The built environment are the structures made by humans to live and work in. These must be inclusive to accommodate everybody’s access needs, including those of people from different ages, ranging sizes, and disabilities.
Built environment

We successfully promote accessibility provisions in European legislation on public procurement (the services hired by the government to provide public services) and closely follow the development of the CEN Mandate 420, which supports the standardisation of the provisions.  

We also promote the provisions within the European Structural Funds and Trans-European Networks (TEN-T).

The European Union has a key role to play in further developing the Design for All principle in relation to goods and services as well as buildings and infrastructure.

Therern is currently no general EU obligation for public authorities or the rnprivate sector to meet accessibility requirements when building new or rnrenovating existing infrastructure. This is why we strongly encourage rnand promotes legislation in the field.

Access City Awards

We co-organise this award with the European Commission to recognize European cities actively improving their accessibility.


  • 2020 – Warsaw, Poland
  • 2019 – Breda, the Netherlands
  • 2018 – Lyon, France
  • 2017 – Chester, United Kingdom
  • 2016 – Milan, Italy
  • 2015 – Borås, Sweden
  • 2014 – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2013 – Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 – Salzburg, Austria
  • 2011 – Ávila, Spain


Other related legal texts at the European Union level