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News article9 March 2012European Anti-Fraud Office

Joint Customs Operation Colosseum



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Customs operations are organised not only to safeguard the EU’s financial interests but also to protect our citizens and on this occasion, our cultural heritage. Joint Customs Operation (JCO) Colosseum was the first joint customs operation to target the illicit trade of cultural goods. From 7 to 18 November 2011, within the activities coordinated by the Customs Cooperation Working Party of the Council of the EU, this joint customs operation was carried out with the aim to fight against the illicit movement of cultural goods.
Among the seizure where these 18 ancient books found by the Italian Customs at Malpensa Airport in Milan.  The books date back to the 16th or 17th century. Their approximate value is 30 000 euros. > Read more ...


Publication date
9 March 2012
European Anti-Fraud Office