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The History of EPSA

 

EPSA 2007

The 1st European Public Sector Award was launched on 14 March 2007 in Berlin and was organised by the Bertelsmann Foundation together with the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) and the University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer (in cooperation with Germany, Austria and Switzerland). The aim was to motivate administrative agencies throughout Europe to learn from the best practices of others and to fundamentally modernize their methods and structures.

The 1st EPSA focused on three thematic areas:

* Collaborative Governance

* Targeting with Scarce Resources

* Coping with Demographic Change

More than 300 public administration bodies from 25 European countries applied for this award. Six awards were handed over.

The Awards Ceremony took place on 12/13 November 2007 in Luzern, Switzerland. more information


EPSA 2009

The 2nd EPSA edition was launched in Paris on 20 October 2008 during the 5th Quality Conference organised by the French Presidency for public administrations in the EU. This second edition was organised and managed by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) with the political and financial support of 15 European countries and the European Commission as well as the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg, plus a number of private sponsors. Four themes were selected for this edition:

* 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 Awards Event & Ceremony took place in Maastricht on 4-6 November 2009 under the auspices of the Swedish EU Presidency (www.epsa2009.eu)

 

EPSA 2011

The 3rd EPSA edition was launched in the EC Berlaymont Building in Brussels on 17 January 2011 in presence of Maroš Šefčovič (SK), Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. This third edition was organised and managed by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) with the political and financial support of 11 European countries and the European Commission as well as the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg, plus a number of private sponsors. Three themes were selected for this edition:

  • Smart Public Service Delivery in a Cold Economic Climate
  • Opening Up the Public Sector Through Collaborative Governance
  • Going Green- Concrete Solutions from the Public Sector

274 applications were received from 32 European countries and European institutions. 3 trophies were presented to the winners in each theme as well as 43 Best Practice Certificates.

The Awards Event and Ceremony took place in Maastricht on 15-17 November 2011 (www.epsa2011.eu)

 

EPSA 2013

This 4th edition was launched on 25 January 2013 in the Robert Schuman Room of the EC Berlaymont Building on 25 January 2013 in Brussels, in presence of Maroš Šefčovič (SK), Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, and was organised and managed by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) with the political and financial support of 10 European countries and the European Commission, as well as the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg.

One overarching theme was selected for this edition:  “Weathering the Storm: Creative Solutions in a Time of Crisis”.

For this edition 3 administrative categories were competing and awarded separately:  1) European or National level; 2) Regional level; 3 Supra-local or Local level.

227 applications were received from 26 European countries and European institutions. 3 trophies were presented to the winners in each administrative category as well as 47 Best Practice Certificates.

In addition, two Honourable Mentions were awarded, one to an outstanding project with a cross-border dimension, and another one to an outstanding project with a cross-administrative dimension.

The Awards Event and Ceremony took place in Maastricht on 25-27 November 2013 (www.epsa2013.eu)

 

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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Publications

  • In Search of Local Public Management Excellence Seven Journeys to Success

    This book aims to demonstrate that various creative and smart routes to excellent solutions are possible, by analysing success stories in different areas of local public management from seven European cities in the EPSA scheme – Bilbao (ES), Birmingham (UK), Mannheim (DE), Milan (IT), Tallinn (EE), Tampere (FI), and Trondheim (NO). It concludes by presenting seven steps leading to excellence. The only thing left to find out is: are other cities ready to take on the challenge?

  • Public Management in the 21st Century

    What kind of ideas are behind the remodelling of the state and public sector, and how have these ideas materialized in practice? In this book the authors illustrate what are the driving forces behind the huge amount of public management reforms over the last three decades. Trends and ideas of public management reforms in practice are validated by data from European Public Sector Award cases (2009 and 2011).

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