The European Public Sector Award (EPSA) was first launched by EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration) in 2007 with the aim to motivate administrative agencies throughout Europe to learn from the best practices of others and to fundamentally modernize their methods and structures.
The competition is free of charge. All public sector institutions from all levels and from all over Europe are eligible to submit their projects for the award. The European Public Sector Award 2011 is officially supported by the European Commission and 11 European countries: Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.
In addition, the final event and ceremony will be hosted by the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg on 15 -17 November 2011.
Info Day in Budapest
After the Brussels launch of European Public Sector Award 2011 on 17 January an Info Day was held in Hungary on 10 February by the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) in order to draw attention to this unique opportunity.
In his opening speach dr. Norbert Kis, director general of National Institute of Public Administration and member of EIPA Board of Governors introduced the newly established NIPA (National Institute of Public Administration) as a part of the improvement processes towards involving people and the public sector more at the centre of political action. He also mentioned that National Institute of Public Administration strongly encourages applicants to submit their achievements to the European Public Sector Award, as this is an excellent opportunity to receive valuable input for the administrative work and effective support, opening up room for improvement and further development, to bring projects to the attention of a wider European audience, to benefit as a learning platform and efficient knowledge transfer across Europe.
Reka Sipos, head of International Relations Department, National Institute of Public Administration, demonstrated the three main themes of European Public Sector Award 2011, followed by practical information on how to apply, by Orsolya Varnai, project officer for international relations. National Institute of Public Administration provides free of charge consultations for those interested in the application.
Registration form and further information are available on the official homepage of European Public Sector Award 2011: www.epsa2011.eu