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EPSA 2009

Material used: 24 karat gold; silk and
brass; the size of one trophy is approx.
25x25x25 cm

© EPSA 2009 and B.J. Leyendeckers.

(Go to the website www.epsa2009.eu)

The EPSA 2009 invited public administrations across Europe to submit their leading-edge projects under four different themes:
  • Performance Improvement in Public Service Delivery
  • Citizen Involvement
  • New Forms of Partnership Working
  • Leadership and Management for Change

Over 300 applications were received from 28 European countries and European institutions. 4 trophies were handed over to the winners of each category as well as 40 best practice certificates, and 2 projects received an honourable mention.


The EPSA 2009 award winners were:

THEME I: e-Bourgogne (France),Regional Platform for e-Services for All. This is a time- and money-saving online system that facilitates enterprises accessing public markets. This innovative project which has shown to save time and money for business society won the first prize in the theme for Performance Improvement in Public Service Delivery.

THEME II: The Cologne Participatory Budget (Germany) received the first prize in the theme of Citizen Involvement. This project created the opportunity for citizens to participate in designing the municipal budget, focusing on three areas - playgrounds, streets and sports - by setting up an e-Platform. Through using this new method, a new culture of participation was created based on transparency and the ability to actively involve huge and different target groups in the region.

THEME III: The winner in the third theme of New Forms of Partnership Working, is the Oldham Local Strategic Partnership (United Kingdom). This project aims to build a partnership between statutory bodies, third sector agencies and the private sector with the long-term objective of reviving the declining local economy, raising the level of local aspirations and addressing underlying ethnic tensions, which goes well beyond their statutory obligation to cooperate.

THEME IV: In the fourth theme, Leadership and Management for Change, the winner is the Management in the San Cugat City Hall project (Spain). The traditional expenses culture of this municipality was changed into a cost culture by introducing contracts between politicians and top public managers (PACTE). This project led to both the politicians and public managers thinking in the same direction and having the same values, therefore making better policies.

In addition, two projects received honourable mention, namely the Gdynia Civic Sector project from Poland (THEME II) and the Present in School, Absent in Jail project from Romania (THEME III).

Based on EPSA's four-step evaluation methodology, these winning projects were identified among the 20 award nominees. You will find the list of the 20 award nominees and 40 additional best practice certificate recipients by clicking here.

The Programme and the Brochure for the EPSA 2009 symposium and award ceremony on the 4 - 6 November 2009 can be downloaded here: Programme - Brochure

Download the EPSA 2009 Research Report "Taking the Pulse of European Public Administration" and the EPSA 2009 Project Catalogue. Please visit the EPSA2009 website for more information.

The EPSA 2015 winners are…

Supra-local and local award: Every Child Safe Forever – The Development of Relentless Family Case Management and the End of Parole and Other Court Orders, submitted by the Youth Protection Amsterdam Region (NL)
European, national and regional award: BQ-Portal – The Information Portal for Foreign Professional Qualifications, submitted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (DE)
Cross-cutting award: Urban Environment and Health, submitted by the Barcelona Provincial Council (ES)
Read more about the EPSA 2015 final event and award ceremony

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