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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 helps Teregova locals turn from unemployed to entrepreneurs

For the commune of Teregova, in Caraș-Severin County, the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society meant first and foremost cutting unemployment among locals.

The commune of Teregova is known throughout Banat for the tasty fruit and famous plumb brandy, produced after their own recipes. The main occupations are farming and animal husbandry, but since they are done the old way, they are not profitable. Recession came, locals found it easier to cope, since they could no longer find buyers. The solutions for the good times to come back to Teregova was found: PAPI became involved and locals were able to qualify through trainings. Some of them found jobs, other became to become entrepreneurs.

“Those unemployed joined the training, people past their prime who used the courses because they received qualifications recognised both nationally and the entire EU”, RECL manager Ioan Lungocea says.

14 locals opened their own business

That’s why courses have proven to be a success. Awareness campaigns included 324 unemployed, and more than 1,300 visited the web-offer for jobs. Courses took place at PAPI, and people were trained for various jobs.

14 locals learned how to get financial support for initiating a business. They graduated, submitted funding requests and got funds. They opened small family business and now they’re proud of their success.

Others graduated the qualification course and went to work abroad.

Certificate valid throughout the EU

With their certificates, the chances of finding a job were higher. ‘I quickly found a job in Italy, in social care. The course I took at home, at PAPI, helped a lot, since the certificate is recognised in the entire EU, not just Romania”, says Ana Cherciu, formally unemployed.

The project “The road to getting hired goes through training” was implemented through a partnership between the Association “Education for community”, located in Teregova, as well as local administrations in Teregova, Liebling and Dalboşeţ (Caraş-Severin).

The project was part of the SOP HRD 2007-2013, Priority Axis 5, Key Intervention Area 5.1, “Developing and implementing active occupational measures”, project which aims to facilitate the access of the unemployed on the job market.

The main goal was to develop an integrated counselling and training centre for the unemployed, by starting Unemployment Clubs and investigating the opportunities for hiring and the entrepreneurial training of the target group.

Online resources:

The unemployed in Teregova receive KEP support in their search for job

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