Certain acquisitions of the Louvre Abu Dhabi have highlighted the risks incurred by museums during their acquisition processes, and in June 2022, the Minister of Culture entrusted a mission to Christian Giacomotto, Marie-Christine Labourdette and Arnaud Oseredczuk to improve the security of acquisitions of national museums.

The mission examined the conditions of movement, entry and exit of cultural property on the national territory, the responsibilities of the various actors of the art market and the acquisition process by the national museums.  To reach its conclusions, it conducted more than 60 interviews with the heads of the main museums, members of the committees in charge of enriching the national collections, professionals from the art market, major collectors, competent administrations and major players in the field of surveillance and repression of trafficking or market regulation. 

In submitting this report to the Minister of Culture, the mission emphasized a few strategic orientations: the establishment of a specialized cell at the Ministry of Culture, the creation of an interdepartmental commission for the most sensitive acquisitions, the enrichment of the police book of merchants and commissioners-the increased priority given by the criminal justice system to the illicit trafficking of cultural goods and the establishment of a database of supporting documents for the export of source countries. 

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