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The Takeover of a Movable Monument under Polish Law

The article outlines the problem of takeover of a movable monument under Polish law. It should be pointed out that the institution has a long tradition in the Polish legal system. Where there is a the threat of potential destruction, theft, loss or illegal export abroad, a movable monument may be taken over by the voivodeship inspector of monuments, by means of a decision, to become the property of the State Treasury, and made to serve a cultural, educational or tourist purpose, upon compensation in the amount equivalent to the market value of this monument being made. In the same circumstances, a minister competent for the culture and the protection of national heritage has a duty to issue a decision about a takeover of a movable monument signed on the List of Heritage Treasures. Obviously, the decision to take over a movable monument is a significant limitation of the right to ownership of the monument.