EU and International: Eurocities - Working group 'Barrier-free City for All'
Eurocities - 2010
Third meeting of the working group Barrier-free City for All on 29/30 November 2010 in Brussels28 representatives of 9 cities took part in 3rd meeting of the working group "Barrier-free City for All" (WG BCA) on the 29th and 30th of November 2010 in Brussels.
Ms Placencia-Porrero, representative of the European Commission Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, spoke on the 2010-2020 European strategy for people with disabilities, in particular in the context of EU implementation of the UN convention. A key aspect of the strategy is a renewed commitment to a barrier-free Europe. Ms Placencia-Porrero emphasised the importance of networks, above all at an urban level, and called for closer cooperation between the WG "Barrier-free City for All" and the European Commission.
The latest developments in and future requirements for European standards were examined and discussed with experts from European standards institutions and associations. All participants agreed that the development of common European standards is an important tool for realising a barrier-free Europe. Martin Prager, representative of the European Office of Crafts, Trades and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for Standardisation, advocated a system of directives, standards and guides.
Concrete measures for implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities were set out by the City of Barcelona. Practical examples from Dresden and a virtual tour of Berlin clearly demonstrated that, alongside wheelchair access, orientation and guide systems for people with sensory disabilities in particular demand creative solutions. There was particular interest in an innovative project concept for a play park in which children can overcome barriers through play and which promotes mutual respect.
In the field of everyday life, planning concepts for barrier-free sanitation were presented by the Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima (German Association of Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation Contractors).
Discussions highlighted great differences in the implementation of concepts and measures for overcoming barriers in the various cities. Following on from these discussions, close cooperation with the European Commission is to be launched in the coming year to define a concrete commitment to a barrier-free Europe.
Rosario Borda, Laura Trujillo: Barcelona and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (pdf; 128 KB)
Roswitha Buechting: Human centered design - Design for All - Universal Design; History, Status, Vision (pdf; 592 KB)
Chiara Giovannini: European Policy and standardisationon accessibility to built environment (pdf; 517 KB)
Martin Prager: Standards for Accessibility: Opportunities and Challenges for European SMEs (pdf; 67 KB)
Inmaculada Placencia Porrero: The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and accessibility standards (pdf; 202 KB)
Wolfgang Steinert: Mobility planning and good solutions in the field of barrier-free access for persons with disabilities in Dresden (pdf; 31 MB)
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Second Working Group Meeting Barrier-free City for All,
"Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design" was one of the issues dealt with by the Working Group Barrier-free City for All on its second meeting. After the successful kick-off in Berlin in March 2010 the meeting was now held at the EUROCITIES Mobility Forum on June 21-22 in Copenhagen. The work was based on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.