ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION IN THE REALM OF LEGISLATION

ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION IN THE REALM OF LEGISLATION

The Association of Castle Owners has succeeded in having one of its board members named to the Expert Committee of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic on the care of Monuments.

This will permit the Association to influence the preparation of, and amendments to, Acts concerning Monuments, and the concomitant regulations relating to the care of significant cultural, architectural and historic monuments.The Association hopes to bring about tax benefits, which are common in EU countries, for the owners of immovable cultural, architectural and historic monuments. The existing tax benefits (e.g. tax on immovables, depreciation of any improvements to cultural, architectural and historic monuments, and inheritance tax) are totally insufficient.

The Association plans to continue and intensify its actions

Association’s goal to become recognized as a respected partner to a number of state bodies, in particular the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Institute. The Association plans to continue and intensify its actions:

To bring about regular granting

Bring about the granting of state and European Union subsidies for the operation and maintenance of cultural, architectural and historic monuments in the same manner as those under state administration.

To bring about tax benefits

Bring about tax benefits, which are common in EU countries, for owners of immovable monuments (e.g. tax on immovable, depreciation of any improvements to cultural, architectural and historic monuments, and inheritance tax).

To increase state’s interest in the preservation of monuments

A number of significant cultural, architectural and historic monuments are privately owned and it is not possible to continue to discriminate against the owners of these properties, as well as many private monuments also fall under the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic. The state must take an interest in their preservation.

To present political climate

In the Czech Republic politicians are ever more aware of the uniqueness of the country, due to its large number of more or less well-preserved castles, manor houses and fortresses. This immovable cultural wealth is one of the few unique attractions that the Czech Republic is able to offer Europe and the world.

As the activities of the Association expand

it is the Association’s goal to become recognised as a respected partner to a number of state bodies, in particular the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Institute.

The Association also uses to its advantage the present political climate in the Czech Republic, where politicians are ever more aware of the uniqueness of the country, due to its large number of more or less well-preserved castles, manor houses and fortresses. This immovable cultural wealth is one of the few unique attractions that the Czech Republic is able to offer Europe and the world. Initial talks with heads of the regional administrations confirm considerable interest in “their” immovable cultural, architectural and historic monuments, which are dominant features of the respective regions.

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