Milan wins the 2016 EU Access City Award

EU promotes Milan as disabled-friendly city.

Milan has been awarded the European Union Access City Award on the European Day for People with Disabilities.

In addition to its excellent and consistent accessibility efforts, Milan has also committed to projects to promote the employment of people with disabilities and to support independent living,” said the judges.

Milan is the winner of the award not only for its steps to improve accessibility made in the past, but also for its ambitious plans for the future, the panel stressed.

In a video on the award (below), the European Commission stated that “Milan  has made a commitment to accessibility which goes above and beyond what is required by Italian and European law. “

Runners-up  Wiesbaden (Germany), Toulouse (France), Vaasa (Finland) and Kaposvár (Hungary) were also praised for their efforts to improve accessibility.

The Access City Award is part of the EU disability strategy to make Europe barrier-free for persons with disabilities. The award is intended to encourage cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants to share their experience and to improve accessibility for the benefit of all.