Access City Award 2018: cities can apply by 11 September

20 June 2017

European Union (EU) cities are invited to participate in the 8th edition of the Access City Award. This is the European prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people. European cities over 50.000 inhabitants will have the opportunity to present their activities and strategies designed to make cities barrier-free, better places for everyone to live and work. At a ceremony during the annual European Day of People with Disabilities Conference in Brussels on 5 December 2017, the European Commission will hand over awards to five EU cities. There will be first, second and third prize plus special mentions.

Cities can apply online here. by 11 September 2017 (midnight Brussels time). The selection process has two stages: first at national level and then followed by the European selection.

Why an Access City Award 2018 if it all happens in 2017?

The Access City award allows the winning cities to showcase their efforts in making life more accessible for disabled and older people during the following year. Like this, the winners will continue raising awareness of accessibility across their city and across Europe. EU cities will also keep the commitment to implement their proposed plans for the future and share their practices in the EU Member States.

Accessibility benefits all people

Your initiatives can inspire other cities to improve their policy and activities in the field of accessibility. As in previous years, a brochure with the outcome of the Access City Award 2017 and the winning cities was published by the European Commission.

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, emphasises in the brochure that accessibility policy plays a key role in removing the barriers people with disabilities still face in their daily lives. ''Accessibility thrives when there is the political will to make it happen and when policy makers actively engage in dialogue with experts, people with disabilities, companies and service providers. Making cities accessible will, in the end, benefit all people".

You will find detailed information in the brochure on the innovative projects, funding and contact information of each winning city. Reading the brochure can give you an idea of which of your existing projects could be highlighted in your application. At the same time, the brochure’s content could inspire you to start new projects to improve accessibility in your cities.

Watch what happened during the ceremony for the 2017 Access City Award.

For more information, visit the Access City Award web page here.

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