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News 27/05/2021

Best practice in making EU cities more accessible: Access City Award 2021 report just out

Find out about the champions of accessibility and how they are ensuring equal opportunities for all to take part in day-to-day life in their cities.

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The Access City Award offers a chance for cities in Europe to show what they have done to become accessible for all people. 

This year saw even more applicants than last year, and given the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, some cities even got a special mention for their efforts in ensuring accessibility to those who were debilitated by the virus.

The Access City Award 2021 report highlights the best practices carried out by Jönköping, Bremerhaven, Gdynia, Poznań, Komotini and Florence to make their cities more accessible and ensure that all the citizens are able to take part in community life in an independent and equal manner.

Each of the winners offered solutions and innovative approaches towards removing various accessibility barriers for citizens.

Jönköping won first place after a stand out approach in consulting citizens to find out what practice would be best for them.

Nestled in between woodlands and water, accessibility requires attention in Jönköping. By listening directly to elderly, disabled and others living in the city, Jönköping identified solutions and even set up a local award for businesses in the city to reward them for improving their accessibility.

This grass-roots initiative could serve as a model for the rest of the EU.

These inspirational approaches to including all citizens and granting them equal access to city life deserve our recognition and celebration. Find out more by reading the full report.

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