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Country Summary for MALTA

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property

“Centre” means Malta Centre for Restoration, which is a center of excellence for the teaching, training, research and practice of Conservation, restoration, maintenance, management and presentation of the cultural heritage. (CHA §§ (I)(2) & (III)(10)(1)(b)).


“Conservation” means any activity required to maximize the endurance or minimize the deterioration of any cultural property as far as possible, and includes examining, testing, recording, and preserving any such cultural property or any part thereof. (CHA § (I)(2)).


“Cultural Heritage” means movable or immovable objects of artistic, architectural, historical, archeological, ethnographic, paleontological and geological importance and includes information or data relative to cultural heritage pertaining to Malta or to any other country. An object shall not be deemed to form part of cultural heritage unless it has existed in Malta, including the territorial waters thereof, or in any other country, for fifty years, or unless it is an object of cultural, artistic, historical, ethnographic, scientific or industrial value, even if contemporary, that is worth preserving. (CHA §§ (I)(2)-(3)).

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III.  Export Restrictions

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Heritage Malta
Head Office
Ex Royal Naval Hospital
Triq Marina
Kalkara KKR
+356 2295 4000
+356 2122 2900

Anthony Pace
Superintendent for Cultural Heritage
173 St. Christopher Street
Malta (contains legislation)
+356 23950500