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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.

KEP, a chance for Jimbolia to become a civilised European city

For Jimbolia, Timiș, KEP was an opportunity for the community and public administration to get involved in projects which could put the locality on the map of civilised European cities. Attracting the needed European funds proved to be less complicated thanks to the experience acquired by the RECL employees, through the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

The Knowledge-Based Economy Project was a success story for Jimbolia. RECL manager Vasile Pop says all RECL employees were trained in getting European funds for the city. No KEP-organised training was missed, which allowed civil servants to get the capacity and trust needed to initiate and write projects with big chances of getting funds. Results were quick to appear; Jimbolia attracted European funds and developed, now turning into a real European city.

Romania’s most modern day-care centre for disabled children

The most recent success is for Jimbolia to have one of the most modern and well equipped centres for disable children anywhere in Romania. Following a 700,000 Euros investment, the day care centre “Nu mă uita” (Forget Me Not) was modernised, and children with disabilities have the most modern recovery conditions. “It’s a very important investment for Jimbolia, placing up among the most civilised European cities, with the greatest care for the most under-privileged citizens”, mayor Darius Adrian Postelnicu says.

To get to this standard of living, RECL employees became actively involved in many other projects, considered a priority for the city – for the rainwater collection network to building cycle lanes or a new and modern outpatient medical centre, which now serves not only locals, but also neighbours from other Timiș communities, all built using European funds. The RECL manager says that KEP was very important for the city. „Since KEP was implemented here, the four RECL nodes started with digital literacy training. All of our citizens, seniors included, learned about computers and the Internet and their expectations were raised; just like pressure on public officials”, RECL manager Vasile Pop says.

TV Jimbolia programme, a weekend attraction

Locals managed to learn about all the successes and issues faced by the locality thanks to the RECL manager, which started several programmes aiming to inform locals, like a city Facebook page and a local TV station. Now, Jimbolia TV programmes are a weekend attraction in the locality.

Also thanks to his KEP experience, Vasile Pop participated in creating the TV station, following a project between the city and Mako, Hungary. He’s part of the station’s team and believes in its future. “The RECL manager experience helped me a lot in writing the papers and getting approvals for starting the television stations”, Pop says.

The station is now on cable, Internet and Facebook, and shows are popular among locals and people working abroad, who can learn what’s going on at home. On the https://www.facebook.com/akelstrojan12 profile, news shows are posted weekly. “We’ve had messages from people who emigrated”, the RECL manager says. Now, locals are proud of their community and follow and comment events on the city’s Facebook page.

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KEP helped found a TV station in Jimbolia

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