The European Commission announced, on 1 June, the launch of a new €20 million package to tackle discrimination around the world. “It is clear that no country can develop in the long term when some minorities face serious threats, intimidation and even violence because of who they are,” Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said. “The new package launched today is a clear signal of the EU’s determination to help civil society and willing partners to make diversity acceptable and an asset of our society,” he added. The new funds will be made available to NGOs and civil society groups to fight discrimination on the ground. It is the first funding specifically set up for the purpose of non-discrimination under the current European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). It will be launched through the Commission’s call for proposals in 2013.