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Minority rights are strenghtened

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In March 2009 the Swedish government presented a new minority rights strategy in the government bill From Recognition to Empowerment - the Government's Strategy for the National Minorities (no. 2008/2009:158). The strategy contains a number of changes to strengthen the rights of national minorities and to raise the level of ambitions for the implementation of the minority rights policy. The government allocates 70 million Swedish crowns for the reform which is to take effect January 1, 2010. The budget for the minority policy will be more than 80 million crowns in total. The Parliament adopted the bill on June 10, 2009.