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First Inclusive Building in Serbia according to European standards

14 October 2010.

EIDD Granted Inclusion Certificate to “Eurobank EFG Centre”

One year after the opening of Eurobank EFG Centre in downtown Belgrade, renowned European Institute for Design and Disability – Design for all All Europe (EIDD) has decreed to grant the Inclusion Certificate for this office building. An acknowledgement, for this first time issued for a building in Serbia confirms adjustability of Eurobank EFG Centre to all people, including disabled persons.

First Inclusive Building in Serbia according to European standards
Belgrade, Oct. 14, 2010 – One year after the opening of Eurobank EFG Centre in downtown Belgrade, renowned European Institute for Design and Disability – Design for all All Europe (EIDD) has decreed to grant the Inclusion Certificate for this office building. An acknowledgement, for this first time issued for a building in Serbia confirms adjustability of Eurobank EFG Centre to all people, including disabled persons.

In the explanation of the decision to grant the Inclusion Certificate to Eurobank made by members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of EIDD, it is said that Eurobank EFG is granted a special acknowledgment for its exceptional initiative and endeavours invested in creation of accessible working and living environment to all people in its head office building, Eurobank EFG Centre located at in Belgrade.

Upon granting of the Inclusion Certificate to Eurobank EFG, EIDD Board Member for Serbia Aleksandar Bogdanović said: “Adjusted design solutions are necessary starting point indevelopment of inclusive society. With the adoption of Design for All principles, Eurobank EFG has completely adjusted its head office building for work and services to disabled persons, and thus provided positive example to all companies and institutions in this region.”

“A certificate granted by such a renowned institution such as EIDD is a confirmation of our decision to respect all members of the society, and an encouragement to continue with constant investments in the community”, said the President of the Executive Board of Eurobank EFG Mr Philippos Karamanolis and added : “The Design of Eurobank EFG Centre reflects the Bank’s strategic mission and represents strong and reliable banking institution which at the same time does responsible business towards the community, employees and its clients”, said.

Eurobank EFG Centre office building which was opened a year ago in downtown Belgrade represents state-of-the-art office space for over 400 Bank’s employees. Apart from the up-todate technology and architectonic solution, this smart building has also been constructed in accordance with the UN convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.

In order to provide access for wheelchair users, a vertical platform has been installed at the entrance, sockets are lowered and ATM machines set at an appropriate height. All offices with a stair possess a ramp with an inclined plane. There is a tactile board at the entrance containing instructions for the vision impaired and elevators are equipped with keyboard in Braille Alphabet. Special devices in the main conference hall enable the hearing impaired to hear the speakers well and floor rubber mats highlight communication directions and thus help the vision impaired clients and facilitate their stay in the Bank.

EIDD – Design for all Europe was founded in Dublin in 1993, as European Institute for Design and Disability. The name change in 2006 was conducted with an aim to reinforce its core expertise. The Institute now has organization members in 22 European countries.

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