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A rich harvest for EPSA 2011 – Many innovative and green initiatives from the European Public Sector!

The EPSA 2011 award contest was officially launched on 17 January 2011 when the call for applications was also opened. The deadline for applications closed on the 13th of April.

The EPSA 2011 Team is pleased to announce that a substantial number of applications were submitted to the 2011 edition. In total, 274 applications from 32 European countries and European institutions were received and are also eligible for the evaluation phase. Top country submitters in the 2011 edition were Spain, Romania, Austria, Italy, Poland and Germany. Out of the 274 applications, 116 came from the local government level, 66 from the regional level, 85 from the national level, and 7 from European institutions.

The distribution per theme is as follows:
Theme 1: Smart Public Service Delivery in a Cold Economic Climate 106 applications;
Theme 2: Opening Up the Public Sector through Collaborative Governance 115; and
Theme 3: Going Green: Concrete Solutions from the Public Sector 53.
It should be noted that several applications submitted under themes 1 and 2 have a large green component, thus evidencing the “greening” of the European public sector.

The applications span many administrative sectors ranging from employment, gender equality, education and public administration modernisation, to human rights, research and innovation, information society, transport and infrastructure, and public health and social welfare. These eligible applications will now be assessed online by independent expert evaluators who will meet at the end of May at EIPA Maastricht for a consensus meeting in order to agree on the final short-listed projects and the best practice certificate recipients for this edition. Then a number of on-site visits will take place in June to verify these assessment results and, at the beginning of September, an international jury consisting of top personalities will take the final decision on the winner as well as the nominees per theme.

The multi-step and impartial evaluation process will reveal many interesting, exemplary and innovative initiatives taking place across Europe and EIPA will again make sure that these findings will be made available to all interested parties. Thus keep checking forthcoming news and announcements on the EPSA 2011 website.

The award winners and nominees for each theme will be presented during a celebratory award ceremony, which will take place on 15-17 November 2011 in Maastricht (NL).

The EPSA 2011 is an award for outstanding administrative performances across all levels of the public sector. For more information, please consult:

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