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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

On the occasion of the European Day for People with Disabilities, the European Commission announced Lyon, France, as the winner of the Access City Award. The city was rewarded for its inclusive and universal accessibility. 

Lyon's public buses are 100% accessible, and access to culture for all is also ensured, thanks to the inclusion of accessible equipment in libraries, such as reading machines, audiobook readers and magnifying screens. The city has also developed digital tools for people with disabilities, and in terms of work integration, 7.8% of civil servants are people with a disability. This is significantly higher than the legal minimum quota of 6% required by the French legislation. 


Presenting the award, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said: "This Commission is fully committed to putting people first and making social inclusion a top priority on the political agenda. Making our cities and societies more accessible for people with disabilities is therefore a must. I thank Lyon, and all the other cities who have participated in this competition, for their efforts to make that happen. I hope the achievements of these cities can be an inspiration for many other cities, but also for all regional and national authorities."  

More information EU, Employment, Social affairs & Inclusion

The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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