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Awards for Innovation in Public Administration
Source: http://www.neurope.eu/article/awards-innovation-public-administration
Source Date: Thursday, June 06, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Europe
Created: Jun 06, 2013

The European Commission announced the winners of the European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration 2013.

Spain received two awards for public initiatives in the categories Firms and Education. The Spanish ministry of Finance and Public Administration launched the Aporta initiative for promoting the re-use of public sector information to promote the development of innovative solutions to major social issues. In example, the Ministry established a federation of open data portals around datos.gob.es, which connects the national portal with its regional and local counterparts.

In addition, the Regional Energy Agency of the Region of Murcia, Spain was rewarded for establishing the Solar Race. The event is an efficiency and endurance competition for vehicles powered by alternative energy sources. The winner of the race is the vehicle which covered the distance using the least amount of energy. At this point we should note, that the energy efficient vehicles must be designed and built by groups of students from education institutions, mainly universities and high schools.

Besides Spain, the other EU Member States received an award for Innovation in Public Administration were Finland, Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Croatia. Each of the nine projects will be awarded with €100,000.

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Geoghegan-Quinn commented. “Innovation is not just something for business. The public sector makes up half of EU gross domestic product, so it must also embrace change. The winners today show that by harnessing new ideas and technology we can improve people's lives and help modernise our economies. We need more initiatives like these.”

According to the European Commission, the nine winners of the Innovation in Public Administration were selected by an independent jury on the basis of four specific criteria: (i) the economic impact of their initiative; (ii) its relevance to challenges facing society; (iii) how original and easy to replicate the idea is; (iv) and how they plan to use the prize money.
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