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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.

"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) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

The main goal of this campaign, implemented by the Agency for Rural Payments and Fishing (APDRP), is increasing absorption of non-reimbursable funds awarded through the National Rural Development Plan (PNDR), in order to increase the accuracy of payments and financing requests.

Nationally, the campaign involved a national circuit to inform current and potential beneficiaries about the National Rural Development Plan 2007-2013. The campaign consists of an informative caravan; 15 trailers are going to all of Romania’s counties. They will reach 3,200 communes for 10 month, and will distribute flyers and information to at least 160,000 beneficiaries of investment projects signed with APDRP, or of direct payments through APIA, as well as the general public.

People will be informed about the next stage, 2014-202, current FEADR beneficiaries will be informed and success stories will be showcased.

In Homocea, the caravan arrived on September 26th, 2013.

“As RECL manager, I took care of mediating the caravan’s arrival, from putting up posters in important places to disseminating the information”, RECL manager Adina Grama says.

Positive feedback

Locals received brochures and flyers informing them about the latest regarding financing agriculture and rural development in Romania; they were prepared to develop the entrepreneurial spirit so needed for European projects. People were pretty receptive to the information being presented and showed interest in using EU funds through PNDR.

“These events allowed Homocea locals to be counselling regarding entrepreneurship, to learn about approaching a European-funded business, how to write a project, what the stages are in getting financing – conformity, eligibility, selection and contract signing. We also reminded them how to access measures financed by APDRP, their rights and obligations. We also spoke about putting together and respecting the expense reports, the acquisition process for goods and services, avoiding fraud and irregularities, with a clear focus on possible consequences and penalties”, the RECL manager says.

The caravan visited 17 communes in Vrancea in September and October. The campaign was implemented through the project „Organising dissemination sessions for information and public debates” and was financed through European funds through Measure 511 „Technical Assistance” of the National Rural Development Plan 2007-2013. For more information, visit http://www.caravanapndr.ro/.

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