Brussels announced on 29 November that Poland’s capital, Warsaw, has won the 2020 Access City Award.

The Award aims to promote accessibility initiatives in European cities with more than 50.000 citizens. It is organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum.

After receiving 47 applications, the Commission concluded that Warsaw was able to make the biggest improvement to its ease of access in a short time.

“With the Access City Award, winning cities can be an inspiration for other EU cities and beyond that encounter similar challenges. Warsaw, winner of the 10th edition, is a model for others, showing that a lot can be done in a very short amount of time and that commitment can be key to success”, said Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility.

The second and third place winners are the city of Castellóde la Plana in Spain and the city of Skellefteå in Sweden. Chania in Greece received a special mention for its use of technology to provide accessible parking. Tartu in Estonia and Evreux in France also received a special mention.