Warsaw took first place in the Access City competition, in which the most friendly cities with disabilities are awarded. The prize is awarded by the European Commission, which appreciated the capital’s activities involving disabled people in making the city more adapted to their needs. As emphasized by a member of the European Commission, ‘thanks to this, it was possible to significantly increase the overall accessibility of the city in a short time’.
Warsaw as an example for European cities
Warsaw has received the Access City 2020 award and winning 150,000 euros from the European Commission for improving the city’s accessibility for the disabled. The EC appreciated the fact that Warsaw engaged disabled people to make the city more suited to their needs.
Warsaw is a model for other cities , showing how much can be done in a very short time to make space more accessible to people with disabilitiessaid Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility
In the 2020 edition of the competition, the European Commission received 47 applications. The second place went to the city of Castello de la Plana in Spain (receiving 120,000 euros), while the third was Skelleftea in Sweden (80,000 euros). Honorable mentions were given to Chania in Greece, Tartu in Estonia and Evreux in France. Chania was recognized for using technology to create accessible parking spaces, Tartu for a bottom-up approach to accessibility.
The Access City Award is presented during the annual conference on the occasion of the European Day of People with Disabilities, which this year was held on November 29 in Brussels.
Platforms for the disabled at the Warszawa Wschodnia station
A convenience for disabled people, which appeared recently in Warsaw, are platforms at the East Railway Station. The devices were installed at all entrances to the platforms from the station tunnel side. To use them, just contact the service – a trained employee will launch the platform and help people with reduced mobility entering or leaving the platform safely. This is a temporary solution because in a few years lifts will appear at the Eastern Railway Station as part of the renovation of the cross-city line. Then escalators will also be installed.