Round table on the theme: "Providing citizens with free legal assistance"

Discussion on providing citizens with free legal assistance was held on 16 July in the hall of the Lviv Regional branch of the Association of Ukrainian cities (Lviv, Chuprynky Street, 5). Among the participants were representatives of the NGO "Community Development"(“Rozvytok Hromady”).

A round table was held within the project "Ensuring the provision of free legal assistance in small communities" with the support of International Renaissance Foundation. The event was attended by the representative of the International Renaissance Foundation Olga Galchenko, Chairman of the Board of the research center of local government Volodymyr Brygilewych, head of the Centre of legal information and consultation Zoriana Chrystyna, the lawyers of the Centre of research of local government Chrystyna Tybinka and Ivan Olenyn, lawyer of NGO 

"Community Development" Tetiana Panasenko, the Director of the Second Lviv local centre to providing free secondary legal assistance Oleg Danko. Also the participants of the discussion were the leaders of the settlements of Lviv region, namely, mayors of  Zhovkva - Petro Vychopen, Velyki Mosty- Jaroslav Royko, Peremyshlyany -Olexander Zozulya and Bibryki - Taras Chaban. 

During the round table the participants were explained in more details the provisions of the law of Ukraine "On free legal assistance", were set out the legal aspects of the introduction of free legal assistance to local governments provided information about the opening and organization of primary and secondary legal assistance, explained the practical aspects of reception of citizens and the role of consultation in establishing social ties in communities.

During the conversation, the representatives of local authorities informed the audience about the need to establish legal aid centres in small towns.

"Summarizing the discussion, all the participants of the roundtable agreed that the opening of the centres of primary and secondary legal assistance are necessary for ensuring the rights of citizens, protect their rights and legitimate interests. Especially such centres should be created in small towns, remote from regional centers," - said the activist of the NGO "Community Development", the lawyer Tetyana Panasenko.