2011. 12. 02.
The prestigious event saw the announcement of prize-winning entries in the following categories: elimination of barriers in buildings – Terrassa (Spain); accessibility of transport – Ljubljana (Slovenia); accessibility of information and communication technologies – Olomouc (Czech Republic); barrier-free public facilities and services – Grenoble (France). Additionally, the Salzburg in Austria was nominated the accessible European city of Europe for the year 2011.
Following the formal delivery of the prizes, Dr Kósa gave a lecture as the President of the European Parliament's Disability Intergroup to mark the end of the first day of the two-day conference. The EPP Group MEP rendered the position of the European Parliament on the European Council's disability strategy for the period between 2010 and 2020.
In his speech, Ádám Kósa set forth the expectations of the European Parliament in the field, derived from his Report on the Mobility and Inclusion of People with Disabilities that was adopted this year. Dr Kósa, who is the only deaf Member of the European Parliament, stressed: "It is of vital importance that, in accordance to its promises, the European Council puts forward the planned legal package on accessibility in Europe. This could give a renewed zest to the currently slow and unsteady process of the removing barriers not only in Hungary, but also in the whole of Europe. Speeding up the fight against barriers is crucial for sustaining the employment and activity of the ageing European society."