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A NEW EDITION OF THE ACCESS•CITY AWARD IS LAUNCHED!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
The fourth edition of the award is open as of mid May 2013. Applications must be made by completing and submitting the online application form not later than the established deadline, 10 September 2013, midnight, Brussels time. Detailed information on the procedure is available at http: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/access-city-award-2014/index_en.htm
In order to facilitate your participation, for the first time the guidelines and the participation rules are available in all official EU languages on the website.
The award recognises cities for their efforts to remove barriers in key aspects of everyday life. It highlights the most successful initiatives that allow people with disabilities to participate fully in society and to enjoy their fundamental rights on an equal footing with others.The award covers 4 key areas of accessibility:
the built environment and public spaces
transport and related infrastructure
information and communication, including new technologies (ICTs)
public facilities and services.
Which cities won the previous editions?
In the 2010 inaugural edition, 66 European cities from 19 EU Member States participated in the competition. The winning city was Ávila in Spain. The three other finalists were Barcelona (Spain), Cologne (Germany) and Turku (Finland).
Interest for the second edition of the Access City Award was on the rise in 2011, with 114 applications received from 23 EU Member States. The Austrian city of Salzburg was proclaimed as the overall winner. The three finalist “runners-up” were (in alphabetical order): Kraków (Poland), Marburg (Germany) and Santander (Spain). The European Jury also decided to attribute “special mentions” for notable achievements to: Terrassa (Spain) for the built environment and public spaces, Ljubljana (Slovenia) for transport and related infrastructures, Olomouc (Czech Republic) for information and communication, including new technologies and Grenoble (France) for public facilities and services.
In the third edition of the Access City Award, 99 cities from 20 EU member states joined the competition. The Award was given to the German City of Berlin at a ceremony organised in Brussels on 3 December 2012, on the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities. The two other finalists were: Nantes (France) and Stockholm (Sweden). The jury also assigned special mentions to: Pamplona (Spain) for the built environment and public spaces, Gdynia (Poland) for transport and related infrastructures, Bilbao (Spain) for information and communication, including new technologies and Tallaght (Ireland) for public facilities and services.
European secretariat of the Access City Award
Tel / fax +48 22 826 84 05