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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.

Vine-growers in Diosig and Recaș receive KEP support during recession

For the communes of Recaș, in Timiș County, and Diosig, in Bihor County, the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP), coordinated by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society and funded by the World Bank and Romanian Government, was a chance to revitalise vine-growing, the main activity area which supports the economy of both KEP communities.

KEP helped vine-growers in Recaș and Diosig, two localities famous for their wines, to develop this essential sector for their growth. “From the oldest times, Diosig was famous for vine-growing”, RECL manager Diana Lavinia Corbuțiu says.

The common activities included the possibility to see how wine is made. Vine-growers in Diosig said a quality wine is made using ancient methods, in cellars with hundreds of years of tradition.

For those in Recaș, a quality wine is made with modern equipment and from modern, productive types of grapes. In Recaș, old equipment was replaced with new, high-yield equipment. More than 600 hectares were replanted in the last years, with Italian and French vines with high efficiency.

Advice from famous specialists

To get better results, vine-growers in the two KEP communities received advice from famous experts. They learned about financing for vine reconversion, buying new equipment or fight pests through modern methods. They also received support from marketing specialists who presented the ways and methods which ensure good sales. „The project helped vine-growers a lot, they asked questions and got specialist advice”, the RECL manager says.

Vine-growers admit they had a lot to learn about good production, modern vine-growing and that the events that were part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) helped them convert to modern methods. „We learned a lot from the metings with vine-growers in Diosig. We applied the specialists’s advice and got better production. I learned how to get financing for planting vines, I submitted a project and I’m currently waiting for the results”, Recaș vine-grower Rozalia Balaj says.

A rich traditions, passed through the generations

Growing vines and making wine represent a rich tradition which parents pass on to their children both in Recaș and Diosig. Diosig was famous and the wines made there used to reach people in the Romania’s North-West, as well as customers abroad. A Vine-Growing School existed in the commune since 1870, the only one of its kind in the area, located in Zichy Castle. Nowaday, the castle’s wall still boast the graduation picture of engineers who learned about wine in this school.

Recaș, in Timiș, is famous for its plantations and the wine it makes. The first documentary attestation of Recaș vine-growing comes from the year 1,457. Wines made Recaș known throughout the world, being exported to all European countries, as well as Japan.

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Projects KEP created in order to support winegrowers will continue in Diosig

KEP facilitates good practice exchange between winegrowers in Diosig and Recaş

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Keywords: DiosigRecașTimișBihorvine-growingrevitalising vine-growing

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