The first meeting of the Barrier-Free Environment Council in Ukraine was held with the participation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and First Lady Olena Zelenska.
The participants considered the solutions in priority areas provided by the ministries in the context of the National Strategy for the Barrier-Free Environment in Ukraine until 2030, which had been initiated by First Lady Olena Zelenska. The aforesaid projects will be included in the Action Plan for its implementation in 2021-2022.
"Joining effort, we must form a clear, step-by-step action plan and determine priorities for each area of barrier-free access that need to be implemented first. Concrete ways of overcoming all barriers that exist in Ukraine will be formed," Denys Shmyhal stressed.
For her part, the First Lady emphasized that a barrier-free environment is becoming a new social norm.
"The changes initiated by the Barrier-Free Environment Council are not just about people who are forced to face various barriers in their lives. These changes are primarily about what kind of country we aspire to be. A country where everyone has equal rights and opportunities. A country free of barriers," Olena Zelenska said.
On the outcomes of the meeting of the Council, the Prime Minister commissioned the ministries to finalize the Action Plan together with the voiced proposals.
"As part of government policy, we will integrate the barrier-free environment into other programs and initiatives as much as possible. I also appeal to local community leaders to get involved in the process as far as possible. Barrier-free access should be equally provided for both residents of the capital and residents of small villages throughout Ukraine," summed up Denys Shmyhal.