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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.

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) “Low Siret Meadow”, two locals got funds, once to expand his business of vegetable green houses, another to start a beekeeping business. The non-reimbursable funds are significant, 10,000 and 40,000 Euros respectively, and were obtained from the Payments Agency for Rural Development and Fisheries (APRDP), through LAG.

„In March we informed people about what LAG is, the project which can be submitted, amounts available. We want the information to be out there, since each small business through a project is a step for developing rural areas. The two locals came to the meeting and decided on the spot. If you submit a project as a citizen, it’s more complicated. LAG is a great advantage, as it has specialists and consultants, which check projects, filter them, and they end up having priority. Farming projects, for instance, are checked by the specialists of the Agricultural Chamber of the City Hall. They are then submitted through the LEADER Axis, which offers up to 280,000 Euros per community. These projects which end up being financed end up as pillars in the local development strategy”, the RECL manager, Mircea Dima, says.

The two locals in Schela who got GAL financing submitted projects through Measure 112, setting up small farmers. They are Maricica Latu, who has greenhouses and wants to expand this family business, and Costel Chiosa, who will invest in beekeeping.

Maricica Latu worked in Italy and, returning home, opened a greenhouse next to her home. Then, she applied for a project aiming to expand the solarium.

„I have 0.8 hectares of tomato and cucumbers, which I then sell on the market. Through LAG I learned about the possibility of getting funds, when I went to a meeting organised by PAPI and the City Hall. I understood that the LAG is a smaller APDRP, and projects are checked by specialists, thus having more chances to get funds. I trusted them and the news was great! I was really happy. I will invest the money to buy 3 more hectares of land, to expand the solariums. Now I’m looking for people who want to sell land. It’s not easy, since we have no electricity in the area but irrigations are essential. By the end of the year, the mayor promised to solve this issue, so that next year when I start work we will have all the amenities. For the three hectares I will need help, so I plan to hire locals”, Maricica Latu says.

These awareness campaigns about getting European funds through LAG help people get a new perspective. Those with the courage needed to write projects then get the financing needed to create a business.

“LAG is a great opportunity for Schela. They develop the community, help cut unemployment by effectively creating jobs and increasing revenue to the local budget. It’s revenue that generates even more revenue. On the other hand, these people show others that’s it’s possible, they become a success story”, mayor Maricel Petrea says.

In the following call for projects through LAG, 2014-2020, the City Hall and PAPI will submit a project to repair the Cultural Centre. The value of the work is estimated to be more than the maximum amount allotted through LAG, 100,000 Euros, but the County Council promised to chip in with a 52,000 Euros co-financing.

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