International Art and Heritage Law > Estonia

Estonia

Estonian Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010

 

State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

4 April 1995

17 January 2005

17January 2005

1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

27 October 1995

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1972 World Heritage Convention

27 October 1995

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention

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2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

27 January 2006

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

18 December 2006

 

State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

7 May 1992

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

15 November 1996

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

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

15 November 1996

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

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Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

6 January 1997

European Landscape Convention

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European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

-

Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society

-

  

Constitutional provisions

Constitution of the Republic of Estonia 1992, preamble, Arts 6, 12, 37, 40, 46, 50, 51, and 52

 

National legislation

The National Library of Estonia Act (1990, replaced in 1998, amended several times, latest in 2009)

Customs Act 1999

Public Libraries Act 1994 (replaced in 1998, amended in 2000 and 2007)

Heritage Conservation Act 1994 (amended in 1997, replaced in 2002, as amended 2004)

Cultural Endowment of Estonia Act 1994 (as amended 2007)

Museums Act 1996 (as amended in 2007)

Act to Regulate Dissemination of Works which Contain Pornography or Promote Violence or Cruelty (1997, as amended 2002 and 2008)

Law on Return of Cultural Objects Unlawfully Removed from the Territory of a European Union Member State 2003, (amended in 2004 and 2005)

Law on the Export and Import of Cultural Objects 2007

Law on National Minorities Cultural Autonomy, 1993 (amended 2002)

Broadcasting Act 1994, (as amended at 2007)

Language Act, 1995 (as amended 2005)

Act on Stating the Order of Laying down the Estonian Literal Language Norms 1995

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act 2005, (as amended to 2009)

Environmental Monitoring Act 1999, (as amended to 2005)

 

Other

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, deposited on 6 January 1997

By-Laws of the Ministry of Culture (1996, amended in 2007)

Export Licence Form

 

CE Cultural Heritage Compendium

 

Other useful links

Estonian Ministry of Culture, Legislation (in English)

 

Contact

Republic of Estonia

Ministry of Culture

Website : http://www.kul.ee/index.php?lang=en

Email : [email protected]

 

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