The recipient of the Access City Award was Jönköping, in Sweden. Bremerhaven in Germany and Gdynia in Poland won second and third place, respectively. Special mention awards were also received by Poznán in Poland, Komotini in Greece, and Florence in Italy.
The Access City Award is a prize for Europe's most accessible cities. All EU cities with a population over 50 000 are eligible. This is a great opportunity for cities to showcase their initiatives to become barrier-free, and to be better places for everyone to work and live in.
The winner of the 2021 Access City Award is the city of Jönköping, in Sweden. Jönköping made continuous improvements in both the new and old areas of the city, in collaboration with disability organisations. The city also created a local ‘Access City Award’, for businesses or organisations that worked with their customers to improve accessibility. Out of 50 applications, Jönköping was designated the winner of the 11th edition of the Access City Award at the online ceremony on 1 December.
The city of Bremerhaven in Germany and the city of Gdynia in Poland are won second and third place for the 2021 Access City Award, respectively.
Poznań in Poland received a special mention for accessibility of public services in times of the pandemic. Two further special mentions were awarded to Komotini in Greece for “accessibility as an opportunity for the whole city” and Florence in Italy for the “built environment”.