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Czech Republic

Czech Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010


State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

26 March 1993

26 March 1993

8 June 2007

1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

26 March 1993


1972 World Heritage Convention

26 March 1993

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention


2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

18 February 2009

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention



State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

10 May 1990

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

6 April 2000

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property


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

22 March 2000

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

15 November 2006

Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

18 December 1997

European Landscape Convention

3 June 2004

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage


Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society




Constitutional provisions

Constitution of the Czech Republic, 1992 (as Amended to 2002), Preamble

Charter of Fundamental Rights and Basic Freedoms, 1992 (as Amended to 1998), Chapter 2, Div.1, Chapters 4 and 4


National legislation

Act No. 20/1987 Coll. on state monument preservation (amended) defines the protection of collections in museums and galleries, conditions and the means of registration of museum collections and rights and duties of museum collection owners. Standardised public services provided by museums and galleries are regulated (original language only)

Law No.114/1992 Coll., as amended 2 March 2008, On Protection of Nature and Landscape (original language only)

Act No. 71/1994 Coll. covers the sale and export of goods of cultural value

Act No. 101/2001 Coll. covers repatriation of illegally exported cultural goods (original language only)

Act No. 214/2002 Coll. covers the export of certain cultural goods from the tariff territory of the European Communities (original language only)

Act No.203/2006 Coll., on some kinds of cultural support and amendments to related regulations (original language only)

Act No.273/2001 Coll., On the Rights of National Minorities and amendments of other Acts (excerpts only)

Law No. 98/2002 Coll., Government Decree which determines the conditions and way of providing grants from the State Budget for the activities of members of national minorities and the support of integration of members of the Roma community (excerpts only)

Act 231/2001 Coll., Broadcasting Act (excerpts only)

Act No.29/1984 Coll., as amended 134/1993, On the System of Primary, Secondary Schools and Secondary Modern Schools (‘Education Act’)


CE Cultural Heritage Compendium


Other useful links

Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic, legislation portal



Ministry of Culture

Czech Republic

Website :

Senior Director, Ing. Zdenek Novák

Secretariat: Tel. 257 085 334, fax 224 323 303


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