EPSA 2013

EPSA 2013 Launch Event

The European Public Sector Award 2013 (EPSA 2013) was officially launched during a high-level and well-attended event held in the Robert Schuman Room of the EC Berlaymont Building on 25 January 2013 in Brussels. 

With an audience of approx. 100 stakeholders from European public administrations coming from 25 countries, the launch event was opened with a welcome speech by Maroš Šefčovič (SK), Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (click here for the speech). During his speech, Mr Šefčovič stressed the importance of such schemes for benchmarking good practices and learning from each other in the difficult period that all public administrations are currently facing. The Vice-President also introduced some of the reforms being carried out within the EC, while underlining that they fully match the EPSA 2013 theme. EIPA's Director-General, Prof. Dr Marga Pröhl (DE), introduced EIPA, the EPSA mission, its set-up and key dates (click here for the presentation). She was also happy to announce that despite the continuing heavy strain on national budgets, EIPA has once again succeeded in obtaining political and financial support from 13 official partners for this new EPSA edition.   

Then the Deputy Mayor of Bilbao, Ms Ibone Bengoetxea (ES), took the floor to present one of the winning projects of the EPSA 2011 edition and explained to the audience the positive effects and the rewarding experience of participating in EPSA (click here for the presentation).   

Mr Alexander Heichlinger, EPSA Manager, and Mr Michael Burnett, EPSA 2013 Theme Leader, explained all details on the call text, the target group, the application period, the EPSA 2013 theme, the evaluation criteria, the evaluation and selection procedure, as well as the good reasons for participation (presentation 1presentation 2).   

The closing address was delivered by H.E. Mr Rory Montgomery (IE), Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, who touched on some of the reforms carried out in Ireland to come out of the crisis and explained the many challenges entailed by the EU Presidency.    

List of presentations and additional materials

Programme of the event (PDF)