EU cities are invited to participate in the sixth edition of the Access City Award – The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people. European cities over 50 000 inhabitantswill have the opportunity to present their activities and strategies designed to make cities barrier-free, better places for everyone to live and work.At a ceremony during the annual European Day of People with Disabilities Conference in Brussels on 7 December 2015, the European Commission will hand over awards to five EU cities. There will be first, second and third prize plus two special mentions on

  • access to work
  • accessible smart cities.

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2015, midnight Brussels time.

The selection process has two stages: first at national level and then followed by the European selection.

You will find information on how to apply and the rules in the guidance note andparticipation rules (available in all official EU languages).

Best practices in 2015

Your initiatives can inspire other cities to improve their policy and activities in the field of accessibility.

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.

Reading the brochure can give you an idea of which of your existing projects could be highlighted in your application. At the same time, the brochure’s content could inspire you to start new projects to improve accessibility in your cities.