Córdoba, Grenoble, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Merida and Helefteo are finalists for the Accessible City Award 2023


Thanks to their efforts, these cities now have the opportunity to be recognized for the accessibility they offer to everyone, including people with disabilities.

The cities of Córdoba (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Merida (Spain) and Skellefteå (Sweden) were selected as finalists for the Accessible City Award 2023. Thanks to their efforts, these cities now have the opportunity to be recognized for the accessibility that offer to everyoneincluding people with disabilities.

THE Vice President for Values ​​and Transparency Mr. Viera Jourova said: “I would like to congratulate the finalists for the important efforts they are making to make European cities more accessible and friendly for all their citizens. Accessibility has a significant impact on everyday life and the efforts made to ensure that everyone enjoys the same level of freedom and autonomy should be recognised. I hope that this year’s winners will be a source of inspiration for other cities.”

THE Equality Commissioner Ms. Helena Daly said: “Cities that facilitate access for all their residents and visitors, regardless of their mobility, age or disability, should be recognized and honoured. The Accessible City Award recognizes cities that have prioritized accessibility to improve the quality of life for all. Cities where people can live and participate fully in social activities are livelier and more dynamic.”

These cities presented their good practices and highlighted their efforts to ensure equal access to city life for people with disabilities and older people, including in housing and public transport, as well as information technologies and services and communications. Of the 43 cities that applied for the award, some were pre-selected by national experts, while a European jury then pre-selected six cities. The winners of the Accessible City Award will be announced on 25 November 2022 at an award ceremony at the European Disability Day conference, organized by the European Commission in collaboration with the European Disability Forum.

Lena Flitzani

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