Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

04/12/2018 Brussels

Access City Award 2019

The European Commission rewarded the EU's most accessible cities at a ceremony during the annual European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference in Brussels, on 4 December 2018.

Seven cities were rewarded for their efforts to become more accessible and inclusive.  Overall, 52 applications were received and 46 cities applied to this latest edition of the Access City Award.

Access City Award

In the Access City Award 2019, 5 cities were rewarded for their outstanding work regarding accessibility, with 37 cities applying for the main award.

  • 1st Prize: Breda, The Netherlands
  • 2nd Prize: Evreux, France
  • 3rd Prize: Gdynia, Poland
  • Special mention for continuing improvement: Kaposvar. Hungary
  • Special mention for innovative building environment in challenging topography: Vigo. Spain

Videos featuring winning cities

Breda, the Netherlands

Evreux, France

Gynia, Poland

Kaposvar, Hungary

Vigo, Spain

Special prize for accessibility of cultural heritage

2018 was designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the Access City Award was a perfect opportunity to put forward cities that managed to make heritage accessible to all. 15 applications were received for this special prize. A city with fewer than 50 000 inhabitants received an award for the first time, along with a city with a larger population. The winning cities of the special prize were:

  • Viborg, Denmark –  city with more than 50 000 inhabitants
  • Monteverde, Italy – city with fewer than 50 000 inhabitants

Videos featuring winning cities

Viborg, Denmark

Monteverde, Italy

Celebrating the Access City Award's 10th anniversary!

In the end of 2019, the European Commission will reward the winners of the 10th Access City Award! Follow us on social media to stay informed about the application process.

The Access City Award 2019's brochure is also going to be published soon and published on the EU_Social Twitter account.

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