Warsaw most disabled-friendly city in EC

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Warsaw has been named Europe's most disabled-friendly city in the EC's Access City 2020 competition, Warsaw Deputy Mayor Pawel Rabiej informed on Tuesday. Tuesday marks the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Rabiej told a press conference that Warsaw was the first Central-East European city to win the ranking in its ten-year existence. He added that Warsaw owed its high position to effective cooperation between its authorities, NGOs and disabled aid experts.

The deputy mayor said Warsaw's disabled population numbered over 180 thousand with a large percentage of age-related and motoric disabilities, and therefore had to take such needs into account in its urban planning projects.

The EC's 2010-founded Access City competition awards European cities that ensure equal access to their resources and attractions regardless of age, mobility and competencies.