Saturday, February 15, 2014

SECRET Meeting to Discuss the Italian MOU

All collectors should read this, on Peter Tompa's blog, "Secret CPAC Meeting to Discuss the Italian MOU": 
The Federal Register has announced a closed CPAC meeting to discuss the MOU with Italy to take place on March 13-14, 2014.  CPAC should be discussing whether the MOU should be scrapped altogether because Italy is no longer living up to its end of the bargain.  But more likely, the closed session will be used to spoon feed CPAC members with information about seizure of ancient coins in Italy in support of a claim that restrictions should be continued and even expanded.   Of course, the fact that ancient coins are widely and legally available within Italy and the rest of the EU will not warrant mention.
The present Administration had promised to make transparency a priority, but apparently the State Department and its Cultural Heritage Center never got the word. Perhaps it is time for collectors to remind them.

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