Please summarize in max 3500 characters the main achievements and challenges in implementing the Convention and the outlook for the future. Please note this is not an introduction to the report or an annotated table of contents.:
Lithuania ratified the 2005 Convention in 2006. Since then, the State has introduced a number of measures, which have significantly improved the status of the artist and developed sectorial policies to ensure better access to culture, intended to strengthen cultural industries and involve civil society into policy designing and decision making processes. In 2013, Lithuania was elected as a member of the Intergovernmental Committee. A number of good practices were presented in the first periodical report (2012) of the State. Important progress in the field was made by approving the Lithuanian Advancement Strategy “Lithuania 2030” in 2012, which has integrated culture into the sustainable development policy as a horizontal priority and a strategic element. This has made it possible to define the role of culture in society and to give a stronger voice to the sector in overcoming social, economic, and educational challenges. The debates about the State’s priorities and the fight for public resources among different State-funded sectors still continue.The establishment of the Lithuanian Culture Council resolved the debate on the need to separate the function of the Ministry of Culture as the cultural policy forming institution from the cultural policy implementation function. The Lithuanian Culture Council and the Lithuanian Film Centre became effective instruments to promote the creation, production, distribution and access to a diversity of cultural goods and services as well as to facilitate a balanced flow of cultural goods and services. The establishment of the Lithuanian Culture Institute and the Arts Incubators in major Lithuanian cities contributed to the mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Lithuania and around the world.The Law on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of Lithuania (2013), the Program on Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion (2013) and the National Development Cooperation Commission (renewed in 2014) marked the field of preferential treatment and supported various development cooperation initiatives and projects.Although the National Roma Integration Strategy (Action Plan), which defines the roadmap for public policies aimed at the social inclusion of the Roma in Lithuania, is evidence of positive efforts to develop a national legislation related to human rights and fundamental freedoms, the field still needs to be developed and expanded to other domains. The field of involvement of the civil society and youth into the policy-making processes has to be further developed too. There is also a constant need for developing inter-institutional communication, establishing inter-sectorial platforms for the development of innovative multipurpose approaches and strengthening a better understanding of the needs of the culture sector.Although a significant amount of progress towards ensuring the cultural diversity and expression during the four years of the reporting period was made, a number of various challenges have remained unsolved. Among them are the economic challenges and the lack of harmonization of the strategic planning and implementation levels, which had to be taken into account while planning sustainable culture policies. There is still the need to strengthen the capacity-building processes for promoting a better understanding of the role of creativity in sustainable development and the interconnections of culture and sustainable development in society.