EU Access City Award 2019 up for grabs

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European cities working to improve quality of life for all citizens can apply for the Access City Award 2019. 

The European Union (EU) award is designed to recognise and celebrate a city’s willingness, ability and efforts to guarantee not only equal access to fundamental human rights, but all the day-to-day pleasures and amenities that cities have to offer to both able-bodied and disabled people, including children.

‘Urban society’

It is open to all EU cities with a population of 50,000 or more and urban areas made up of two or more towns with a combined population also of over 50,000. The award organisers say the EU is now essentially an ‘urban society’, with four out of five people living in cities and towns.

The successful winner for 2019 will follow in the footsteps of the 2018 winning city of Lyon, with Ljubljana and Luxembourg also finalists.  The deadline for applications is September 16 and more information about the criteria is available via the European Union website.

Author: Simon Weedy

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