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Borås Is the Winner of the Access City Award 2015!

The Swedish city of Borås won the Access City Award 2015, which recognised its strategic approach to creating an accessible urban area for all. The city was elected as a good example of local action to help removing the many barriers that people with disabilities face every day.

Helsinki (Finland) won the second prize and Ljubljana (Slovenia) took the third. Moreover, the European Commission awarded special mentions to Logroño (Spain), in the field of built environment and public spaces; to Budapest (Hungary), for its work in the field of transport; and to Arona (Spain), for public facilities and services.

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour, stated: People with disabilities should be able to fully participate in society. Job creation and accessibility are top priority for the European Commission and I am personally committed to taking action in these areasI would like to congratulate Borås for leading the way in making life more accessible for all”.

The Access City Award, organised by the EC together with the European Disability Forum as part of the annual European Day of People with Disabilities Conference, is one of the actions foreseen in the EU disability strategy that looks forward to making Europe barrier-free. The award aims to encourage cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants to share their experience and to improve accessibility for the benefit of all.

Since its launch in 2010, 189 European cities have participated in the 5 editions of the Access City Award. The 2014 winner was the Swedish city of Göteborg, chosen from more than 100 European cities.