European Convention for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Europe 2

European Convention for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Europe

 

Article 10

Each Party undertakes:

i to arrange for the relevant public authorities and for
scientific institutions to pool information on any illicit
excavations identified;

ii to inform the competent authorities in the State of origin
which is a Party to this Convention of any offer suspected
of coming either from illicit excavations or unlawfully from
official excavations, and to provide the necessary details
thereof;

iii to take such steps as are necessary to ensure that museums
and similar institutions whose acquisition policy is under
State control do not acquire elements of the archaeological
heritage suspected of coming from uncontrolled finds or
illicit excavations or unlawfully from official excavations;

iv as regards museums and similar institutions located in the
territory of a Party but the acquisition policy of which is
not under State control:

a to convey to them the text of this (revised)
Convention;

b to spare no effort to ensure respect by the said
museums and institutions for the principles set out in
paragraph 3 above;

v to restrict, as far as possible, by Education , information,
vigilance and co-operation, the transfer of elements of the
archaeological heritage obtained from uncontrolled finds or
illicit excavations or unlawfully from official excavations.

Article 11

Nothing in this (revised) Convention shall affect existing or
future bilateral or multilateral Treaties between Parties
concerning the illicit circulation of elements of the
archaeological heritage or their restitution to the righfful
owner.

Mutual technical and scientific assistance

Article 12

The Parties undertake:

i to afford mutual technical and scientific assistance through
the pooling of experience and exchanges of experts in
matters concerning the archaeological heritage;

ii to encourage, under the relevant national legislation or
international agreements binding them, exchanges of
specialists in the preseNation of the archaeological
heritage, including those responsible for further training.

Control of the application of the (revised) Convention

Article 13

For the purposes of this (revised) Convention, a committee of
experts, set up by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of
Europe pursuant to Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of
Europe, shall monitor the application of the (revised) Convention
and in particular:

i report periodically to the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe on the situation of archaeological
heritage protection policies in the States Parties to the
(revised) Convention and on the implementation of the
principles embodied in the (revised) Convention;

ii propose measures to the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe for the implementation of the (revised)
Convention’s provisions, including multilateral activities,
revision or amendment of the (revised) Convention and
informing public opinion about the purpose of the (revised)
Convention;

iii make recommendations to the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe regarding invitations to States which are
not members of the Council of Europe to accede to the
(revised) Convention.

Final clauses

Article 14

This (revised) Convention shall be open for signature by the
member States of the Council of Europe and the other States party
to the European Cultural Convention .

It is subject to ratification, acceptance or approval.
Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be
deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

No State party to the European Convention on the Protection of
the Archaeological Heritage, signed in London on 6 May 1969, may
deposit its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval
unless it has already denounced the said convention or denounces
it simultaneously.

This (revised) Convention shall enter into force six months after
the date on which four States, including at least three member
States of the Council of Europe, have expressed their consent to
be bound by the (revised) Convention in accordance with the
provisions of the preceding paragraphs.

Whenever, in application of the preceding two paragraphs, the
denunciation of the convention of 6 May 1969 would not become
effective simultaneously with the entry into force of this
(revised) Convention, a Contracting State may, when depositing
its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval, declare
that it will continue to apply the Convention of 6 May 1969 until
the entry into force of this (revised) Convention.

In respect of any signatory State which subsequently expresses
its consent to be bound by it, the (revised) Convention shall
enter into force six months after the date of the deposit of the
instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.

Article 15

After the entry into force of this (revised) Convention, the
Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite any
other State not a member of the Council and the European Economic
Community, to accede to this (revised) Convention by a decision
taken by the majority provided for in Article 20.d of the Statute
of the Council of Europe and by the unanimous vote of the
representatives of the Contracting States entitled to sit on the
Committee.

In respect of any acceding State or, should it accede, the
European Economic Community, the (revised) Convention shall enter
into force six months after the date of deposit of the instrument
of accession with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Article 16

Any State may, at the time of signature or when depositing its
instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession,
specify the territory or territories to which this (revised)
Convention shall apply.

Any State may at any later date, by a declaration addressed to
the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, extend the
application of this (revised) Convention to any other territory
specified in the declaration. In respect of such territory the
(revised) Convention shall enter into force six months after the
date of receipt of such declaration by the Secretary General.

Any declaration made under the two preceding paragraphs may, in
respect of any territory specified in such declaration, be
withdrawn by a notification addressed to the Secretary General.
The withdrawal shall become effective six months after the date
of receipt of such notification by the Secretary General.

Article 17

Any Party may at any time denounce this (revised) Convention by
means of a notification addressed to the Secretary General of the
Council of Europe.

Such denunciation shall become effective six months following the
date of receipt of such notification by the Secretary General.

Article 18

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the
member States of the Council of Europe, the other States party to
the European Cultural Convention and any State or the European
Economic Community which has acceded or has been invited to
accede to this (revised) Convention of:

i any signature;

ii the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance,
approval or accession;

iii any date of entry into force of this (revised) Convention in
accordance with Articles 14, 15 and 16;

iv any other act, notification or communication relating to
this (revised) Convention.

Conclusion

Notes

See Also

References and Further Reading

About the Author/s and Reviewer/s

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