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European Commission launches 5th Access City Award competition
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Published on 05-06-14

The European Commission has today opened the competition for the fifth 'Access City Award 2014', the European award for accessible cities. The annual prize recognises and celebrates cities for their efforts to make it easier for the disabled and older people to gain access to public areas such as housing, children’s play areas, public transport or communication technologies. Cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants have until 10 September 2014 to submit their entries for the award. The European Commission will present the awards on 3 December 2014 in Brussels, on the occasion of the annual "European Day of People with Disabilities Conference". Up to three cities in each country will be selected by national juries based on the evaluation criteria provided by the European Commission. Thesenational candidates will then be assessed by a European Jury. Moreover, there will be four special mentions, one in each of the areas covered by the Award. The UK has yet to win but last year a special mention was given to Belfast which was shortlisted among the seven best.

    European Commission launches 5th Access City Award competition

    "The Access City award allows cities across Europe to showcase their efforts in making life more accessible for all! I am pleased to see that there are so many good practices shown by European cities - accessibility offers new business opportunities and can be a real stimulus for innovation and growth. I encourage all European cities to participate in this excellent European initiative and help make Europe more accessible for all" said Vice-President Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice.

    The Access City Award covers actions in the areas of:

    • Built environment and public spaces;
    • Transport and related infrastructures;
    • Information and communication, including new technologies (ICTs); and
    • Public facilities and services.

    EU policy on accessibility

    Specific provisions on accessibility are contained in EU legislation in areas such as transport and electronic communication services.

    The EU makes use of a variety of instruments beyond legislation and policy, such as research and standardisation, to optimise the accessibility of the built environment, ICT, transport, and other areas, and to foster an EU-wide market for accessible products and services.

    The EU also aims to improve the functioning of the assistive technology market for the benefit of people with disabilities and supports a "Design for all" approach that benefits a wider part of the population, such as elderly people and those with reduced mobility.

    More information

    Would you like to have your city projects featured in the next booklet of the Access City Award? Click here if you want to share your experiences and actions with other cities.

    Read more about the Access City Award on:

    Access City Award 2014

    Access City Award 2015

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