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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.

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 also came up with new ideas, like asking the Government for a programme similar to ‘First House’, which offers incentive to young people who buy their first home, but one which would focus on farming.

The main goal of the information campaign, implemented by the Payments Agency for Rural Development and Fishing, is to offer information regarding accessing European funds offered through the European Found for Rural Development, efficiently and transparently, and creating a climate of trust by presenting successful projects. We also aim to increase the absorption of non-reimbursable funds through FEADR for NRDP.

In Roata de Jos, the caravan arrived on November 15th, 2013, and took place in the council room of the City Hall, with the participation of 20 people.

Attended by people who want to remain and invest in agriculture

“The event was welcomed because people who came are those who are really interested to get funds through FEADER. Those who came were not those with one hectare of land, but those who really want to work the land, live in the countryside and continue what their parents did. Most of those who came were farmers interested in getting the funds and they spoke about the fact that, if you don’t have money, European funds don’t help very much. We have people here who accessed financing programmes, but on small measures like 141 or 312. For others, one needs co-financing. However, for FEADR projects, the farmers pay first and get money back later, which means they need the cash on hand”, says RECL manager Cristina Drăghiciu.

„Farmers said they need the Government to get involved like in the First House programme, through which the Government subsidises homes. It would be nice if such help could be offered to farmers, for them to develop their business. People from NRDP and APDRP came prepared with brochures and talked to farmers”, Drăghiciu says.

Project promoters distributed flyers with the latest news about financing agriculture and rural development in Romania and got them ready to develop their entrepreneurial spirit, so much needed for EU-funded projects.

The event also presented proposals for 2014-2020. The campaign is an interactive caravan, involving 15 trailers which go through all of Romania’s counties. The caravans will go to 3,200 communes for 10 months, in order to reach at least 160,000 NRDP beneficiaries or per-surface APIA payments and APDRP projects, as well as the public at large.

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