Yet another successful EPSA edition!
One global challenge.... and 230 possible solutions received by the EPSA 2013
Despite the continuation of the economic crisis and strains on public finances all over Europe, lesser investments in innovation and staff cuts and/or restructuring, the EPSA 2013 benefited again from a very high contribution: 230 projects from 26 European countries and EU institutions were submitted under the overarching theme “Weathering the Storm: Creative Solutions in a Time of Crisis”. Together with the cases submitted to the EPSA 2009 and 2011 editions, this represents over 800 cases that will be available in the EPSA eKnowledge Platform to be released by the end of the year.
As a novelty of this edition, public administrations could submit their projects under three different administrative categories (European and National, Regional, Supra-local and Local). Nearly half of all entries were in the category Supra-local and Local, followed by European/National and Regional. The top country submitters in this edition were Spain, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Romania respectively.
What comes next?
All eligible applications will now be assessed online by independent experts, who will then meet mid-June in Maastricht for a consensus meeting to agree on a shortlist of projects and the best practice certificate recipients. All applicants who are among this group will be notified at the end of June. Then a number of onsite visits will take place from July to early September to verify the evaluation results and, at the end of September, an international jury consisting of high-level personalities will take the final decision on the nominees as well as the winner per administrative category.
The prize winners and nominees will be presented during a three-day final event and award ceremony in Maastricht (NL) from 25 until 27 November 2013 and - unlike it was the case in past editions - all submitters are most welcome to attend this final event.
Keep checking forthcoming news and announcements on www.epsa2013.eu to see if your project is among the finalists.
The EPSA 2013 Team would like to thank all European Public Sector players who submitted their projects to the EPSA 2013 for their brilliant ideas and participation.