EPSA 2013 Newsletter No. 7, 2 December 2013

European Public Sector Award – EPSA 2013 Award Ceremony



Five projects from all corners of Europe (Italy, Finland, Poland, Luxembourg and Spain) awarded on 27 November in Maastricht during the EPSA 2013 Award Ceremony!



During a well-attended and entertaining award ceremony which took place at the Provincial Government House in Maastricht on Wednesday 27 November, the European Institute of Public Administration handed over the European Public Sector Award 2013 to the 3 winning projects as well as two honourable mentions, one for cross-border cooperation, and one for cross-administrative cooperation. This prestigious award recognises the best and most innovative performers in pubic administrations across Europe. Over 160 guests from more than 20 European countries participated in the range of EPSA 2013 events held in Maastricht on 25-27 November 2013.


The Award Winners in the three administrative categories are:


In the European and National administrative category, the first prize went to the project “The Compass of Transparency” submitted by the Italian Department for Public Administration. With this project, Italy showed how monitoring of public administrations websites can help fight against corruption and lead to more transparency, while enabling citizens to keep an eye on how public administrations comply with their legal obligations.

This project is a perfect system of checks and balances: citizens are empowered by actively checking and expressing their opinion – online – and thus exercise control on the public administration. This will result in continuous improvement and better performance of public administration.


The Finnish project “Development of Wellbeing and Civil Safety in Municipalities” submitted by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland received the first prize in the Regional administrative category. This project addresses successfully the challenges of stable rural development and wellbeing of citizens in a context where the resources allocated to healthcare and wellbeing are decreasing, which is a great challenge for all European regions. It is high in innovation as it goes significantly beyond the silo mentality of public administrations by applying a cross-functional and cross-sectoral approach.


The award trophy in the Supra-local and Local administrative category went to the Polish project: Educational and Promotional Campaign “Bielsko-Biała Protects the Climate” submitted by the city of Bielsko-Biała. This project is a role model in Europe for many cities committed to the Europe 2020 environmental objectives of reducing CO2 emissions and realising energy savings. The energy saving results are: energy efficiency savings for the city of over €925.000 in 2012; overall energy savings reached were over 7.6 million kilowatt-hour (kWh) and the ecologic effect related to energy savings is 3.9 million kg of CO2. These achievements are based on a very extensive network involving more than 50 social groups (social media, schools, businesses, teachers and pupils, etc.) as well as famous people from culture, sports, etc. called ‘Climate Ambassadors’.


Honourable Mentions:

The Honourable Mention for Cross-border cooperation was awarded to the project submitted by the Municipality of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, for the project called “The Creation of a New Economic Zone in Southern Luxembourg: Efficient Urban Planning and Social Integration through Cross-municipal, Cross-border and Cross-sectoral Cooperation”. This project is an innovative cross-border initiative which gives a boost to urban economic development with a strategic and holistic approach. It distinguishes itself by its novel cross-municipal and cross-border economic development perspective in order to revitalise the Belval area, a former district of the steel industry and now industrial wasteland. The project is clearly supported by neighbouring communities and local stakeholders across the French border and by the national authorities in Luxembourg.


Last but not least, the Honourable mention for Cross-administrative cooperation went to the project Andalusian Health e-Library submitted by the Regional Government of Andalusia, Spain. The virtual Andalusian health library is currently the biggest electronic health science resource database in Spain and a powerful knowledge sharing platform. The programme is precisely designed to be at the service of the real need of health professionals in the field. It is an excellent example of cross-administrative thinking and partnership serving as a centre for information and scientific documentation for 41 hospitals, 1500 primary care centres and 28 centres for non-medical purposes.


More information as well as pictures of the various events and all project presentations will be available on our website www.epsa2013.eu  later this week. Keep checking it!


EIPA and EPSA would like to thank all those who have submitted an application to the EPSA 2013 edition! 

Keep up the creative spirit and come back with more innovating projects for the 2015 EPSA edition!