The Ministry of culture issued against the simplification of the export of works of art

Amendments to the bill on the import and export of cultural values, which significantly simplify rules of transportation of works of art abroad, introduced by a group of United Russia headed by the Chairman of the budget Committee Andrey Makarov, for various reasons not satisfied with just four Federal agencies, said a source in the government.

It follows from dated 27 may project a negative opinion of the government (have), signed by the acting Minister of culture Vladimir Aristarkhov (Vladimir Medinsky at the time of writing the review was on a business trip in Greece) and sent for approval to the office of the government. Ministry of culture — the main critic of the bill. But filed comments also Rosarchiv, the Ministry of justice and the Ministry of Finance, they are considered in the draft opinion, indicates Aristarkhov.

The bill introduces a new definition of “cultural value” — movable property (goods, objects) of historic, artistic, scientific or other cultural significance. The amendments propose to exempt from customs duties non-state museums in the import and export of works of art. Now fees not only pay state and municipal museums. The export of works of culture older than 100 years will be possible on the basis of a special certificate, which will give the Ministry of culture. To control the import and the export values that are less than 100 years, the original edition had Rosarchiv, told Drapeko, but after the Agency expressed their dissatisfaction with the plans of parliamentarians, mention the Agency of the text was removed. Now instead of it appears a body of Executive authority, which will determine the government.

In the draft opinion of the Ministry of culture said that the initiative is contrary to the law of the Eurasian economic Union (Customs Union) and its customs law. The contradiction is contained in the basic proposal of deputies — to share cultural values into two groups, and to prescribe for each of them has its own rules of import and export. In the framework of the Customs Union, the authors write of a document permitted to take out without permits abroad values, which were established not more than 50 years ago, not 100 years as in the Deputy initiative.

Incomprehensible to the representatives of the Ministry of culture “the legal nature and the procedure of formation of registers of cultural property, as well as plans for separation and licensing experts who will be engaged in the analysis of works of art older and younger than 100 years. Officials say that if the bill is approved, experts who are licensed to carry out the examination of one group of values, will not be able to do the same for another. In addition, the amendments of deputies involves significant spending and a significant increase in staff numbers of state bodies”.

Another source in the government said that the White house is not going to agree on the draft opinion of the Ministry of culture. “In this project, the Agency only comments, conceptual, nobody is against amendments to the legislation”, — said the source. According to him, the government will not interfere in the passage of the bill and send feedback on it to the state Duma. “At a recent meeting of the government Commission on legislative activities of its members have asked if there were any objections under this act is not one of them expressed”, says the source.

3 Jun Makarov, the Committee approved the amended version of the bill. The state Duma Committee for culture co — contractor on this initiative — gave a negative opinion. June 8, the amendments were adopted by the state Duma in the first reading, but when serious opposition to the opposition parties — the 235 deputies voted for and 198 against. The Chairman of the Committee on culture Elena Drapeko meeting of the state Duma called the amendments of deputies from “United Russia” attempt “to hack the system of protection of our national culture. At the meeting it was decided to finalize the bill a second reading in the shortest possible time — amendments will be accepted until June 11.