In November Latvia adopted a law on ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property. The law is in force as of 1st December 2020.

According to Council of Europe, the Convention aims to prevent and combat the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property, in the framework of the Organisation’s action to fight terrorism and organised crime. It is open for signature to any country in the world. For coming into force it needs 5 ratifications including at least 3 member States of the Council of Europe. Currently there are 9 signatures not followed by ratification and 3 ratifications, among which Latvia, Cyprus and Mexico.

The full text of the Convention and the Latvian law on ratification is available here: 

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