The Access City Award 2018, organized by Ecorys, delivers its first prize to Lyon

The Access City Award recognises and celebrates EU cities of over 50 000 inhabitants which proactively support accessibility for persons with disabilities and take exemplary steps to improve accessibility in the urban environment.  The Access City Award ceremony was organized by Ecorys in the framework of the Day of Persons with Disabilities (EDPD), which took place in Brussels on 4th and 5th December.

The ACA ceremony provides the cities with the opportunity to share their initiatives and inspire other peer cities to improve their policies and activities regarding accessibility. Every year, the European Commission publishes a brochure with the outcome of the ceremony, including information on innovative projects carried out in the field of the accessibility by the awarded cities. Thus, they can also showcase their efforts in making life more accessible for all citizens, regardless of age, mobility or ability.

Ecorys has been part of the organization of the Access City Award (ACA) Ceremony, which closed the EDPD Conference and rewards the most accessible cities in Europe.

This year, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen delivered the first prize to Lyon, followed by Ljubljana (second prize) and City of Luxembourg (third prize). Viborg, in Denmark, won a special mention for accessibility in a historical setting.

  • To watch the videos of the finalist cities and the photos of the Ceremony, please click here.
  • For more information on the Access City Award, visit
  • To find out more on the EDPD and the efforts of the European Union in order to enabling people with disabilities to participate fully in society, click here.