Development of traditional crafts
In 2008 the Programme for Protection of National Heritage Products and Development of
Traditional Crafts was approved by Govemment decree. This can be seen as promotion of
culturai industries, as traditional crafts fall under the definition of culturai industries in Lithuania.
Traditional crafts centres in 13 municipalities were established while implementing this
Programme in 2010 and 2011. Each project for establishing a traditional crafts centre received
joint support of around LTL 700,000 Litas from the state and European Union Structural Funds.
The Structural Funds also supported 6 projects in 2010 and 4 projects in 2011; these are being
implemented by traditional craftsmen to develop and promote their crafts.
The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for implementation of the Programme for Protection
of National Heritage Products and Development ofTraditional Crafts.