The two day conference hosted jointly by EUROCITIES, the city of Lisbon and the
city of Berlin, ‘Cities for Accessibility, Jobs and Inclusion – breaking down
barriers together’ will be streamed live on YouTube
The conference, which takes place in Lisbon from 18-19 June, will explore the role of accessibility in employment, social inclusion and active ageing. It will discuss its economic impact in terms of costs and potential for job creation and social inclusion, and explore the ways city authorities can successfully implement instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the upcoming European Accessibility Act.
The conference will close with a political debate entitled 'Moving Forward! What Europe Needs?’ which will incorporate the conclusions from the policy workshops from the previous day.
Panellists for the debate include Marian Harkin, MEP, Elina Celmina, a representative from the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Sofia Lourenço, policy adviser at the unit for Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the European Commission, as well as city representatives including the mayor of Lisbon Fernando Medina, Thomas Fabian, deputy mayor of Leipzig and chair of the EUROCITIES social affairs forum, and Lisa Trickett, a cabinet member from Birmingham focusing on a green, smart and sustainable city.
Colleagues can follow the conference, which will be entirely live-streamed on YouTube at the following addresses
Friday 19 June (9.00-13.00): https://youtu.be/u1dNgJ54gyY
You can also follow the action from the conference through the hashtag #accessibleEUcities. Please see below for the draft conference agenda.