old and married, with one son.