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Awards and prizes


EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.


The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.


National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.



Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.


e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.


Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.


Vine-growers in Diosig and Recaș receive KEP support during recession

For the communes of Recaș , in Timiș County, and Diosig , in Bihor County, the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP), coordinated by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society and funded by the World Bank and Romanian Government, was a chance to revitalise vine-growing, the main activityread entire text


"PNDR comes to your village" campaign reaches PAPI Homocea

The largest European funds awareness campaign, aiming to inform people in rural areas and called “PNDR comes to your village”, reached Homocea in autumn. The promoter of this campaign was Adina Grama, the RECL manager in the community which was part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP)read entire text


More than 800 farmers come to PAPI Luduș to submit online subsidy requests

Almost 800 farmers from around Luduș (Mureş County) came this year to PAPI to register, fill in and submit online per-surface payments request, for funds offered through the Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture (APIA). PAPI offered farmers and people delegated by APIA both the spaceread entire text


RECL Jurilovca participates in Social Economy Fair

Jurilovca will be present on December 7th, 2013, at the Social Economy Fair in Bucharest. The event is part of the RIES project – Network of Social Economy Incubators, through which four structures were founded in Jurilovca, and 12 people hired. Jurilovca RECL manager was the one to bring to theread entire text


Financial education at RECL Tulgheș

In August and September 2013, the Tulgheș Communal Library hosted a course called BaniIQ (MoneyIQ). Two groups of adults and two groups of high school students took the training, a total of 18 people. At the end, they were all impressed about the educational role, accumulating financial knowledgeread entire text


RECL Vaideeni helps 140 young unemployed become entrepreneurs

Locals in the KEP community of Vaideeni and the neighbouring community of Costești (Vâlcea County) are taking place in an entrepreneurship course organised at PAPI Vaideeni, using the modern equipment offered by the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communicationsread entire text


Farmers in Roata de Jos ask for a ‘First House’-type programme for agriculture

The information caravan “NRDP comes to your village” regarding European funds for the development of agriculture and the Romanian village, reached Roata de Jos (Giurgiu) in November. It’s the largest campaign aiming to advertise European funds in rural localities. Farmers in the KEP community alsoread entire text


Two new businesses open thanks to PAPI Schela

Following an awareness campaign implemented in spring by the Schela City Hall and PAPI centre, regarding LAG access to non-reimbursable European funds, two local entrepreneurs won financing. The two locals will start businesses or expand their current business. Through the Local Action Group (LAG)read entire text


Cream cake from Sângeorgiu de Pădure, local brand promoted by PAPI

The cream cake produced in Sângeorgiu de Pădure (Mureş) is a very much liked cake, a real local brand. Whoever tastes it will never forget how good it is. For this traditional product to be known throughout the country, the local PAPI decided to promote it, by using the modern IT&C equipmentread entire text


Caraș honey, sold online with help from PAPI Bănia and PAPI Oravița

There are hundreds of beekeepers in Banat, which make very tasty honey. Some of them want to certify their products as organic. Since many times they stumbled on bureaucratic barriers, they received support from employees of PAPI centres. In order to promote themselves better, PAPI employees usedread entire text

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Lunca Banului7

being situated on the valley of Prut river, th prdominant relief is the lowland except some hills that are set in the West of the villages of Lunca Veche, Otetoaia and Lunca Bnului, known as "Chişul Iepurelui", "Basta Forest" and "Saca" Hill.read entire text