03-04/12: Conference for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities
To mark European Day of Persons with Disabilities
on 3 December, the European Commission
held an annual policy conference on 3-4 December, in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum
. The conference was part of the EU’s wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020
and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)
. It took place at the European Commission (Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels).
This year's Conference focused on the active participation of persons with disabilities in different areas of public life, such as politics, media and sports.
The 2012 Conference aimed to:
1. highlight outstanding examples of active involvement of persons with disabilities in politics, media, sports and other visible sectors of our societies;
2. explore how policies at all levels (European, national, local) can support and promote good practice in politics, media, sports.
> ACCESS CITY AWARD 2013
On the first day of the conference, the winner of the
Access City Award 2013
was announced and it was Berlin (DE). The other shortlisted cities of Access City Award 2013 were Bilbao (ES), Gdynia (PL), Nantes (FR), Pamplona (ES), Stockholm (SE) and Tallaght (IE).
The Access City Award is an initiative of the
in partnership with the
European Disability Forum
and it is given to the city that has demonstrably improved accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living, with a coherent approach over 4 key areas of accessibility:
the built environment and public spaces
transport and related infrastructure
information and communication, including new technologies (ICT)
public facilities and services
More information is available on the European Commission's website