On May 17, 2018, the Albanian Parliament approved the new law on cultural heritage and museums (Official Gazette No.86, 12 June 2018). The law contributes to the preservation of the national identity and to the promotion of the cultural development of the country. It aims at the conservation, protection, evaluation and management of the Albania's national cultural heritage, including museums. Referring to the best models in Europe, it also law aims to empower cultural institutions across the country. In addition the Law is in line with UNESCO conventions in the field of culture and sets up rules on the international movement of cultural assets, partially aligned with the EU acquis. Through detailed provisions it regulates: Trade in cultural assets, Obligations of the cultural properties trader, Free movement license, Entry of cultural property into the territory of the Republic of Albania, etc.
The law is in the implementation phase. Many by-laws have been adopted, new institutions have been created, while the rest of the bylaws are still in progress.
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