The European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration celebrates the most innovative, forward-looking public initiatives which benefit citizens, firms, or the education and research sector.
Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn awarded EUR 100 000 to each of the 9 winning initiatives during the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE IV) Conference in Cork in June 2013.
The 9 winners were selected by an independent jury on the basis of four criteria: the economic impact of their initiative; its relevance to challenges facing society; how original and easy to replicate the idea is; and how they plan to use the prize money.
Out of the 9 winning initiatives, there were:
3 initiatives for citizens (in Finland, Sweden and the UK)
3 initiatives for firms (in Spain, The Netherlands and Portugal)
3 initiatives for research and education (in Spain, Croatia and Slovakia)
The prize money will serve to expand the initiatives. The winners will present their actions to replicate and scale up the initiatives in March 2014 in Brussels.
The competition was launched in September 2012 and was open to public authorities established in any EU Member state or a country associated to the EU's research framework programme.
Submitted initiatives had to be on-going for between one and four years.
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EU rewards 9 innovative public initiatives in Europe:
The public sector makes up half of EU gross domestic product.
To unleash its potential, public administrations are in need of re-thinking, re-shaping and creating the eco-system needed for innovation. This can be achieved by a new and more collaborative approach to change, and a redefined relationship between citizens and the state, and between the state and the private sector.
By means of this Prize, the Commission seeks to reward excellence and innovation from public administrations that has the potential to be replicated in other European contexts.
Watch the video presenting the Prize