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The resolution to form an international working group for the development of new and young international dealers leads a programme of initiatives announced at the end of the organisation's 2006 General Assembly Events held in Utrecht, Netherlands from June 29 to July 1.

It reflects widespread concern that a career in the art and antiques industry is proving less attractive to the young these days. Whether this is because there are fewer opportunities, more red tape, workers at the lower end being paid less well than in other industries, or whether the industry is seen as outdated is not clear, but dealer and auctioneer associations in the UK are already working to reverse that trend.

Meanwhile, CINOA are also to form working groups to look at regulations affecting the art world and are relaunching their website over the summer, to provide online galleries and improved search capabilities by location, item, artist or movement.

The new site will also contain information on important policy changes and regulations affecting dealers and collectors internationally.

"CINOA is working to provide a better international working platform for the art and antiques market," said Bo Knutsson, president of CINOA. "Last year we opened up a Secretariat office in Brussels, and this year we are putting in place new initiatives to help support the art and antiques trade internationally."

By Ivan Macquisten