3 December 2013
On the occasion of the European Day for people with disabilities on 3 December, the European Commission announced Gothenburg as the winner of the fifth Access City Award 2014, to recognize the Swedish city’s commitment to improving access to transport, housing, work and employment.
The second prize of the Access City Award went to Grenoble (France) and the third to Poznan (Poland) – both cities having exhibited remarkable progress in terms of accessibility to transport, education, accommodation, shopping, culture, sports, tourism and employment.
The European Commission awards special mentions to cities that are pioneers in achieving accessibility in terms of built environment, transport, information and communication technology and public facilities and services. This year, the special mentions are given to Belfast (United Kingdom) for 'Built Environment and Public Spaces, Dresden (Germany) for 'Information and Communication Technologies', Burgos (Spain), for Public Services and Facilities and Malaga (Spain) for Transport and related infrastructures.
The Access City Award was launched in 2010 to raise awareness of disability and promote accessibility initiatives in European cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
AGE Policy Officer for health, new technology and ICT, Julia Wadoux, took part as member of the EU jury. And the following AGE experts were involved in national juries: Hilde Hawlicek (Austria), Nadezhda Todorovska (Bulgaria), Oldrich Stanek (Czech Republic), Dorthe Wille and Ebbe Johansen (Denmark), Pirkko Karjalainen (Finland), Liz Mestheneos (Greece), Claudia Kaiser (Germany), Imre Semsei (Hungary), Charles Sacco (Malta), Ewa Kominev (Poland), Lubica Gálisová (Slovakia), Bozidar Voljc (Slovenia), Ragnar Domstad (Sweden), Peter Rayner (United Kingdom). We thank them all for their useful contribution!
For more information, please consult the website of the European Commission dedicated to the ACA.