EPSA in a nutshell...
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
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 honourable mention.
The Awards Event & Ceremony took place in Maastricht on 4-6 November 2009 under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency (www.epsa2009.eu)