European Commission launches 5th Access City Award competition

Access City AwardOn 5 May, the European Commission opened the competition for the fifth 'Access City Award 2014', the European Award for Accessible Cities. The annual prize recognises and celebrates cities for their efforts to make it easier for the disabled and older people to gain access to public areas such as housing, children’s play areas, public transport or communication technologies.

The Award is part of the EU's wider efforts to create a barrier-free Europe: improved accessibility brings lasting economic and social benefits to cities, especially in the context of demographic ageing. Cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants have until 10 September 2014 to submit their entries for the award.

The European Commission will present the awards on 3 December 2014 in Brussels, on the occasion of the annual "European Day of People with Disabilities Conference". Three prizes and four special mentions (one in each of the areas covered by the Award) will be attributed.

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