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Austria and Spain receive the United Nations "Public Service Award" 2014


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Two EU Member States will receive a United Nations award in the field of Public Service this week.

In the category "Improving the delivery of Public Services", Austria, being part of the "Europe and North America" region, was awarded 1st place for their nationwide Open Government Data Portal ( by the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria. The portal is a unique platform for providing a comprehensive database of freely accessible national government data. The awarding jury pointed out that Austria was an inspiration and a model for other countries.

In the same category, Spain was awarded 2nd place for their "Data Intermediation Platform", built by the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration. The platform is a central data broker system interconnecting base registries in order to facilitate national cross-domain data access and reduce the administrative burden. The Spanish system was also identified as a best practice under ISA action 1.2 "Access to Base Registries". Click herepdf for further information.

The United Nations "Public Service Award" is a prestigious international recognition of public service, given to countries that have excelled in delivering public service. The competition aims to reward excellence in the public sector, and to collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication.

Winners have been recognised annually since 2003 on the United Nations Public Service Day (23 June). This year's competition winners will be honoured at the Awards Ceremony taking place during the United Nations Public Service Forum. The theme of this year's forum is "Innovating Governance for Sustainable Development and Well-being of the People". The event takes place from 23-26 June in Seoul, the Republic of Korea.