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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.

Biblionet rewarded a project taking place in Tulgheș and Sângeorgiu de Pădure

A project called ATES – „Healthy, Traditional and Balanced Diet”, implemented by the Tulgheș library in partnership with the Sângeorgiu de Pădure City Library in the eCULTURA KEP competition, was rewarded in the Biblionet National Programme, in the contest called „Ideas for tomorrow at the local library”. The prize was awarded during the conference Future Communities – Future Libraries – 2013, taking place at the National Library on OCtober 30th and November 1st. Deputy director of the Global Libraries Programme of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Jessica Dorr and the Biblionet IREX Romania director Paul Andre Baran attended the event.

The competition was among the most interesting projects finalised by public libraries in the last six years. 30 public libraries registered, be them county, municipal, city and communal libraries throughout the country, the total value of the prizes amounting to 10,000 USD.

The ATES project was implemented by the Tulgheș Communal Library in partnership with the Sângeorgiu de Pădure City Library and the library of the Secondary School in Tulgheș, as part of the eCULTURA competition.

The main goal of the project was to preserve and promote local culinary traditions in education, in order to improve public health, to bring diversity and inter-cultural values, by effective use of technology.

„During the conference, I had the honour to be rewarded for the eCULTURA project ATES, developed in 2012 as part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP). The project was a success, and the prize I received was an Oscar for me, now, before retirement. The eCULTURA project ATES 2012 was possible thanks to the excellent collaboration between the school and libraries, and thanks to the modern IT&C equipment offered by Biblionet and KEP”, librarian Maria-Otilia Bârsan says.

The prize money will go to the library in Tulgheș, alongside to book of good practice examples created based on projects which entered the competition.

„Activities of the ATES project were many and interesting, combining tradition with modern technology, healthy and balance diets with an active lifestyle involving sports, farming work and nature hikes. After the project launch, on June 1st, a project visit took place. 20 pupils, teachers and the librarian in Sângeorgiu came to Tulgheș to meet us and participate in a cooking competition with traditional products in the two communities. Six crews competed in preparing tasty food in open-fire kettles. Sports and fun activities opened up their appetite. We showcased salads made out of fresh vegetables, lamb or rabbit stew, polenta with various types of cheese, several types of goulash and pancakes for dessert”, the librarian says.

PAPI connected partner communities

„The principals of the schools in Tulgheș and Sângeorgiu, teachers and PAPI representatives had a special contribution in organising this meeting, alongside the Tulgheș City Hall and the three librarians involved. We also collected old photos and traditional recipes, filmed videos with senior citizens to learn the secrets of longevity, took part in public health lessons, designed the healthy eating pyramid, prepared a traditional snack, organised exhibitions with books and hand-made products, visited Sângeorgiu and, took computer classes and, in the end, we created a common culinary calendar of the two communities”, Bârsan concludes.

The project took place from May to September 2012 and received 16,000 Lei worth of non-reimbursable funds through KEP, with 3% contribution from the Tulgheș Local Council.

Online resources:

Children in Tulgheş visit Sângeorgiu de Pădure in the course of the eCULTURA programme

KEP advertises healthy, traditional nutrition in Tulgheș

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