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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 Pătârlagele aims to involve youth in social and civic activities

Last year, the RECL manager in Pătârlagele, Buzău County, organised a project called „Preserving local traditions and customs in a European context”. Building on that experience, he is now working on a new project, „We make the difference”, which he will submit in autumn for the Youth in Action programme, financed by the European Commission.

“This project aims to boost our community by engaging young people in various events and actions, to find solutions for several issues they are facing, empower them through decision-making, valuing talent and abilities of the young generation”, RECL manager Constantin Mircică explains.

Young locals will learn about the dangers of alcohol and tobacco, as well as become part of a viable partnership between local public actors (City Hall, school and youth). Another goal is to have the young generation participate, through representatives, in the local decision-making process, when decisions are taken, or at least empowering them to influence the local agenda in areas of concern to them. The project also aims to increase awareness of European institutions, especially those dedicated to the young agenda. The project will also help preserve local tradition through various activities.

At the end, the project will be known and used by 30 NGOs, local administration, schools and public institutions.

„Called «We make the difference», the project is a community action one, aiming to make youth more responsible and to involve young people in the social and civic agenda, like helping the needy, monitoring Local Council activity and making its activity more transparent, as well as creating an alternative Youth Council”, the project coordinator explains.

“As president of the Sudcarpatica Association, I have a long-standing experience with young people, especially since my profession is high school teacher. During my 18 years behind the teacher’s desks and the 8-9 years of coordinating youth projects, I came to learn the needs, risks, desires and aspirations of the young generation. Both I and my colleagues permanently talk freely to young people, ask for their input, encourage them to be part of activities which have a positive influence in their lives and shape their future and behaviour. Young people are always subjected to risks specific to age; they themselves admit it’s sometimes hard to cope and they would need more information when taking decisions. Sometimes, they don’t know their own rights, they don’t know they can influence school-wide decisions or local community decisions, at least in regard to youth. They know little about European institutions like the EU Parliament, or why are the European Parliamentary elections important. The cultural national traditional is starting to fade, they forgot the real local customs, like we learned in the other project. It’s very important that they still have the great desire to be involved in non-formal activities, community events and youth events”, the teacher says.

Project larger than the Pătârlagele community

There are two high schools in Pătârlagele: one has a technological profile, the other is a science highschool.

„The science highschool is traditional, it is sought out by young people from 10 neighbouring communities, so identifying the needs and finding solutions for youth problems, including such projects as we propose, will have effects far outside our borders. Every time we have participants from outside the commune, some of them from isolated areas, which hide true cultural heritage gems or morality. All these need, issues, aspects, will be at least improved by implementing this project, at least at a community level”, he adds.

The project will be submitted as part of action 1.2 regarding youth initiative, on October 1st.

Useful past experience

From July 18th to 29th, 2012, Pătârlagele hosted the project „ Preserving local traditions and customs in a European context”, and the entire activity has proven useful to the community. The partnership with a community from Turkey involved 30 young people from Turkey and Romania and was financed by the European Commission through Youth in Action, sub-action 1.1, “youth exchange”.

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