The Access City Award 2016, the European prize for accessible cities, is now open for applications. European cities with over 50.000 inhabitants can submit their ideas, projects and strategies for the sixth edition of this award, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Disability Forum. The aim is to celebrate cities for their efforts to facilitate the access for people with limited mobility to public areas, housing, children's playgrounds, public transport and communication technologies. In line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, accessibility is one of the pillars of the European Union's Disability Strategy 2010-2020 which aims at creating a barrier-free Europe for all. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2015, and the selection process has two stages, first at national level and then followed by the European selection. Rules, guidance and instructions to apply are available in all official EU languages. The award ceremony will take place on 7 December 2015 at a ceremony during the annual European Day of People with Disabilities Conference.
In 2015, the winner of the Access City Award was Borås (Sweden). Helsinki (Finland) took the second prize and Ljubljana (Slovenia) the third prize. The special mentions went to Arona and Logroño (Spain), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg), and Budapest (Hungary).
As in previous years, a brochure with the outcome of the Access City Award 2015 and the winning cities was published by the European Commission. You will find in the brochure detailed information on the innovative projects, funding and contact information of each winning city.