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An award designed to recognise the most innovative and effective public administrations across Europe was launched on Friday 25 January by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in Brussels. 

Speaking at the launch event for the 2013 European Public Sector Awards organised by the European Institute for Public Administration and supported by the European Commission's Directorate General for Human Resources, V-P Šefčovič stressed that governments across Europe have obliged the public sector to cut costs, make efficiency gains and encourage  the more effective use of resources. 

"And yet these difficult circumstances have led to some wonderfully creative approaches…Public administrations are not being asked to do less in return for the cuts – indeed, their role remains as vital as ever if we want to create the right conditions for sustainable growth.  In these times when demand for quality public services is greater than ever, only an efficient, effective and resilient public sector is capable of meeting this demand," he said. 

V-P Šefčovič highlighted a number of measures already put into place by the Commission, itself under pressure to cut cost and use its resources more effectively, such as the development of executive agencies to oversee the implementation of EU rules by expert staff and thus relieve the burden on Commission personnel. "The executive agencies not only improve the management of EU programmes they also do so at lower cost," he said. 

The awards, organised for the third time in 2013, are designed to showcase the innovative approaches adopted by public administrations as they seek to do more with less, and are open to all public administrations from European to local level.

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