Open Method of Coordination Groups in the Field of Culture (European Commission): 2012 Report on Cultural Heritage Including Mobility of Collections

In September 2012 the expert group working on the priority D “Cultural Heritage including mobility of collections” presented a report and a toolkit on practical ways of reducing the cost of lending and borrowing of cultural objects between Member States of the European Union, containing recommendations and practical advice for national authorities and museum professionals. The report and the toolkit focus on four key issues: improving and expanding indemnity schemes and shared liability agreements at EU Member State level; improving valuation processes for works of art and cultural goods and the systems/mechanisms of valuation for the purposes of indemnity (and shared liability); simplifying and improving the process of risk assessment when lending and borrowing; and making transport procedures more reliable and less expensive.