Lisbon, Berlin and EUROCITIES are teaming up to host a conference on accessibility and its impact on the economy, jobs, social inclusion and active ageing: ‘Cities for accessibility, jobs and inclusion - breaking down barriers together’.
The event will take place in Lisbon on 18-19 June and is a joint initiative between our working group barrier-free cities for all and our social affairs forum.
Barrier-free cities are the key to ensuring that everyone, including people with disabilities, the elderly, and parents of young children, can participate in society. From the built environment and transport facilities to public websites and more, accessibility is crucial for the quality of life, social and labour market inclusion of many residents.
City authorities have various roles to play in creating an urban environment without barriers. They are key to the successful implementation of instruments such as the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities and the forthcoming European Accessibility Act. But creating cities for all requires a cross-cutting approach with collaboration from many different partners.
Our conference aims to bring together stakeholders from the EU, national, regional and local levels to explore how best to steer the accessibility agenda to promote employment, social inclusion and active ageing. We hope that this conference will be the first step towards further actions in future. The centrepiece of the event will be a political debate between local and EU politicians.
Please see the link below for more information.