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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.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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.

KEP Jurilovca named European Destination of Excellence 2013

05.12.2013

Jurilovca is the grand winner of the EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) Competition this year, thanks to the accessible tourism organised nationally by the National Tourism Agency, according to the criteria agreed upon with the European Commission. The participation file in this competition was created by Jurilovca RECL manager, Paul Condrat, which says that being a part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) had a major part in getting this coveted prize.

For this competition, it’s the County Councils which officially apply. The choose a community to support and represent, and Tulcea County Council chose Jurilovca this year, considering it one of the most important local destinations.

Jurilovca is well known as the starting point for trips going to Gura Portiței, which attracts even more visitors, even from abroad. There are other beautiful sights in the area: Capul Doloșman, the only rocky cliff in Romania’s seaside, the archaeological site representing the oldest Greek colony in the country or Bisericuța island.

The topic of this year’s competition was accessibility, not just in regards with transport infrastructure, but also when considering special programmes for all social categories and existing discounts.

A mixed team with specialists from county administration and Jurilovca City Hall, the latter represented by RECL manager Paul Condrat, put together the application file.

„As RECL manager, I dealt with this complex and large files. I worked with specialists of the County Council, presenting information about the commune and photos, all using the IT&C resources offered by the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP). There were a general presentation, information about local attractions, tourism partnerships and projects, tourism facilities, details about accommodation available and their photos. All work was done on a computer and we also needed the internet, so IT&C resources were vital. The Jurilovca Info Point is also hosted by PAPI, so we were lucky to work in the same place having everything at hand. About 1,000 tourists come to the Tourist Info Point each year, and receive all the information they need to know us better”, the Jurilovca RECL manager says.

One of the advantages of Jurilovca in the competition was KEP, since the community was involved in two CONECT projects: „Good practice exchange for the development of the tourism sector in North-Eastern Dobrogea, on the trail Măcin Mountain National Park – Razim Lake” and „Razim – Delta / Halmyris – Peuce – touristic capitalisation of an antique road”.

„I was glad that, when it came to partnerships, I managed to write about KEP, because it had a lot of impact. The jury awarded us points for being part of KEP and being active. We even had two CONECT projects as part of KEP, one implemented by Luncavița in which we were partners and one as beneficiaries in partnership with Nufăru and Beștepe. This brought us points so we can say this prize is also due to KEP”, Paul Condrat points out.

Important steps in the near future

In November 2013, Jurilovca representatives will go to Bruxelles to get the distinction officially, which will bring even more advantages.


„Next week we are waiting for an EDEN team, part of the European Commission, to film a clip. It’s one of the advantages of being chosen. We were also announced that we are expected in Bruxelles on November 11th-12th, in order to participate in the Awards Ceremony. We will then sign the partnership agreement with EDEN, which means the commune will be promoted in certain events, participate in national and international tourism fairs”
, he says.



KEP communities, recognised in world tourism

The EDEN project promotes models of developing durable tourism in Europe. Each year, there are national competitions which select a European Destination of Excellence from each country. This increases the visibility of winning European destinations from across Europe, but the National Tourism Authority will also promote the commune in tourism fairs organised nationally.


 

It must be said that in 2010 another KEP community – Geoagiu Băi, in Hunedoara
County, received the EDEN award in aqua and balneo tourism. It also happened thanks to the involved of local RECL employees.

The year 2009 was an year of good news for the KEP community of Sălişte, Sibiu, which received the "Golden Apple" trophy, awarded by the Federation of International Journalists and Tourism Writers, for the Marginimea Sibiului Eco-Touristic Area, called “The Most Romantic Eco-Tourism Destination in the World” by Forbes Magazine.

The FIJET Golden Apple is for tourism the equivalent of the Oscar in cinema and, even more, it was offered for the first time in its 40 years of history, during the same year, to three destinations or personalities from the same country. The only Golden Apple previously received by Romania had been awarded in 1975 to Moldovița Monastery.

Recently, in spring 2012, RECL teams in 9 KEP communities managed to enter their localities in the cultural and touristic guide „Romania’s most beautiful villages”, the first and only guide promoting the Romanian village as tourism destination. The project is implemented by the “Romania’s most beautiful villages” Association and its partners, and is financed with the financial support of the French Embassy in Bucharest and the Wallonie-Bruxelles Delegation. it was also officialy presented to the European Parliament.

The nine localities are Vulcana-Băi in Dâmbovița, Poiana Stampei and Sucevița in Suceava, Ciugheș/ Palanca in Bacău, Luncavița and Jurilovca Tulcea, Șercaia Brașov, Valea Viilor Sibiu and Saschiz Mureș. some 61 villages in the country were included thanks to natural landscapes, biodiversity, ease of access, traditions and architecture.

Online resources:

Resort in Geoagiu Băi, appreciated throughout Europe

Nine KEP communities included among “Romania’s most beautiful villages”

Communities from the Mărginimea Sibiului and the Danube Delta are mobilizing to offer Romania a “future in tourism, which could be brilliant”

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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.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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.