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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.

Choir started by Vărăști RECL manager puts on shows for December 1st and Christmas

Children in the „Whispers of Angels” choir, started by Vărăști RECL manager, Cosmin Constantin, are busy at work to prepare the show for the National Day of Romania. The spectacular shows they staged this year earned the kids an invitation to sing during Christmas in the Greaca Domain tourist area.

In March 2013, pupils in Vărăști presented their first show of the year, called „Loving mother – I want to thank you!”. It was however the second occasion in which pupils went on stage in front of an audience.

„When we put on the show at the beginning of the year, we had 30 children aged 4 to 15. Right after our first show, for Christmas 2012, we rehearsed for two months and in March managed to get quite a large repertoire. The show had three hours, divided into two parts, with many songs. The first included pop songs dedicated to mother, then children switched to popular costumes in order to sing folkloric songs. We tried to have this kind of music, in order to change children’s mentalities, and now they are fighting to sing such music. I think it’s a big chance, since initially they wouldn’t hear of it. Many didn’t know what it’s about, but know they are in love with folklore. The show was on March 10th, a Sunday, since March 8th was a Friday”, the RECL manager says.

On July 20, the group had its second show, for St. Elijah. “We continued the efforts to promote folkloric music, with several such melodies in our show. It was also on a Sunday so as many people as possible could enjoy it”, the RECL manager says.

On St. Mary’s day, August 15th, pupils had their third show. “For this show we tried religious music to mark the occasion. It was something different indeed! Parents are ahppy because although we are just 20 km away from Bucharest, parents are busy and do not have the time to get people in various children’s clubs in the capital. We are helping out in this field”, Cosmin Constantin says.

Preparations for December 1st

“We want to have the show on December 1st, 75 years after the Great Union, since December 1st falls on a Sunday this year. We usually have our own activities at PAPI on Sundays – because during the week we would not have the audience. Locals are busy in vegetable growing. We have been preparing for the last month and a half, this time focusing on patriotic songs. The vocal group is based on the contribution of primary school pupils and well as secondary school students. We are promoting the show on Facebook as well. We changed the cover of the webpage with a photograph related to December 1st”, the RECL manager says.

The show will not be the last this year! What will follow will be a representation around Christmas time, in the area of the Greaca Domain, where the choir was invited to perform for the holidays.

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