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On 20 October 2016, UNIDROIT welcomed a delegation headed by Ms Dace Melbārde, Minister of Culture of Latvia, for a meeting to address Protection of Cultural Property and in particular the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the UNESCO-UNIDROIT Model Provisions on State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects. The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Mr Artis Bērtulis, Ambassador of Latvia to Italy, Ms Vita Cīrule, Head, Minister’s Office, Mr Juris Dambis, Head, State Inspection of Protection of the Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Ms Baiba Broka, Head of Administration and Rector`s Office, University of Latvia (Member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council), Ms Baiba Moļņika, Secretary General, Latvian National Commission for the UNESCO and Ms Dace Arakeljana, Counsellor of the Embassy of Latvia to Italy. Secretary-General Mr José Angelo Estrella-Faria received the delegation with Ms Marina Schneider, Senior Legal Officer in charge of the promotion of UNIDROIT Instruments for the protection of cultural property, and UNIDROIT Treaty Depositary.

 

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Group picture with the Latvian Delegation and UNIDROIT Representatives.   From left to right: H.E. Mr Artis Bērtulis (Ambassador of Latvia to Italy), Ms Dace Melbārde (Minister of Culture of Latvia), and Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria (Secretary-General of UNIDROIT).

 

 

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