European Union recently made rules restraining illegal trade in antiquities and many other cultural goods,as the union steps up its efforts to supress sources of terrorist financing.
The European Union presently holds ban on goods from war zones such as Iraq and Syria, but there seem to be no general framework for the import of cultural goods
French man Pierre Moscovici,who is currently the Commissioner in charge of European Union customs and taxation, said that this new laws enacted will target those selling cultural goods, to be able to sponsor terrorit attacks.
“This is an ideological battle against the culture of ISIL. There are considerable profits, estimated between 2 and 5 billion euros every year produced from the illicit traffic of cultural goods”, he said.
He also stressed out that the attackers in Paris and Brussels, used deep, large-scale networks, which needed financial resources. “If we attack the sources of funding, then it makes it much more complicated to carry out criminal and murderous operations”, Moscovici said.
Belgian sensational journalist Frederic Loore has been running investigations on how ISIL and other groups, use the sales of this antiquities to fund such ungodly violence.
“These lootings are used to finance armed groups such as ISIL, for example, but other groups also use the tactic. They use they money to pay the men who fight for them in war zones. But they also serve to finance terrorist acts outside these countries and especially in Europe”, Loore said.
The plan made on Thursday by the European Commission and the European unions’s executive arm, intends to strengthen and correspond import checks for cultural commodities across its borders in order to spot and prevent the movement of funds linked to terrorist groups such as Daesh.
European Union Vice President Frans Timmmermans, also gave his view about the matter.
“Money is oxygen to terrorist organizations such as Daesh,We are taking action to cut off each of their sources of financing. This includes the trade of cultural goods, as terrorists derive funding from the looting of archaeological sites and the illegal sale of cultural objects. By preventing them from entering the EU, we can help dry up this source of income.”
The motion came after a call from world leaders, who gathered at a group of 20 meeting in Hamburg last week, to tackle all alternative sources of financing terrorism.
The European union’s proposal for action aims at corresponding the treatment of cultural goods by custom authorities, alongside the bloc’s borders so that exporters will face strict treatment at every point of entry. these tough checks will apply only to antiquities known to be at more risk,more expecially those that are at least 250 years old.