Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

25/11/2022 Brussels

Access City Award 2023 competition

Across Europe, cities are breaking down barriers for persons with disabilities. Is your city one of them? Then apply for the 2023 edition of the Access City Award.

Why apply?

  • Participating in the Award is an opportunity to gain European recognition and a unique chance to review the current situation in your city.
  • It also allows you to share experiences with other European cities, helping you to become an even better city to live and visit.
  • Winning cities receive a financial prize:
    • 1st prize: €150 000
    • 2nd prize: €120 000
    • 3rd prize: €80 000

Who can apply?

The Access City Award is open to

  • all EU cities of over 50 000 inhabitants
  • urban areas composed of two or more towns with a combined population of over 50 000 inhabitants, if they are in EU countries with fewer than 2 cities with over 50 000 inhabitants


The juries will consider measures taken and planned in the following areas:

  • built environment and public spaces
  • transport and related infrastructure
  • information and communication, including new technologies (ICTs)
  • public facilities and services


  • 13 June 2022: Launch of the competition
  • 8 September 2022 (23:59 CEST): Application deadline
  • Beginning of November 2022: Announcement of finalists
  • 25 November 2022: Announcement of winner and runners-up at the award ceremony

Award ceremony

The winner of the 2023 Access City Award will be announced at the conference to celebrate the European Day of Persons with Disabilities on 24-25 November. You can watch the European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference live. If you have any accessibility requirements, please send an email to EMPL-EDPD-ACA@ec.europa.eu.

The 2022 winner: Luxembourg City

Consult examples of best practices by the 2022 winner and finalists in the brochure.


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