The UK city of Chester is this year’s winner of the Access City Awards. An honour recognising the work and achievements of European cities in improving access and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Presenting the award Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said:
“Chester’s efforts to make its historical and cultural heritage fit for persons with disabilities deserve the highest praise. People with a disability should be able to participate in all aspects of life without limitations: social, cultural, economic, touristic, and more. I would like to congratulate Chester for leading the way in making life more accessible for all”
The European Commission has recognised five of the best broadband projects in Europe in the European Broadband Awards.
Broadband Europe promotes the European Commission’s vision to turn Europe into a Gigabit Society by 2025.
The UK RemIX project to bring high speed internet to rural areas on the West Coast of Scotland won the prize in the ‘Future-proof and quality of service’ category. The other winning projects were from Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland.
Hear more about RemIX in this short video clip.
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is an annual competition organised by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. It is an opportunity for people aged 16-30 across Europe to develop projects with the aim of encouraging understanding between people from different European countries.
Former winning projects include:
1 InteGREAT (Italy)
Project created by AIESEC that aims to encourage young people from all over Europe to help integrate refugees. The project organises workshops, leisure activities, seminars and others events and involves international volunteers, local non-governmental organisations and local communities.
2 Searching for a Charlemagne (Greece)
Project by students from a lyceum in Pyrgetos, Greece, who came up with a tablet game about Carolus Magnus (742-814 AD), Better known as Charlemagne, the creator of Frankish Empire was called the Father of Europe at the time for his attempts to create a union.
3 Young European Council (UK)
The Young European Council is an international annual conference which brings together young people passionate about the future of the European Union. The aim is to provide input to European policy making. Last year’s conference took place on 15-19 November in Brussels and included three panels dedicated to the topics migration and home affairs, energy union and climate action: and education to employment.
(Information on winning entries taken from here)
There are cash prizes as well as the opportunity for winning project representatives to visit the European parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg.
All the information you need to apply can be found here.
The European Commission has announced the 2016 finalists in the Natura 2000 Awards celebrating and promoting nature conservation in Europe and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. There are 5 categories including the Citizens Award which has 24 finalists, including 4 from the UK, with the winner voted for by the public. Why not have a look and vote now.
If you have not come across Natura 2000 before, it is a network of sites for rare and threatened species and habitats. Stretching across all 28 EU countries it covers 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine area and is the centrepiece of the EU’s nature and biodiversity policy.
The wildlife, documentary film maker, Jacques Perrin has used 16 different Natura 2000 sites in his latest work, Seasons capturing the lives of 28 mammal and bird species. Watch a trailer for the film (in French) below.
Ljubljana is the 2016 winner of the Green Capital Award. The European Commission has produced a booklet in which you can read about how the city went from being car dominated to being focused on public transport, pedestrian access and cycling networks. You can download this free publication from the EU Bookshop.