Milan wins Access City Award 2016 (Italy)

By News Editor / Updated: 22 Dec 2015

Milan has won an award recognising its efforts towards making it more accessible for people with disabilities.

The Italian city won the European Union’s 2016 Access City Award. The award is one of the actions adopted from the EU disability strategy which aims to make Europe barrier-free.

In 2011 Milan adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and began implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve accessibility.

Milan was recognised for its consistent efforts in accessibility policy and in promoting Universal Design standards, which guide the design of products and spaces to allow them to be used by the widest range of people possible.

Milan has also been rewarded for its commitment to promoting the employment of people with disabilities and supporting independent living.

Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, presented the award together with Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum (EDF), at the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels.

Thyssen said: ‘I personally encourage that cities learn from the good practices of Milan and the other winners across the European Union to improve the active inclusion of disabled and older people.'

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