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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.

Original education method used by RECL Baru

The commune of Baru (Hunedoara County) had a lot to win from the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, especially when it came to educating local youth. Meetings with sons of the village who became personalities of public life were organised, proving to the young generation that learning is a stepping stone in life, no matter one’s geographical origins.

The commune of Baru used an original method to determine kids to study. PAPI employees started a series of activities called “Meetings with personalities from the communes”, during the eCultura project “From yesterday and today for tomorrow”. Events of the project spanned five months, from June to October 2012, and aimed to showcase the personalities with impact on local history, as well as to allow youth to meet people born in Baru who could be success stories for them.

A cultural guide was then edited, with images and information about notable locals.

They all had a clear purpose: to show young people there are good examples out there and bust the myth that a pupil from rural areas doesn’t have the same chances as one from the city in getting a University education or a successful career.

Young people found the guide very interesting: “As a local, one of my goals was to put the public administration back in the service of the people. Reaching this goal means modernising the community, which implies fostering education. Education, the pillar of a community, needs models. This guide came at the prefect time, because nowadays models most young people see aren’t authentic”, mayor Daniel Răducanu says.

Young people met with surgeon Tiberiu Opriș, professor, one of the personalities of Transylvanian medical world. Professor doctor Ștefan Gărbea is also a Baru local and was a famous doctor in Bucharest. Baru is also the birthplace of many people with academic careers: Tiberiu Rodean, a chemical engineer with many scientific achievements, Tiberiu Vladislav, famous mathematician, etc.

Other Baru personalities include Maria Horod Gârbea, founder of the Village Museum, Bogdana Butnar, Industry Manager Google Romania, Elena Moldovan, successful US lawyer, priests, professors, engineers etc.

The eCultura project allows locals and youth to talk directly with Bogdana Butnar, Industry Manager Google Romania and Elena Moldovan, legal analyst at Moody's Investors.

Bogdana Butnar explained the „secret of her succes” and answered questions, most about how she managed to succeed in her career.

Lawyer Elena Moldovan, former judge in Romania, spoke to the young people in Baru about her job in the United States. „I now work as a legal analyst at Moody’s Investors, one of the best known rating, research and financial risk analysis agencies in the world”, she says. Asked how a girl from a Hunedoara village managed to become a successful professional in the States, Elena Moldovan amazed young people with her answer: learn to respect state institutions. The rest is just work.

RECL manager Silvia Sălășan says that KEP was a true boost to the commune. Few families own computers, so most young people discovered the Internet at PAPI.

Online resources:

Baru residents communicate online with local personalities

A KEP project promotes successful youth in Baru

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Keywords: BaruHunedoaraeCulturapersonalitiesVIPsGuide of personalities in the commune of Baru

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