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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.

PAPI Sângeorgiu de Pădure wins projects for people all over the county

In Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Mureș County, PAPI is a success story. Just lately, five projects with European funding were won and PAPI employees had a full contribution to writing the documentation both for Sângeorgiu de Pădure and for other communities in the county.

PAPI financing ensured through 2017

PAPI Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Mureș County, won for the third time the Europe Direct Information Centre project. „The project is financed by the European Commission in order to have Europe Direct info centres in all EU countries. the centre’s mission is to answer citizen queries about the EU and inform them about European policies. PAPI is 100% involved in this, since our centre was built on the PAPI structure”, RECL manager Istvan Menyhart explains.

PAPI applied three times in this programme. “We won for the first time in 2008, the second time for 2009-2012, and the recently won project will span 5 years, 2013-2017”, he says. The project brings 20,000 Euros a year and will mean organising an average of 17 events per year.

Thus, PAPI became one of the commune’s pillars. “We are very visible locally. Most social and cultural events take place here and we managed to get new equipment. I’m sure that having these projects had a strong impact in developing civil society here”, the RECL manager says.

Of course, a communications project doesn’t have the same visibility as a project to solve infrastructure issues, like building or repairing the road or putting in place new water distribution networks. However, it can be a strong support for communities really wishing to develop.

Neighbours ask for help

Their success was known throughout the area and representatives of other localities came to ask for help in writing projects. Thus, PAPI representatives helped submit 6 projects out of which four were accepted. One of them is for Sângeorgiu de Pădure, and other three for other local communities: Sângeorgiu de Mureș and Sărăteni in Mureș and Vărșag in Harghita.

„Our PAPI centre writes the projects and helps implement them, which means results are clear and visible. Our neighbours saw this and asked us to teach them what to do. We are giving a helping hand in the development of their own communities”, Menyhart concludes.

Projects were submitted following the call for projects in the Europe for Citizens programme. “We helped communities write projects in the course of the «Twinning between cities» programme”, the RECL manager says.

The programme are open to mayors whose localities who have at least one twinned community in a EU country or who planned signing such an agreement and are able to finance the costs for citizens’ meetings.

“Since such meetings are usually scheduled when community feasts take place, the programme is really helpful, if the community manages to give European relevance for the event”, the RECL manager says.

The maximum eligible amount is 25,000 Euros, and the local community in Sângeorgiu got an average of 17,000 Euros per project.

Thanks to this project, the locality will host «ambassadors» from twinned localities of Varades, France, Plan les Ouates, Switzerland, Celldömölk and Baja, Hungary and Kovačica, Serbia. „The event will coincide with our locality’s feast. We will organise various events, and each community, part of the project, will present itself to our locals”, the RECL manager says.

These are just some of the projects PAPI won – there number is great, which made the centre famous not just locally, but also in the entire area.

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”Almost all projects we write in Prundeni are winners”

Initiatives of RECL managers, key to the development of KEP communities

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