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Equal access to public buildings

  • 21 towns and villages in the Duna-Mecsek region have made their public buildings accessible for people with disabilities. The project was initiated by the nuclear power plant Paks and has received €2 million in support from the Norway Grants.

    The main aim of the Norway Grants and nuclear power plant project in the Duna-Mecsek region in Hungary has been to develop basic infrastructure in order to enable access to public buildings for all. Through the project, medical offices, schools, rest homes and mayors’ offices in 21 towns and villages have been upgraded to provide equal access for everybody.

    Equal opportunities

    In addition to improving possibilities for everyone to work and function on an equal basis, it has been a project goal to increase the general knowledge of the challenges disabled people meet in their everyday lives. The project targets disabled, hard of hearing or deaf, visually impaired and blind, mentally challenged and autistic or multiply disabled persons.Over 60 towns and villages were eligible to apply for support, and the project promoter, the Duna-Mecsek Regional Development Foundation, received 38 applications and chose in the end 21 of the communities.

    Nuclear energy

    The foundation was initiated by the nuclear power company in the region, the Paksi Atomerimó Zrt, and established in order to support regional development projects and local communities which are involved in the nuclear energy industry. The foundation also supports private companies to establish relevant infrastructures and enables participation on social events.

    Photo: Duna-Mecsek Regional Development Foundation

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    Project title:

    Supporting implementation of accessibility in the area affected by the Duna-Mecsek Regional Development Foundation

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare



    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant - Other

    Project duration:

    20 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,352,942

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    12 November 2008

    The purpose of the Fund is to improve disabled people's accessibility to buildings open for the public, support equal opportunities for participation in worklife and increase the general knowledge on challenges facing disabled people in the Duna-Mecsek region (consisting of 60 settlements), with the overall objective of complying with national and EU requirements on public buildings and accessibility for disabled people. Reference is made to the application dated 8 November 2007 and all subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:

    - Coordination, management and publicity of the Fund;

    - Regranting of fund to selected sub-projects from open calls.

    The Intermediary is the Duna-Mecsek Regional Development Foundation.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Intermediary provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible costs of the Fund.