Legal accessibility was launched in 2016 as a project of the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI). The project supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Justice aimed at identifying the pertaining legal and administrative obstacles along the Hungarian borders and drafting recommendations on the potential solutions thereof – based on the experiences of European best practices. The individual project has gradually became an overall initiative. This process was supported by the Cross-Border Reviewproject launched in parallel by the European Commission in 2015.
Within the framework of the first project, the experts of CESCI pointed out the ways of continuation and they carried out their work along these points. The major fields of the initiative are:
- identification of concrete obstacles making cross-border cooperation or daily life difficult in border regions, and elaboration of recommendations to overcome them;
- drafting of comprehensive policy and legal documents;
- support for the development of a permanent institutional structure of legal accessibility;
- working out of solutions for the problems of lack of information.
By the initiative, CESCI intends to contribute both the better permeability of Central European borders and the amelioration of living conditions of the people living in border areas.