Culture News Society, 20/04/2018

Kharkivite Offers Ways to Save Cultural Heritage Nationally

On April 18, head of the national project “Ctrl + S. Law on the Protection of the Cultural Heritage“ Olena Rofe-Beketova spoke at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on cultural heritage protection.

Being a great-granddaughter of the internationally renowned architect Oleksiy Beketov, a civic activist and director of the “Kharkiv with You” charitable foundation Olena Rofe-Beketova is involved in work on saving historical monuments. Her speech in Verkhovna Rada was timed to the International Day for Monuments and Sites or World Heritage Day.

Olena Rofe-Beketova pointed out that cultural heritage’s current situation regarding protection is outrageous and both rogue officials and dishonest architectural specialists are responsible for that.

The Kharkiv activist suggested to the MP’s and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine several ways to improve the present state of affairs. Firstly, Rofe-Beketova called to develop the procedures for giving cultural heritage protection permits; this must be done within three months.

Secondly, she recommended introducing amendments to the Tax Code with preferences to those who invest in historical monuments’ reconstruction.

Also, the activist called to support the bill “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts Concerning the Preservation of Cultural Heritage,” which minimizes the corruption risks in the sphere of cultural heritage preservation.

After her speech, Rofe-Beketova and the first deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine committee concerning culture and spirituality Iryna Podolyak agreed on cooperation. The corresponding bill was handed over to Iryna Podolyak, who agreed that the situation requires urgent legislative changes. Iryna Podolyak and Olena Rofe-Beketova are going to discuss the bill in detail next week.

Reference: “Ctrl + S. The Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage” project aims at introducing legislation changes to preserve architectural monuments of Ukraine. Lawyers and project consultants conducted the research and gathered expert opinions to submit the amendments to legislation to the Parliament Committee a few days ago.   As a part of the project, “To Save or not to Save” documentary was made and broadcasted on the TV Channel 24.

Video of Olena Rofe-Beketova’s speech on the project FB page.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Bagels&Letters