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.
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.