The National Council of Reforms chaired by President Petro Poroshenko considered the initiative of the President, the Government and the Ministry of Justice on increasing the protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as improving the provision of free legal aid.
“The initiative we put forward together with the Government and the Ministry of Justice is also very important,” Petro Poroshenko informed on the presentation and discussion of the concept of “I have the right” program regarding the system of free legal aid.
“Over 8 million citizens have the right to free legal aid and hundreds of thousands of people apply for this aid and receive it. However, this is not enough,” the President noted.
According to him, the joint program should be initiated that will be named “I have the right”. “And it will be not only the free legal aid in courts. It is also free legal consultations available for the most vulnerable population,” the Head of State noted.
The President said that the implementation of the given project would allow Ukrainians to get an answer free of charge: how to calculate the subsidy, fight against the illegal seizure of property, protect oneself from the actions of the local government, defend one’s rights.
“This is extremely important,” the President said and thanked the Government and the Ministry of Justice that submitted the respective draft law.
"I am convinced that this program will increase the level of protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens, inter alia, from the legal point of view," the President emphasized.