Scenario > Universal Access to Built Environment

This is a future scenario* to show how the charter can create a shift in how Multi-level governance (MLG) is applied in Europe. It has been developed during the “Engagement Interviews”,  (Brussels – 03-04/2012).

* The following story is a fiction imagined during the co-creation process and does not engage the public authorities or stakeholders eventually mentioned.


Kristjan Vasiliev, Director Community Services, City of Tallinn (Estonia)

Since March 2013 and the City of Tallinn became one of the members of the European collective signatories of the MLG charter. Local partners now have a new form of leverage to claim their rights. The network of local associations working towards a “Design for all city”, after coming across the MLG charter started to work with groups of citizens. Gathering persons with disabilities and reduced mobility, families with young babies using prams everyday and elderly people to bring about inclusive design in the built environment and they all share everyday. The association has been using the MLG Charter Toolkits to make the animation of work session in which citizens have been able to express their design ideas and views on how the public space needs to cater to the diverse array of needs from people in the city. The local council at Tallinn takes on their feedback is able to begin to source funding from the national level to implement this plan and make actions happen on the ground. Once again, through the application of the main principle of the MLG, a shift is happening, creating a culture of people owning the political decisions made in their place.

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