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Milan reaps benefits of millions spent on disabled access

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The European Union has rewarded the Italian city of Milan with the Access City Award for 2016, which recognises the efforts the city has gone towards making it more accessible for people with disabilities. The award is the culmination of five years of hard work that Milan has undertaken since adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2011 and implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve accessibility. Milan has spent €25 million on accessibility projects with another €25 million earmarked for new projects. The city has also budgeted €43 million of annual spending for services and benefits to people with disabilities. The judges welcomed Milan’s commitment to promoting the employment of disabled people and its support for independent living.

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