The winners of the European Access City Awards were announced by the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis together with the Belgian actor Pascal Duquenne and the Italian Olympic Athlete, Beatrice Vio. This is the European wide award that rewards cities for their efforts in becoming accessible to all.
The winner of 2017 Access City Award is: Chester, UK!. The 2nd prize goes to Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the 3rd prize to Jurmala, Latvia.
Special mentions were given to:
- Lugo, Spain (Special mention on Smart Cities)
- Funchal, Portugal (Special mention on Continued Commitment to Accessibility in difficult geographic circumstances)
- Alessandria, Italy (Special mention o Continued Commitment to Accessiiblity in challenging times)
- Skellefteå, Sweden (Special mention on Accessible work environments)