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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.

RECL Vaideeni helps 140 young unemployed become entrepreneurs

Locals in the KEP community of Vaideeni and the neighbouring community of Costești (Vâlcea County) are taking place in an entrepreneurship course organised at PAPI Vaideeni, using the modern equipment offered by the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society. 30 of them will receive assistance in opening up their own businesses, after a contest of ideas. The two localities now have two Entrepreneurial Support Centres.

The Civil Society for Education and Technology Foundation in Bucharest, in partnership with the Vaideeni City Hall, Costești City Hall and SC Logicons SA are implementing in Vâlcea County a project called „Promoting entrepreneurship in rural areas”, starting on April 2nd, 2012.

The general objective of the project is promoting entrepreneurship, in order to improve the quality of human resources in rural areas and boost employment in non-farming activities.

Competition to identify 30 feasible ideas

„We informed and counselled 140 young people who are unemployed about the importance of being qualified, continuing education and the importance of entrepreneurial initiatives according to opportunities in the area”, Vaideeni RECL manager Alin Statie says. He had the idea of bringing the project to the community.

“We also organised information sessions regarding the area’s potential and the advantages of entrepreneurial initiatives, by organising visits to private companies with a profit, in order to understand how there are organised”, project manager Loredana Predescu says.

“The course to form common skills – entrepreneurial competencies was targeted for 46 people who are unemployed, selected according to minimum knowledge requirements. The course included a theory part and workshops which included information about motivation and entrepreneurial attitude, planning a business, idea feasibility, feasibility study, financing soruces and information or durable development”.

All unemployed people will participate in visits to local companies and career orientation seminars. They will all participate in a competition of business plans, offering everyone the opportunity to get their plans evaluated. For 30 of them, with feasible ideas, the project will cover the costs to start a company and put the ideas into practice.

Trainees will also get nationally recognised professional training certificates.

Centre of Support for Entrepreneurs and Good Practice Guide

The project also involves setting up two Centres of Support for Entrepreneurs which will help people in rural areas develop new activities in the field. The centres will offer long-term promotion of entrepreneurial activities, give out materials promoting entrepreneurial initiatives, create databases and those interested in starting a business will have access to information. They will also edit a Good Practice Guide which will be a long-term help.

“The guide will go to participants though the centre which will be founded during the project. The guide will focus on developing entrepreneurial skills and topics like: Entrepreneurial motivation and attitude, Creativity and innovation in identifying locally existing opportunities and generating business ideas, Writing a business plan, Marketing basic – identifying a target groups, Analysing resources and costs, Financial and investment elements, Risk management strategies, Entrepreneurial ethics, Durable development”, Popescu says.

The project will last 19 months, amounts to 1,682,000 Lei and is co-financed through the European Social Fund through SOP HRD 2007-2013. The project is part of Priority Axis 5, “Implementing Active Occupational Measures”, Key Intervention Area 5.2 “Promoting long-term sustainability for rural areas”.

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