Second Meeting of the EMPIRIAE – ACCESSIBLE AND FAIR CITIES AND TOWNS Experience Exchange Network
The second meeting of the EMPIRIAE – ACCESSIBLE AND FAIR CITIES AND TOWNS Experience Exchange Network was organised in Sokołów Podlaski on 6 and 7 October, with a pivotal focus on communication, information-related and spatial accessibility.
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The meeting was attended by representatives of Jarocin, Jasło, Goleniów, Zgierz, Przemyśl, Złotów, Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Sokołów Podlaski.

Network members attending the meeting were informed of the work experience of accessibility co-ordinators in Goleniów and Zgierz. Accessibility-related needs of contemporary urban community residents were discussed. The structure of municipal authorities was pondered as well, in the context of effectual accessibility policies delivery.

EMPIRIAE – ACCESSIBLE AND FAIR CITIES AND TOWNS are an Experience Exchange Network with a focus on social issues. Notably, Network members – representatives of cities and towns participating in the “Local Development” project – take on broadly defined accessibility-related challenges tying in with the needs of senior citizens and other vulnerable groups. During the first Network meeting, members identified topics they would be jointly analysing in the future. These include, but are not limited to senior citizen-related policies, Senior Citizen Service Centres, activating persons with disabilities, and NGO Centres.

Association of Polish Cities advisor Wojciech Zarzycki is the Network co-ordinator.

The EMPIRIAE Networks project forms part of the “Local Development” Programme, funded by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norway Grants.