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European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration

Many thanks for your interest in the European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration.

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.


» Who could apply?

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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» Who are the winners of the 2013 Prize?

Read the press release
EU rewards 9 innovative public initiatives in Europe:

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» Who were the jury members of the 2013 Prize?

  • jury1 Ann Mettler, Executive Director and co-founder of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank. In this role, she manages the European Centre of Government Transformation dedicated to public sector innovation, founded together with the College of Europe and Accenture.
  • jury2 Marga Pröhl, Director of the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA). She was previously Head of Division in the Department of Administrative Modernisation, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany and also has teaching experience at the University of Osnabruck.
  • jury3 Carlos Brazao, General Manager of CISCO Systems Portugal and responsible for public sector innovation. He has an extensive working experience in the private sector in ICT and new technologies as well as promoting their use in government.
  • jury4 Sasha Bezuhanova, Director of the Public Sector for Growth Markets at Hewlett-Packard. In this role, she manages HP's government business in 27 countries, with a prior experience at HP in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • jury5 Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy with the OECD. In this role, he has been in charge of the PISA tests and is a global authority on innovation in education.

» Why has the EU launched this Prize?

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