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LITHUANIA: Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

Full name in the national language(s):

Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba

Postal address:
Šeimyniškių g. 1A, LT-09312 Vilnius

General email address:
Telephone number:

+370 5 272 7719, +370 5 261 2740

Other social media channels:

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Lithuanian, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Mintautė Jurkutė

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Agneta Lobačevskytė

Contact Person


Julija Šartuch


Main Informations


Our mission is to ensure implementation of equal opportunities and prevention of discrimination in society.
Our vision is a society that is aware of equal opportunities.
Our values are professionalism, impartiality, openness, equal attention to everyone.

Brief history

Lithuanian Parliament adopted the Republic of Lithuania Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men on 1 December 1998. This law came into effect on 1 March 1999. The first Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson was appointed on 20 April 1999. The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson was established on 25 May 1999 by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
On 1 January 2005, a new Law on Equal Treatment came into force. Ombudsperson’s mandate was extended and guaranteed the right to file complaints to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson in cases of discrimination on grounds of age, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or beliefs. When the Law on Equal Treatment came into force, the Office name changed to the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and the Ombudsperson’s job title was changed to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. At present, the Law on Equal Treatment establishes 13 prohibited grounds of discrimination: gender, race, nationality, language, origin, social status, belief, convictions or views, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion.
The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson is a budgetary institution financed from the state budget. Ombudsperson, by proposal from the Speaker of the Seimas, is assigned for a term of five years by secret voting in Parliament. Ombudsperson is accountable to Parliament and is responsible for the enforcement of the Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and the Law on Equal Treatment.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesnoyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)yesyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesnonono
Publications and reportsnonoyesyesyesno
Research projects (including surveys)yesnoyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano data102165
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)158170203263279330
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no data1010101010
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes
Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
no data338496.72370828.61360267.11388892.77406349.32
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament