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Increased accessibility in the Duna-Mecsek Region

  • The EEA and Norway Grants support a fund to increase accessibility for disabled people in the Duna-Mecsek region in Hungary.

    The €2 million fund has been set up as a result of an initiative taken by the Duna-Mecsek Regional Development Foundation, which has been set up by the Paks Nuclear Power Plant to support regional development projects.

    The fund supports projects and initiatives helping physically disabled people participate in society by implementing universal design and thus making buildings and public spaces obstacle-free, accessible, usable and effective for everyone. The fund is focused on the region surrounding the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, which is home to 132 000 people living in 60 villages or settlements.

    Universal design is a principle focusing on making buildings and spaces easily accessible to everyone, be it through enabling step-free access, removing obstacles or improving the visibility and accessibility of information signs.

    As of June 2010, 21 projects are supported through the fund. By addressing poor infrastructure and making public buildings such as schools, health care institutions and local government offices available and accessible to disabled people, their access to public services and their participation in the labour market are greatly enhanced.

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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


    € 2,000,001



    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant - Other

    Project promoter:

    The Duna-Mecsek Regional Development Foundation

    Type of institution:

    Non-governmental organisation

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    20 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,352,942

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA and Norway Grants

    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.