On 3rd December, on the occasion of the European Day for People with Disabilities, the European Commission announced the Swedish city of Borås to be the winner of the 2015 Access City Award. Borås’s has been awarded for its comprehensive and strategic approach to create an accessible city for all and help remove the many barriers faced by people with disabilities in their daily life. The second prize was awarded to Helsinki (Finland) and the third prize to Ljubljana(Slovenia).
If making accessible cities is important for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, it can benefit a much larger part of the population, in particular with regards to the rapid ageing of the population in Europe. Promoting accessibility and mobility is one of the major objectives of AGE Platform Europe’s campaign in favour of age-friendly environments in Europe; this is why we have been involved, this year again, in the Access City Award as members of the jury both at national and European levels.
We would like to thank the following AGE’s experts for their involvement in national juries:
Bulgaria : Nadezhda Todorovska
Czech Rep. : Oldrich Stanek
Germany: Heidrun Mollenkopf
Poland: Ewa Kominev
Portugal: Paulo Tomás Neves
Slovakia: Lubica Galinova
United Kingdom: Peter Rayner
For more information, please contact Julia Wadoux, Policy and Project Coordinator for Health, New Technologies and Accessibility, email@example.com