Albania offers free legal aid for disabled

Tirana, Feb 18: Albanian government has promised to provide free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities.

During a round-table discussion hosted by the EU Delegation to Albania, the country’s Minister of Justice, Nasip Naco, Monday pledged free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities, Xinhua reported.

The minister underlined that the institution he heads is very sensitive on the issues concerning the rights of the people with disabilities. He said it is committed to ensure free access to justice by this vulnerable social groups.

The new reform envisages free legal assistance to all individuals with disabilities and people who have no access to justice due to their social and economic problems, said the minister.

“To speed up the process, a legal consulting office would “become operational soon according to a decision by the Ministry of Justice on January 22, 2014. This office will be opened also in other big cities like Shkoder, Korca and Durres”, the minister added.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Albania, Ettore Sequi, emphasised that respecting the rights of people with disabilities is a crucial criterion for Albania’s integration into the European Union.

“EU has prepared a 15-million-euro (over $20 million) project to support disabled people in order to enable Albania move forward on its path towards European integration,” Sequi said.

IANS