The European Parking Association has instituted two award schemes to set standards, demonstrate the high quality of parking structures and services and to encourage operators to provide good services throughout Europe.
The European Standard Parking Award called ESPA defines a set of minimum standards for a good basic quality in structure and services. The extensive checklist which is applied has been devised by an international EPA expert team and serves as a reference not only within the parking industry but also for local authorities. More details on the ESPA are found here.
The EPA Award competition is organized biannually and certifies the most outstanding and excellent carparks, services, on-street solutions, innovations and communication schemes. This "Oscar of the parking industry" demonstrates the highest quality in five categories. The application for the EPA Awards 2019 will open in the summer of 2018. Details on the EPA Award 2017 can be found here.