The Accessible City award is a special distinction given every year to European cities that make accessibility possible to everyone. It is organized by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum and is one of the actions contemplated in the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to create a Europe without barriers.
There are more than 80 million Europeans with disabilities and, obviously, many of them want to travel or move to another country. On many occasions cities are not prepared to receive them and, thanks to European initiatives such as the Accessible City Prize, it is becoming possible.
Nominate your city for the 10th Access City Award 2020
On 29 November 2019, the European Commission will reward the 10th winners of the Access City Award (first, second and third place prizes and up to four special mentions). Once again, cities will be rewarded for their outstanding work in making their cities more accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly people.
To celebrate this great milestone, the European Commission will award a monetary prize to each of the first winners and the two runners-up as follows:
- 1st prize: €150 000
- 2nd prize: €120 000
- 3rd prize: €80 000
How can my city apply?
Cities across the EU with over 50 000 inhabitants are eligible to apply. If a country has fewer than two cities with so many inhabitants, two or more smaller cities in the country can join to apply. If together they have more than 50 000 inhabitants, they can take part in the Access City Award too.
Applications must be made by completing and submitting the online application form by 11 September 2019 (up until 23:59 Brussels time) at the latest.
A guidance note for applicants and the participation rules will be available on the official Access City Award website. Please read them carefully.
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