Greece

Greek Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010

 

State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

9 February 1981

9 February 1981

20 April 2005

1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

5 June 1981

19 July 2007

1972 World Heritage Convention

17 July 1981

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention

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2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

3 January 2007

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

3 January 2007



 

State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

10 January 1962

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

27 May 1992

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

Signed on 23 June 1985

European Convention for the Protection of the  Archaeological Heritage (revised)

10 July 2006

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

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Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

Signed 22 September 1997

European Landscape Convention

17 May 2010

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

Signed 8 November 2001

Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society

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Constitutional provisions

Arts 16 and 24 of the Constitution of Greece 1975 (as amended 2002)

 

National legislation

Law no. 2557/1997, Institutions, Measures and Actions for Cultural Development (not reproduced)

Law no. 3028/2002, For the Protection of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in General

Presidential Decree no. 3520/2006, Ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) (Greek and French)

Presidential Decree no.3521/2006, Ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) (French and Greek) Source : UNESCO

Presidential Decree no.3317/2005, Ratification of the second Protocol of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (UNESCO) (2008) (original language)

Law no.3658 of 2008 on Measures for the Protection of Cultural Objects (original language) Source : UNESCO

Law/Codex no.3463 of 2006 on Municipalities and Local Communities - Relevant article on the protection of cultural environment and establishment of local museums. - (ΦΕΚ Α’ 114/8.6.2006) (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Law no.3409 of 2005 on recreational underwater activities - relevant article 11 - (FEK Α΄ 273/4.11.2005) (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Regulation no.3389 of 2005 on excavations during public construction works. Relevant articles 17 and 21 (FEK Α' 232/22.9.2005)  (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Presidential Decree no.3378 of 2005 on Ratification of the European Convention for the protection of the Archaeological Heritage - "Valletta Convention" (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Presidential Decree no.3348 of 2005 Ratification of the Unidroit Convention on the international return of stolen or illegally exported cultural objects (French and Greek)

Presidential Decree no.67 of 2003 Amendments and additions to Presidential Decree 133/1998 on the return of illegally exported cultural Objects (93/7/EC) (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Presidential Decree No.133 of 1998 conforming Greek laws to the Council Directive 93/7/EEC of 15 March 1993 and 96/100/ΕEC of 17 February 1997 on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State - as amended by Presidential Decree 67/2003 (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Presidential Decree No.423 of 1995 on the implementation of EU Regulations 3911/92 and 752/93 on the export of cultural goods (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Presidential Decree No.99 of 1992 Study and Execution of Archaeological Works (as amended with laws nos.2947/01 and 3525/07) (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Law no.2039 of 1992 Ratification of the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage - "Granada Convention"

Law no.1127 of 1981 Ratification of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage

Law no.1126 of 1981 Ratification of the Unesco Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Law no.1114 of 1981 Ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Ratification of the Second Protocol (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Law no.1103 of 1980 Ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property (original language) Source : Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

 

CE Cultural Heritage Compendium

 

Other useful link

Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

 

Contact

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