On September 15 2016 the conclusions and recommendations of the report of the Council of Europe on the evaluation of the system of free legal aid in Ukraine in the light of standards and best practices of the Council of Europe were presented in Kyiv. Significant achievements over a relatively short period of time since the start of operation of the system in 2011 were noted. Recommendations for further improvement by the organization of its work and interaction with other participants in the justice system were developed.
During the opening event the head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine Morten Enberg said: "Legal aid is an essential element of a fair and efficient justice system based on the protection of human rights and the rule of law. This is the basis of improving access to justice through the right to a fair trial enshrined in Article 6 of the European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Therefore, it is important to introduce mechanisms to improve the quality and accessibility of legal aid guaranteed by the state."
He recalled that the Resolution 1466 (2005) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe "On the implementation of obligations and commitments by Ukraine" included a commitment to improve access to justice by introducing a system of free legal aid in accordance with the Council of Europe standards and practices of the European Court of human rights.
“We can sincerely congratulate Ukraine on completion this task, on such significant progress achieved”, noted the head of the Office of the Council of Europe.
Left to right: Chairman of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine Morten Enberg, the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko and the Director of the Coordinating centre for legal aid provision Andriy Vyshnevsky. Photo by Coordinating centre for legal aid provision.
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