The Government of Lithuania on Wednesday backed an inter-institutional action plan for promoting non-discrimination and will allocate over EUR 1.4 million for research and promotion of public tolerance towards groups suffering from discrimination.
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The five-year plan, drafted and presented by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, provides for reducing discrimination, ensuring equal opportunities, raising awareness and promoting respect.

The document stipulates the organization of annual equality and diversity awards, seminars, information campaigns and other educational events aimed at promoting non-discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race or language as well as educating children from ethnic minority and migrating families.

The plan will be implemented by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Minsitry of Culture, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other institutions. Over EUR 1.4 million will be allocated from the state budget for the implementation of the plan in 2015-2017, and additional EUR 724,000 will be received from EU funds.

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