- February 18, 2014
Work on national minorities act to be completed soon
Lithuanian Prime Minister, Algirdas Butkevičius has met with representatives of the community of national minorities, national minority community council and representatives of academic community, in order to discuss current issues.
During the meeting they have reached agreement on the issue of an institution that would coordinate the activity of national minority communities and they have decided to complete work on national minorities act as soon as possible.
‘It has been agreed that works on national minorities act should be completed soon and that it should meet the expectations of all groups of national minorities. It requires cooperation and good will,’ said the PM, stressing that the government seeks to improve the quality of life and integration of all Lithuanian citizens.
As the Government Press Office says, during the meeting its has been agreed that a draft of the act presented by a working group led by the Deputy Minister of Culture Edward Trusewicz needs amendments. The process of implementing amendments to the draft will be supervised by the government office, with advice from representatives of academic community and political scientists.
‘We will improve the draft in order to give national minority communities as much freedom as possible, but the Parliament will be presented with such a version that will be in accordance with the Constitution and existing legal acts,’ said first deputy chancellor of the government Remigijus Motuzas.
Tłumaczenie by Anna Leśkiewicz w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Anna Leśkiewicz within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.