National Legal Aid Bureau launched a project "Effective legal assistance - improving skills of of National Legal Aid Bureau employees". The implementation period expands to 12 months. The project is being fiancially supported by the European Union through the Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity".
The main objective of the project scheme is to improve the work quality and effectiveness of the National Legal Aid Bureau. The project focuses on upgrading the skills and competencies of National Legal Aid Bureau personnel. Thus, the Bureau believes would increase their capacity to better perform professional obligations. The project team planns to create conditions for increased work efficiency and quality of service for the direct beneficiaries.
Within the project "Effective legal assistance - improving skills of of National Legal Aid Bureau employees", the desk staff would go through a series of training modules according to their current professional commitments.
The project activities would improve the performance of individual units of the National Legal Aid Bureau. The project would also increase work efficiency of the administration and raise the capacity of the institution to effectively implement the Bulgarian Legal Aid Act provisions.
The implementation of Predefined project No4 "Improving Access to Legal Aid for Vulnerable Groups, via the Implementation of a Pilot Scheme for “Primary Legal Aid Hotline” and Regional Consultative Centres" began February 2013. The project is being carried out by the National Legal Aid Bureau as a governmental body responsible for management and development of the legal aid system in Republic of Bulgaria. The realization of the project is financially supported by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and is being implemented in partnership with Open Society Institute and Council of Europe.
The project aims at developing the primary legal aid provision in the country. This would be achieved through introduction of mechanisms for better protection of the rights and freedoms of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. National Legal Aid Bureau would introduce a National legal aid hotline for provision of free-of-charge legal advice. Furthermore, under the predefined project would be established two regional Legal Aid Centrers in Vidin and Sliven. National Legal Aid Bureau would also prepare proposals for amending the legal aid legislation in the country.
The successful implementation of the above mentioned services, their validation and integration in the administrative structures will be ensured through the participation of the Advisory Council on the project. The Council is comprised ofkey leaders, representing structures that determine the development of statesmanship, legal and public life in the country.
Expected outcome of the implementation of this project scheme is the increased number of persons whose fundamental rights and interests are adequately and timely protected. As the main public authority engaged in protecting the most vulnerable and marginalized populations, NLAB is committed to continue the maintenance and development of the newly introduced services.