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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.

eCULTURA results, presented to museum director by RECL Sângeorgiu de Pădure

The partnership signed by RECL Sângeorgiu de Pădure with the Ethnographic Museum Târgu Mureș, in order to continue the project DigiCult which started under the KEP umbrella, shows the first results. the RECL manager Istvan Menyhart was invited to a session of scientific communications taking place in Târgu Mureș and presented to an audience formed of the best specialists in Romania and museum directors the results of the eCULTURA project, as well as results of the common activities of PAPI and the county museum.

The eCULTURA programme was launched as part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society. In Sângeorgiu de Pădure, the project DigiCult took place and ended successfully, so following implementation a partnership with the Etnographic Museum in Târgu Mureș was signed, in order for the project to continue. It was all possible thanks to the involvement of PAPI employees.

DigiCult, a project initiated at the beginning of 2012 with RECL Dărmănești (in Dâmbovița), involved saving and preserving the historic cultural heritage in the community, by digitising all documents and visual testimony (old family or public archive photos) which speak about local identity. Over 600 photographs, old testimony of ancient local customs, can be now seen with a click, thanks to the DigiCult eCULTURA project, financed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

The Ethnographic Museum in Târgu Mureș also implements the cultural programme „A century of local history in images”, and specialists of the museum learned about the project in Sângeorgiu and signed a partnership with RECL.

From November 14th to 16th 2013, in Târgu Mureș took place the National Sessions for Scientific Communications „Ethnology Heritage in the context of cultural exchanges – the rapport between traditions to contemporaneity”. Following the above mentioned project, the RECL manager was invited to participate. „Museum directors and specialists were invited – I was basically the only non-specialist at the session. I spoke about the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, financed by the Romanian Government and the World Bank. I presented eCULTURA and how we reached this partnership with the Etnography Museum in Târgu Mureș. I explained how RECL employees are people you can count on. I’m sure my presentation helped them understand how we reached this agreement and our results”, RECL manager Istvan Menyhart says.

RECL support for scientific work

„The purpose of this partnership is to get more information about documents we gathered through the eCULTURA project, as well to find and digitise other documents they locals may have”, Menyhart says,. „We want not just to record the data and analyse the photographs as historic documents, but also to help shape local identity, seen as a dynamic of configuration and reconfiguration, and give back to the community a century of cultural history”, Angela Pop, representative of the museum and project coordinator, says.

This is why locals in Sângeorgiu de Pădure came once more to PAPI with old photos, to have them scanned.

The enthusiasm and interest of locals determined the museum to ask the RECL manager for a monograph of the locality, in order to use the data gathered so far by RECL employees for a scientific work. „In order for the monograph to be well researched, we told specialists from the museum to talk to RECL managers in other localities, as they have data about their localities already in digital formats”, Menyhart says.

Online resources:

KEP helps digitise the history of Sângeorgiu de Pădure

KEP starts an exchange between librarians in Sângeorgiu de Pădure

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