Belgium is regarding cultural heritage divided in Flanders and Wallonia.
Flanders adheres more to the Anglo-Saxon way of thinking, while Wallonia uses the French, more Latin way. This means that Flanders is developing deaccessioning tools, while Wallonia prefers a inalienability of museum objects.
Next to this, in Flanders, it is common for individual museums to have their own policy on deaccessioning and disposal.
Country details for Belgium
Kingdom of Belgium
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Legislation and Other tools
Deaccessioning possibilities in Belgium:
Flanders: The new Cultural Heritage Decree (Cultureel Erfgoed decreet, Feb. 2017) describes that one of the tasks of museums is the relocation of objects.
§3.8. A function: core task in cultural heritage function (of museum). The functions are: a) recognizing and collecting: The appointing, mapping, registering, documenting, assessing, accessing, selecting and relocating of cultural heritage.
Décret relatif aux biens culturels mobiliers et au patrimoine immatériel de la Communauté française (2002) §10
§10. Any owner of the real rights in a classified property must, before disposing of these rights, whether free of charge or onerous, notify: 1: to the alienate the classification of the property and the consequences that follow from it; 2: to the Government the identity and the address of the alien, The classification is, in any event, opposable to the alien and to any holder of the property.
Belgium has no guidelines for deaccessioning and disposal
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