Biggest challenge for Culture Ministry: National Heritage Code

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The biggest challenge for the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is the National Heritage Code, says the Culture Minister Hunor Kelemen, adding that he hopes the draft Code would be submitted to Parliament this autumn.

‘We have been discussing for years the necessity of drafting a National Heritage Code. In March, a working group will be set up in order to draft this Code and in September-October it will be presented before the Parliament. We cannot do that earlier as a lot of hard work and special attention are needed. This Code will ensure an efficient and active protection of the heritage.

It involves not only its conservation, but also its improvement and turning into profit. The purpose is to both unify the entire existing legislation and improve it,’ said the minister. According to Kelemen, through this Heritage Code the Ministry wants to set up good practices regarding the situations in which there are problems at the border between public and private heritage, and a legislation on historic monuments, material and non-material heritage, fixed and mobile assets and assets of artistic interest.

‘If a parallel can be drawn, the Criminal and Civil Codes are to the society what this Code is to culture,’ said Kelemen, adding that there had to be severe sanctions, because there was no other way of preserving and protecting the heritage in good conditions.
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