REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                               ON                                               
                      PROTECTION OF MOVABLE                                     
                       CULTURAL PROPERTIES                                      
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
                            Chapter I                                           
                       GENERAL PROVISIONS                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Purpose of the Law                                              
     This  law   shall  establish  state  regulation  of  movable               
cultural property, movable cultural property records, protection,               
funding of protection, and liability for violations of this Law.                
                                                                                
     Article 2. Basic Concepts                                                  
     Basic concepts of this Law include:                                        
     movable cultural  properties, denoting  the movable cultural               
properties created  50 years  ago and earlier, and based on their               
designation and  nature, movable  material  creations  and  other               
things resulting  from public and individual activity, possessing               
great cultural  value, including  those significant in an ethnic,               
archeological,  historical,   artistic,  scientific,   technical,               
religious and  another sense  and also,  insofar as they describe               
typical, as  well as  specific phenomena  of national  existence;               
also, a  creation  of  great  cultural  value,  which  came  into               
existence less  than 50 years ago, may also be a movable cultural               
property;                                                                       
     antique objects,  denoting all  material creations resultant               
from public  and individual  activity and  other objects,  or the               
parts thereof,  created  prior  to  50  years  ago  and  earlier,               
regardless of their remaining cultural value;                                   
     cultural monument  of Lithuania,  pertaining  to  a  movable               
cultural property  declared  a  cultural  monument  of  Lithuania               
according to the procedure established by this Law;                             
     protection of  movable cultural  properties,  including  the               
totality of  the means  which are employed in the protection, for               
current and  future  generations  of  movable  cultural  property               
science, education, cultural continuity and for other purposes;                 
     state records  of movable  cultural properties, comprising a               
register (further - Register) of state-protected movable cultural               
properties not  kept at  state depositories  and lists of movable               
cultural  properties  kept  at  state  depositories  for  movable               
cultural properties (hence - state depositories);                               
     regulations on  protection of  movable cultural  properties,               
including general  or individual  protection, maintenance and use               
regulations, ensuring protection of a movable cultural property;                
     movable  cultural  property  certificate,  pertaining  to  a               
document which  contains the  basic data  concerning the  movable               
cultural property,  copy of  decree by the Minister of Culture to               
include the  property within  the Register,  photocopies or other               
video   material,    information   concerning   restoration   and               
conservation  work  performed,  location  sites  and  changes  in               
ownership;                                                                      
     conservation, comprised  of research-based activities, aimed               
at protection  of a  movable cultural  property from  spontaneous               
deterioration;                                                                  
     restoration, comprised  of research-based  activities, aimed               
at  disclosing   the  cultural   value  through   elimination  of               
violations,   deterioration,   conserving   the   authentic   and               
recreating the missing parts.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 3. Objects of Law                                                  
     1. The  objects  of  this  Law  shall  be  movable  cultural               
properties and antiques, including:                                             
     1) archeological discoveries;                                              
     2) material examples of ethnic culture;                                    
     3) objects  related to  most  important  historical  events,               
history of  society, culture,  war and  sports and  the lives  of               
illustrious persons;                                                            
     4) firearms and non-firing weapons;                                        
     5) cultural  properties: fine and applied art creations; art               
photographs and other original creations; national art creations;               
parts of structures and the fragments thereof;                                  
     6) musical instruments;                                                    
     7) books  of manuscsripts, incunabula, codes, printed matter               
and other publications;                                                         
     8) objects  possessing numismatic, sphragistic, heraldic, or               
philatelic value, orders and medals;                                            
     9) objects depicting science, engineering and the history of               
technology;                                                                     
     10) archival documents;                                                    
     11) collections,  selections, sets  or other  objects  which               
hold artistic,  historical or  other cultural  value, as a whole,               
regardless of  what the  value or types of individual parts shall               
be.                                                                             
     2. Individual  parts of movable cultural properties may also               
be movable cultural properties.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 4. Possession of Movable Cultural Properties by                    
               Right of Ownership                                               
     1. Movable  cultural properties  may by  right of ownership,               
belong to  the State  of Lithuania, local governments and natural               
and legal persons.                                                              
     2. All  movable  cultural  properties  found  on  land,  its               
surface, water,  buildings, as  well as  structures or  the parts               
thereof, whose  owner shall  not be  established or  has lost the               
right to  such according  to law,  shall be  transferred to state               
ownership. In  accordance with  the procedure  established by the               
laws of  the Republic of Lithuania, compensation shall be paid to               
the individual  who has  found and handed over a movable cultural               
property.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 5. Legal Principles Governing Protection of                        
               Movable Cultural Properties                                      
     Protection  of   movable  cultural   properties   shall   be               
implemented  based   on  the  Constitution  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, laws and other legal acts.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 6. International Agreements and Conventions                        
     In the  event other  regulations  shall  be  established  in               
agreements or  conventions of  the Republic  of  Lithuania,  than               
those which  are provided  for in  legal acts  regulating movable               
cultural property  protection,  the  regulations  established  by               
international  agreements  or  conventions  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall apply.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter II                                           
                 STATE REGULATION OF PROTECTION                                 
                 OF MOVABLE CULTURAL PROPERTIES                                 
                                                                                
     Article 7. Institutions Ensuring Movable Cultural                          
               Property Protection                                              
     The  following   state  institutions  ensure  protection  of               
cultural properties:                                                            
     1) State Commission for Cultural Heritage Protection;                      
     2) Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania;                       
     3) Department of Archives of Lithuania;                                    
     4) county governors;                                                       
     5) local governments.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 8. State Commission for Cultural Heritage                          
               Protection                                                       
     The State  Commission for Cultural Heritage Protection shall               
be the  expert and  consultant to  the Seimas  of the Republic of               
Lithuania, President  of the  Republic, and  the Government.  The               
State Commission for Cultural Heritage Protection shall:                        
     1) in  conjunction with the Ministry of Culture form a state               
policy of  movable cultural  property protection,  supervise  its               
implementation, and  assess the  programmes that  implement  this               
policy;                                                                         
     2) assess  distribution and use of budgetary funds earmarked               
for protection of movable cultural properties;                                  
     3) assess  legal acts  that regulate  protection of  movable               
cultural properties or their drafts, and submit proposals:                      
     4) assess  and approve proposals to include movable cultural               
properties in  the Register, as well as to strike them therefrom,               
to designate them as monuments and to cancel decisions concerning               
their designation as monuments;                                                 
     5)  hear   the  reports  of  institutions  ensuring  movable               
property protection and assess the activity of said institutions;               
     6) shall  have the  right to  verify  how  movable  cultural               
properties are preserved;                                                       
     7) shall  inform the  public regarding  problems in  movable               
cultural property protection.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 9. Competence of Ministry of Culture and of                        
               Department for Protection of Movable Cultural                    
               Properties of the Ministry of Culture Within                     
               Movable Cultural Property Protection Sphere                      
     1. The Ministry of Culture shall:                                          
     1) in  conjunction with  the State  Commission for  Cultural               
Heritage Protection,  establish a  strategy for  movable cultural               
property protection and its implementation policy;                              
     2) implement State policy for protection of movable cultural               
properties and  present reports  on the  implementation  of  this               
policy to the Government and Seimas.                                            
     3) prepare  drafts of  laws and other legal acts, regulating               
movable cultural property protection;                                           
     4) determine  and,  subsequent  to  approval  by  the  State               
Commission  for   Cultural  Heritage   Protection,  confirm   the               
procedure  for  including  movable  cultural  properties  in  the               
Register and  the procedure  and criteria  for declaring  movable               
cultural properties  cultural monuments  of Lithuania and appoint               
commission of experts to assess movable cultural properties;                    
     5) establish,  reorganise, close, fund and supervise museums               
and libraries  as  well  as  other  institutions  connected  with               
movable cultural property protection;                                           
     6)  issue  licenses  for  restoration  and  conservation  of               
movable cultural properties;                                                    
     7)  approve  restoration  boards,  attesting  commission  of               
restorers, and board for export of cultural properties;                         
     8) grant to state depositories the rights of expert;                       
     9) prepare and finance protection and restoration programmes               
of movable cultural properties in museums and libraries;                        
     10) establish  the procedure for record keeping, protection,               
conservation  and  restoration  of  movable  cultural  properties               
(except archival documents).                                                    
     11) provide  state guarantees  for insurance  of the movable               
cultural properties,  temporarily brought  into the  Republic  of               
Lithuania from abroad for exhibition purposes;                                  
     12) be  in charge  of location  of missing  movable cultural               
properties and the return thereof;                                              
     13) inspect  records  of  movable  cultural  properties  and               
protection thereof in museums and libraries;                                    
                                                                                
     2. The  Department of  Cultural Heritage  Protection of  the               
Ministry of Culture shall:                                                      
     1) implement  the state  policy for conservation of cultural               
properties not located in state depositories;                                   
     2) prepare  drafts of  laws and other legal acts, regulating               
conservation of  movable  cultural  properties,  not  located  at               
cultural property depositories;                                                 
     3)  record  movable  cultural  properties  (except  archival               
documents), not  located at  state depositories,  prepare, manage               
and protect the Register;                                                       
     4)  issue   certificates  of   movable  cultural  properties               
included in  the  Register,  and  prepare  regulations  governing               
conservation of movable cultural properties;                                    
     5) verify the observance of protection regulations governing               
cultural properties included in the Register;                                   
     6) appeal  to court regarding compulsory buy out of cultural               
property included  in  the  Register,  funds  disbursed  for  the               
restoration and  conservation of  cultural properties,  recovery,               
and also  compensation  for  damages  incurred  through  improper               
restoration and  conservation of,  as well as improper protection               
and use thereof;                                                                
     7) sponsor and fund programmes for restoration, conservation               
and research of cultural properties included in the Register;                   
     8)  issue   permits  for  restoration  and  conservation  of               
cultural properties, included in the Register;                                  
     9)  register   transactions  regarding  cultural  properties               
included in the Register;                                                       
     10) issue  permits for the export of cultural properties and               
antique objects abroad;                                                         
     11) issue  licenses to  engage in  trade  in  antiques,  and               
supervise the  observation  of  the  regulations  governing  such               
trade. It shall draw up violation of administrative law protocols               
for  violations  of  these  regulations  and  set  administrative               
penalties;                                                                      
     12) supervise  record  keeping  and  protection  of  movable               
cultural properties  in museums and libraries and issue protocols               
for violations  in movable  cultural property  record keeping and               
protection and set administrative penalties;                                    
     13) supervise the procedural observation for restoration and               
conservation of  movable  cultural  properties.  It  shall  issue               
administrative law  violation protocols  and sets  administrative               
penalties for violations of this procedure;                                     
     14) shall carry out other functions assigned by the Ministry               
of Culture.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 10. Competence of Department of Archives at the                    
               Government of Republic of Lithuania within                       
               Archival Document Protection Sphere                              
     The Law  on Archives  shall determine  the competence of the               
Department of  Archives at  the Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, within the sphere of archival document protection. The               
procedure for  record keeping,  conservation and  restoration  of               
movable  cultural  properties  and  monuments,  preserved  within               
archives, must be coordinated with the Ministry of Culture.                     
                                                                                
     Article 11. Competence of County Governor within                           
               Movable Cultural Property                                        
               Protection Sphere                                                
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1) amass  information regarding cultural properties included               
within the Register, that are located within the county;                        
     2)  have  right  to  propose  to  the  Ministry  of  Culture               
inclusion of cultural properties within the Register;                           
     3)  sponsor  protection,  conservation  and  restoration  of               
cultural property programmes of county significance and cooperate               
                                                                                
in the  funding of  such programmes  according to  the  procedure               
established by law;                                                             
     4) establish,  finance, supervise,  reorganise and  close  a               
county museum  and other  institutions  of  county  significance,               
connected with protection of movable cultural properties;                       
     5) appoint and dismiss a county museum governor as well as a               
chief custodian,  upon receipt of a concurrence in writing by the               
Ministry of Culture.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 12. Local Government Competence within Sphere                      
               of Movable Cultural                                              
               Property Protection                                              
     The local government shall:                                                
     1) amass  information regarding cultural properties included               
in the Register, which are located within the local territory;                  
     2) be  responsible for  protection of  the movable  cultural               
properties of the local government;                                             
     3)  fund   the  research,   conservation,  restoration   and               
installation of  protection means for movable cultural properties               
belonging to local government;                                                  
     4)  prepare,   fund  and  implement  programmes  of  movable               
cultural property protection;                                                   
     5) verify  the observance  of regulations governing trade in               
antiques;                                                                       
     6) establish, finance, supervise, reorganise and close local               
museums and  local government  libraries and  other  institutions               
connected with protection of movable cultural properties;                       
     7) appoint  and dismiss  local museum  and municipal library               
governors as  well as local museum chief custodians, upon receipt               
of concurrence in writing by the Ministry of Culture.                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter III                                          
                MOVABLE CULTURAL PROPERTY RECORDS                               
                                                                                
     Article 13. State Records of Movable Cultural                              
               Properties                                                       
     1. The  objects listed  in  Article  3  of  this  Law,  that               
maintain a lasting cultural value and are preserved by the state,               
shall be included by the state in records.                                      
     2. State  records of movable cultural properties comprise an               
integral part of movable cultural property protection.                          
     3. Movable cultural property records are comprised of:                     
     1) inventory  lists of movable cultural properties preserved               
in the museums and libraries of Lithuania;                                      
     2) collective stock of the Archives of Lithuania;                          
     3) Register.                                                               
     4. The  Minister of  Culture establishes  the procedure  for               
record keeping  of  movable  cultural  properties,  preserved  in               
museums and libraries;                                                          
     5.  The   Archives   Department   of   Lithuania   following               
coordination with the Minister of Culture, establishes the record               
keeping procedure  for movable  cultural properties  preserved in               
archives.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 14. Inclusion of Movable Cultural Properties in                    
               and Deletion from Register                                       
     1. The Minister of Culture shall confirm the statutes.                     
     2.  Based  upon  the  conclusion  reached  as  a  result  of               
appraisal by the commission of movable cultural property experts,               
and following  coordination of this with the State Commission for               
Cultural Heritage  Protection,  the  Minister  of  Culture  shall               
include movable  cultural properties  in the  Register and delete               
them therefrom.                                                                 
     3. In  cases of  exception, when  there exists the danger of               
destruction of  the movable  cultural property or some other loss               
thereof, the  Minister of Culture shall have the right to include               
the movable  cultural property  in the Register without following               
the procedure established by this Article.                                      
     4. Parts of movable cultural properties may also be included               
in the Register as individual movable cultural properties.                      
     5. The  owner of  a movable cultural property, the municipal               
government, county  governor or  the  Ministry  of  Culture,  may               
propose  inclusion  of  a  movable  cultural  property  into  the               
Register. In  the event the movable cultural property fails to be               
included into  the Register, the Ministry of Culture must provide               
a justifiable  response to  the  individual  or  institution  who               
submitted the proposal to the ministry.                                         
     6. The  owner of a movable cultural property included within               
the Register,  shall be  issued the  rules for  protection of the               
cultural property and a certificate.                                            
     7. A  movable cultural property which does not belong to the               
state, may  be included  in the  Register, only  contingent  upon               
permission by  the owner, with the exception of instances whereby               
a permit  is issued for its temporary export from the Republic of               
Lithuania or if it is threatened with destruction.                              
     8. Movable  cultural properties  may be  stricken  from  the               
Register, if  they shall  be acquired by state depositories or if               
it  shall   be  established  by  the  movable  cultural  property               
appraisal  committee   of  experts   that  the  movable  cultural               
property:                                                                       
     1) has deteriorated or has been destroyed;                                 
     2) does not possess or has lost its lasting value.                         
     9. A  movable cultural property shall be stricken from state               
records, if  it shall be exported from the country irretrievably,               
according to  inter state  agreements, as  indicated in instances               
provided for in Article 24 of this Law.                                         
     10. Register  information shall  be supplied to institutions               
ensuring the protection of cultural movable properties.                         
     11. Publication  of Register  information concerning  owners               
and location  of protection  site of movable cultural properties,               
shall be prohibited, without permission by the owner.                           
                                                                                
     Article 15. Cultural Monuments of Lithuania                                
     1. The most significant movable cultural properties included               
in state records, upon recommendation by the Minister of Culture,               
based  on  the  conclusions  of  the  movable  cultural  property               
assessment commission  of experts and with the concurrence of the               
State Commission  for  Cultural  Heritage  Protection,  shall  be               
declared cultural monuments of Lithuania by the Government.                     
     2. The  decision on  declaration of  Cultural  Monuments  of               
Lithuania may  be annulled  per decision  of the  Government,  in               
accordance with  the procedure  established in  part one  of this               
Article.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 16. Lists of Fixed Assets and Low Value Stock,                     
               Possessing Cultural Value, Held by                               
               Enterprises, Institutions and Organisations                      
     1. The fixed assets and low value stock, possessing cultural               
value (works  of visual  and applied art, musical instruments and               
other), of  enterprises, institutions,  organisations and also of               
political, religious and public organizations etc.), are included               
in separate  records  in  the  aforementioned  institutions.  The               
Ministry of Finance in coordination with the Ministry of Culture,               
decides the procedure for including these objects in records.                   
     2. Authorities  of  the  institutions  responsible  for  the               
protection of  cultural properties shall have the right to verify               
the lists  of  fixed  assets  and  low  value  stock,  possessing               
cultural value,  and to propose inclusion of the movable cultural               
properties in the Register according to the procedure established               
by law.                                                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter IV                                           
               SAFE-KEEPING OF CULTURAL PROPERTIES                              
                                                                                
     Article 17. Safe keeping of Movable Cultural Properties                    
               in State Depositories                                            
     1.  Safe-keeping   and  accumulation   of  movable  cultural               
properties in state depositories comprises one of the basic parts               
in state  protection of  movable cultural  properties.  For  this               
reason they  are  bought  up,  acquired  in  another  fashion  or               
accepted for safe-keeping based upon rights of deposit.                         
     2. Conditions  and procedure  for  safe-keeping  of  movable               
cultural properties  in state depositories shall be determined by               
the laws  and other  legal acts,  regulating  the  activities  of               
Lithuania's archives, libraries and museums.                                    
     3. Documents  regulating the  protection of movable cultural               
properties  of   state  depositories,   designated  as   cultural               
monuments of  Lithuania, must  establish additional  requirements               
for protection, safe-keeping, conservation and restoration.                     
                                                                                
     Article 18. Safe-keeping of Cultural Properties                            
               Included in the Register                                         
     1. The  Department of  Cultural  Heritage  Protection  shall               
prepare regulations  for  the  safe-  keeping  of  every  movable               
cultural property  included in  the Register,  fill out a movable               
cultural property  certificate  and  give  these  to  the  owner,               
manager or user.                                                                
     2. The  movable cultural  properties shall be kept in safety               
by their  owners, managers  or users.  They shall be obligated to               
observe   the   requirements   of   movable   cultural   property               
regulations.                                                                    
     3.  In  seeking  to  preserve  movable  cultural  properties               
included in the Register, the State shall:                                      
     1)  prepare   the  regulations  for  protection  of  movable               
cultural property;                                                              
     2) monitor  how the  owners, managers  or users  of  movable               
cultural property  observe the  requirements, established  in the               
movable cultural property regulations;                                          
     3) supervise  trade involving  movable cultural  properties,               
their import into the Republic of Lithuania and their export from               
the Republic of Lithuania;                                                      
     4) finance  the conservation,  restoration and  research  of               
movable cultural  properties and organisation of protection means               
and display at exhibitions;                                                     
     5)  furnish   qualified  consultations   gratis,   regarding               
determination  of   ownership  of  movable  cultural  properties,               
condition assessment,  means required  for protection  of movable               
cultural properties,  stock taking  of scientific  properties and               
scientific  investigation  of  movable  cultural  properties  and               
collections;                                                                    
     6) organise search for a missing movable cultural property.                
     4. The  Department of  Cultural  Heritage  Protection  shall               
supervise observance of regulations for the protection of movable               
cultural  properties   included  in   the  Register.   The  State               
Commission for  Cultural Heritage  Protection shall also hold the               
right to control how regulation requirements are met.                           
     5. Should the manager or user of a movable cultural property               
fail to  meet  the  requirements  set  forth  in  the  protection               
regulations, the Department of Cultural Heritage Protection shall               
issue a  written warning  to him and to the owner of the cultural               
property and  shall set  a deadline  for fulfilment of protection               
regulations requirements.  Should the movable property manager or               
user fail to meet the preservation regulation requirements by the               
appointed date,  the Department  of Cultural  Heritage Protection               
shall hold  the right  to demand  that the  owner of  the movable               
cultural property  take it  away from the manager or the user and               
ensure its proper protection.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 19. Compulsory Taking of Movable Cultural                          
               Properties                                                       
     Should the  owner of movable cultural properties included in               
the  Register  fail  to  observe  regulations  governing  movable               
cultural property  protection, and  mismanage it,  or should this               
property face  danger of  destruction through  the owner's fault,               
the movable  cultural property  may be  taken from  the owner for               
compensation according to the procedure established by laws.                    
                                                                                
     Article 20. State Support of Owners of Movable Cultural                    
               Properties Included in the Register                              
     1. The  following shall  be funded  from the State Budget in               
accordance with programmes approved by the Ministry of Culture:                 
     1) work  involved in  research,  conservation,  restoration,               
protection and equipping of movable cultural properties, declared               
as cultural monuments of Lithuania with the means of protection;                
     2)  work   involved  in   examination  of  movable  cultural               
properties,  included   in  the  Register  and  50  per  cent  or               
restoration and conservation work;                                              
     3)  transportation   and  insurance   of  movable   cultural               
properties  included  in  the  Register,  displayed  at  exhibits               
organised by state institutions.                                                
     2. The portion of the expenses incurred by owners of movable               
cultural   properties,    in   the   performance   of   necessary               
conservation, restoration  and research  work  on  exhibited,  or               
otherwise  made   accessible  to  the  public,  movable  cultural               
properties, shall  be compensated  from the protection fund money               
according to  the procedure  established  by  the  fund  for  the               
protection of cultural properties.                                              
     3. Should  a part  of the  movable cultural  property become               
either partially  or totally  destroyed, or  its value  otherwise               
lost, the  funds  expanded  by  the  state  towards  restoration,               
conservation, research  and installation of protection means, may               
be exacted from the owner.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 21. Conservation and Restoration of Movable                        
               Cultural Properties                                              
     1. Both legal and natural persons, in possession of a permit               
(licence) issued  according to the proper procedure, may conserve               
and restore movable cultural properties.                                        
     2.  Only   restorers  who   have  been   certified  by   the               
certification commission of the Ministry of Culture, may conserve               
and restore  movable cultural  properties. Uncertified  restorers               
may also perform certain jobs under their supervision.                          
     3. The  restoration board  affirms  a  program  for  movable               
cultural property  restoration and  conservation,  controls  work               
quality and process and receives the work.                                      
     4. The  Ministry of  Culture determines  the  procedure  for               
conservation and  restoration, while  the Department  of Cultural               
Heritage Protection supervises adherence thereof.                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter V                                           
       TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING MOVABLE CULTURAL PROPERTIES,                      
        MOVABLE CULTURAL PROPERTY EXPORT FROM AND IMPORT                        
                 INTO THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                 
                                                                                
     Article 22. Transactions Involving Cultural Properties,                    
               Included in the Register                                         
     1. The owner of a movable cultural property, included in the               
Register, in wishing to sell it or to otherwise transfer it, must               
advise the  future owner  concerning this  property's status  and               
regulation requirements for protection thereof.                                 
     2. Transactions  involving cultural  properties, included in               
the Register must be drawn up in writing and within the course of               
one month, be registered with the Department of Cultural Heritage               
Protection, which  shall  record  the  new  owner  on  a  movable               
cultural property  certificate and  provide him  with regulations               
relevant to protection of said property.                                        
     3. A  movable property  transaction drawn up with failure to               
observe  the  requirements  of  this  Article,  shall  be  deemed               
invalid.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 23. Trade in Antique Objects                                       
     1. Trade  in antique  objects shall  only be  permitted upon               
receipt of  a  permit  (licence)  issued  by  the  Department  of               
Cultural Heritage Protection.                                                   
     2. The  Government shall establish the regulations for trade               
in antique objects.                                                             
     3. Trade  in antique  objects shall  be  supervised  by  the               
Deaprtment  of   Cultural  Heritage   Protection  and  the  local               
government. The State Commission for Cultural Heritage Protection               
shall also  have the right to verify how the regulations on trade               
in antique objects are being observed.                                          
     4. The Department of Cultural Heritage Protection shall have               
the right to suspend, for a 15-day period, the sale of an antique               
object by  a shop  engaged in  the antique  business. Should  the               
experts establish,  during the  stated 15-day  period,  that  the               
antique object  happens to be a movable cultural property, it may               
be purchased  by the  State or  included in the Register, pending               
permission by the owner.                                                        
     5. State  depositories shall be accorded a priority right to               
acquisition of  movable cultural  properties that are included in               
the Register, found in shops engaged in the antique business, and               
also at  auctions. State depositories shall not hold the right to               
engage in  competitive bidding at auctions. The representative of               
a state depository shall have the right to purchase that cultural               
property, once the final price thereof is announced.                            
                                                                                
     Article 24. Import of Movable Cultural Properties into                     
               the Republic of Lithuania and Export from                        
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
     1.  The   Government  shall   establish  the  procedure  for               
importing movable  cultural properties  and antique  objects into               
the Republic of Lithuania and export of such from the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     2. The  Department of  Cultural  Heritage  Protection  shall               
issue  a  licence  to  export  movable  cultural  properties  and               
antiques, the  export of  which requires  a licence in accordance               
with a  list confirmed  by the  Government. In order to establish               
the worth  of movable  cultural properties  and antiques  and  to               
appraise them,  the Minister  of Culture  shall form  a board  of               
experts for  export of  movable cultural properties. The decision               
regarding an  export licence  must be adopted within 15 days from               
the day  of request.  The Minister  of Culture  has the  right to               
extend this time limit for up to 30 days.                                       
     3. Should  the board  of experts  determine that  the object               
intended for export is a movable cultural property, whose absence               
from  Lithuania   would  impoverish   the  cultural  heritage  of               
Lithuania, a  licence shall  not be  granted for permanent export               
thereof.  Under   these  circumstances,   the  movable   cultural               
property, may  be included  in the  Register or  purchased by the               
state, pending agreement by the owner.                                          
     4. The  Law on  Archives shall  establish the  procedure for               
export and import of archival documents.                                        
     5. The  Department of  Archives  of  Lithuania  shall  issue               
licences for  export of  archival documents  from the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     6. A  movable cultural  property that  is  included  in  the               
Register or  is preserved  at a state museum or library, may upon               
concurrence from  the  State  Commission  for  Cultural  Heritage               
Protection, be  exported from  the Republic of Lithuania, only in               
accordance with international agreements:                                       
     1) in  the event of exchange of movable cultural properties,               
upon the  determination by  a commission  of experts  of  movable               
cultural property  assessment, that the movable cultural property               
received on an exchange basis is unquestionably, more significant               
to Lithuania's  culture, than the movable cultural property given               
in exchange;                                                                    
     2) in  the event  the movable  cultural  property  shall  be               
returned to the state whence it had been exported illegally.                    
     7.  State   insurance  guarantees   for   movable   cultural               
properties may  be applied  to foreign  movable cultural property               
exhibits temporarily  brought  into  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
according to the procedure established by the Government.                       
                                                                                
     Article 25. Return of Movable Cultural Properties                          
               Illegally Taken From the Republic of                             
               Lithuania                                                        
     The statute  of limitations  shall not  apply to  return  of               
movable cultural  porperties illegally  taken out of the Republic               
of Lithuania.  The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
organise the  search  and  return  of  missing  movable  cultural               
properties.                                                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter VI                                           
               FINANCING OF PROTECTION OF MOVABLE                               
                       CULTURAL PROPERTIES                                      
                                                                                
     Article 26. Funding of Movable Cultural Property                           
               Protection                                                       
     1. Protection of movable cultural properties shall be funded               
from the  monies of  the  owners,  managers  or  users  of  these               
properties.                                                                     
     2. The following are financed from the state budget:                       
     1) maintenance  of state depositories and other institutions               
involved in the protection of movable cultural properties;                      
     2. installation,  research, conservation  and restoration of               
measures of  protection of movable cultural property owned by the               
state;                                                                          
     3) state records of movable cultural properties;                           
     4) buying  out of  movable cultural  properties,  compulsory               
taking and  conservation and restoration work of movable cultural               
properties, as  provided for in part one, Article 20 of this Law,               
preparation  of   protection  measures   and  the  insurance  and               
transportation of movable cultural properties;                                  
     5) implementation  of state  programmes for movable cultural               
properties;                                                                     
     6) search  and  recovery  of  illegally  removed  or  stolen               
movable cultural properties;                                                    
     7) maintenance  of institutions  safeguarding protection  of               
movable cultural properties.                                                    
     3. Local government budgets shall fund:                                    
     1) maintenance of depositories and other institutions, which               
are  involved   in  movable   cultural   property   conservation,               
established by local governments;                                               
     2) installation  of protection  measures of movable cultural               
properties  of  local  governments,  research,  conservation  and               
restoration of movable cultural properties;                                     
     3) local  government programmes  for protection  of  movable               
cultural properties.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 27. Movable Cultural Property Protection Fund                      
     1. A  movable cultural  property protection  fund  shall  be               
established at  the Ministry  of Culture,  the provisions whereof               
shall be confirmed by the Government.                                           
     2. The fund money shall be comprised of:                                   
     1) fines  for violations  in regulations  governing  movable               
cultural property  protection,  trade  in  antique  objects,  and               
movable cultural property conservation and restoration;                         
     2) stamp  duty for  issue of  licenses to  export (send out)               
movable cultural properties and antiques;                                       
     3) monies  obtained from sale of movable cultural properties               
and antique objects;                                                            
     4) support  obtained  from  the  state,  local  governments,               
natural and legal persons and charity;                                          
     5) other legally obtained monies.                                          
     3. The fund shall:                                                         
     1) finance  the purchase  by state  depositories of  movable               
cultural properties intended for export or sale;                                
     2) provide  compensation to  owners  for  expenses  incurred               
during conservation,  restoration and  research  work,  involving               
movable cultural  properties, included  in the  Register that are               
being exhibited or made otherwise accessible to the public.                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter VII                                          
                 LIABILITY FOR VIOLATION OF LAW                                 
                                                                                
     Article 28. Liability for Violation of Law                                 
     Individuals  in  violation  of  this  Law  shall  be  liable               
according to the procedure established by laws of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law adopted by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
January 23, 1996                                                                
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