From 17th to 21st October, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) course 'Cultural Property Protection' was organised by the Center for Cultural Property Protection in cooperation with the National Defence Academy and the Amt für Kultur Fürstentum Liechtenstein.

28 participants from 10 countries (USA, Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Cyprus) and various organisations involved in the protection of cultural property, such as the military, police, customs, but also the Red Cross and museums, took part in the course, which aimed to provide a basic understanding of the subject.

Topics covered included the principles of international law, the importance of cultural property protection in the European Union, satellite observation, current OSCE initiatives in Ukraine and the illegal trade in cultural property. The week concluded with a case study that the participants worked on and the presentation of certificates in a dignified setting at Melk Abbey.

European Security and Defence College (ESDC)

With the establishment of the ESDC in 2005, a network of institutions dealing with education and training in the field of the Common Security and Defence Policy at European level was created to provide both the EU institutions and the EU Member States with strategic training and qualified personnel. The aim of these training activities is to develop and promote a common understanding of the Common Security and Defence Policy among civilian and military personnel, and to identify and disseminate best practices in various thematic areas.
The ESDC now operates beyond Europe's borders. It promotes EU values and the exchange of best practices in the field of security and defence.

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