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Proposed better accessibility of buildings in Bulgaria

City centre of Sofia, capital of Bulgaria

Sofia  – A program developed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy would help improve access to housing and the mobility of people with disabilities. The draft National Program for Accessible Housing and Personal Mobility has been  published for public discussion till July 28 at Strategy.bg.

The program will be implemented on a project basis on the territory of all municipalities in Bulgaria within the approved budget resources for the respective year and will be controlled by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

The program includes two components – accessible housing and personal mobility for people with disabilities. The first component will finance the implementation of investment projects for building an accessible environment in existing residential buildings and their adjacent spaces, which is free of charge and non-profit. The second component is related to the adaptation of a passenger car to ensure the personal mobility of a person with permanent disability.

In a given year, a person with a disability can apply for both components of the program, but it is necessary to submit two separate applications. Information on the possibilities for financing the activities of the program will be provided in the territorial divisions of the Agency for Social Assistance.

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