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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, seen as an eye-opener and job creator for Arbore

The Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society was for the community in Arbore, in the county of Suceava, a source of important benefits, says the local RECL manager. Youth were helped integrate easier in the technology savvy world we live in, after learning to use computers more effectively. PAPI became more active in their life, they were convinced to play an active part in the projects under the KEP umbrella, and helped grow their community. Also thanks to KEP, Arbore has seen the creation of new jobs.

RECL manager Valentin Iulian Ursan says that the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) was a blessing for the community. “I’m very happy with this project, how it was implemented and the projects I got to supervise with KEP. I can say it was beneficial for me too, but the most benefits went to the local administration and the community as a whole”, he says.

The commune Luca Arbore has many young people, whom the RECL manager attracted to PAPI, where they first learned about computers. Many came from low-income families and wouldn’t have dreamt of touching a computer before, not to mention using one to their benefit. Young people had lots of enthusiasm, and PAPI became an important place in their lives. “Connecting schools to the Internet was a huge step, and the IT lab in the school essential for the commune. Starting with the school and the people whose perspectives changed by the new technologies, a flurry of innovative ideas was put into motion in a community that had been marginalised before all that”, the RECL manager says: “The Knowledge-Based Economy Project should go on with new community programmes!”

This is why Valentin Iulian Ursan thinks KEP should keep going, as it was a true chance for local development. “From my perspective, KEP should go on with new programmes for KEP communities. I think it was a real support, created following the exact needs of Romanian communities. For us, civil servants, the trainings and professional programmes were really useful, and exchanges in Ireland and Spain broadened our horizons in an incredible manner. I’m thrilled that I could get involved in very special projects, starting with the CONECT project «Popular art – link to touristic development in Bucovina” and ending with my participation in eEntrepreneurs 2012, where our local team took third place with the IT Academy proposal”, he says.

Companies have bigger turnovers

A very important aspect is that through these projects, unusual for a rural community, the KEP helped created new jobs in Arbore. Following the success in the eEntrepreneurs 2012 competition, by implementing the business plan, three international transport companies from the commune boast higher profits and created new jobs for locals.

Another initiative was the Tourist Info Centre, which lead to local development and even more jobs. The building of the centre was built using European funds, which local civil servants learned how to access using European funds. “Our tourist info centre is also owed to KEP. We already have a site promoting the commune on Facebook and soon we’ll have our own, with a detailed map of the area, since we have accommodation facilities and hotels that tourists will learn about. We will also sign partnerships with tourism agencies”, Valentin Iulian Ursan says. “Our eyes have opened and we now know what to do to keep local development going”, he concludes.

Online resources:

5 years of KEP in Târgu Lăpuş mean 37 series of training and community development projects

KEP meant social inclusion for Berchișești locals

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