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European Access City Awards 2013 Announced

04/12/2012 | 0 comments

Access City Award banner headingOn 3 December 2012 Berlin (Germany) was proclaimed as the winner of the Access City Award 2013.

The Award Ceremony took place in Brussels during the European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference in the presence of Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding and Vice-President of the European Disability Forum Erzsebet Földesi.

The Access City Award Choose translations of the previous link recognises and celebrates cities with over 50,000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment.

The application phase for the Access City Award 2013 closed with 99 cities from 20 EU member states joining the competition.

After a pre-selection at national level, a European Jury composed of experts in accessibility and representatives of the European Commission and the European Disability Forum selected one overall winner, two finalist "runners-up" and four special mentions.

The two finalist "runners-up" are (in alphabetical order):

  • Nantes (France) and
  • Stockholm (Sweden).

The European Jury also decided to attribute special mentions in each of the four key areas of accessibility. These went to:

  • Pamplona (Spain) for the built environment and public spaces
  • Gdynia (Poland) for transport and related infrastructures
  • Bilbao (Spain) for information and communication, including new technologies
  • Tallaght (Ireland) for public facilities and services.

Europe's population, including 80 million people with a mild to severe disability, is concentrated in cities and urban areas. Moreover, Europeans are steadily ageing – which means that more and more of us suffer from reduced mobility. In this context, accessibility has important social and economic benefits.

The award is given to the city that

  • has demonstrably improved accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living:
    • the built environment and public spaces;
    • transport and related infrastructure;
    • information and communication, including Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
    • public facilities and services.
  • is committed to continued improvements in accessibility in a sustainable way;
  • can act as a role model and encourage the adoption of best practices in all other European cities.

Further information

Contact European secretariat of the Access City Award


Tel / fax +48 22 826 84 05

Related links

About the Award Choose translations of the previous link
About accessibility and EU policy Choose translations of the previous link
Access City 2011 Choose translations of the previous link
Access City 2012 Choose translations of the previous link
ENAT Accessible Cities page


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Publisher: European Commission
Date published on the web: 03/12/2012


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