"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.