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Awards and prizes


EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.


The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.


National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.



Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.


e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.


Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

Bledea Ceramics – A Trademark

The State Office for Inventions and Trademarks has just released its first certificate attesting a ceramist as an inventor. Its owner, Zaharia Bledea, has created different types of ceramic bowls, all finished using a special technique, with some of his creations residing in Queen Elizabeth the 2nd’s collection.

Zaharia Bledea, a ceramist from Maramureş has managed to revolutionize the copyright field in Romania. He has become an inventor with all the necessary paperwork, after 16 years of work, trying to perfect an original finishing technique for objects made out of ceramic. His efforts have been officially recognized after the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks granted him with an inventor’s certificate, issued for “modern ceramics work technique”.

The document issued by the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks also attests the fact that Zaharia Bledea is the creator of over 45 different types of ceramic objects, and 150 other derived ones, which means that no other ceramist or pottery maker has the right to use them without Zaharia’s say so. He says that, for now, there are no other inventors when it comes to ceramics. He has decided to request the official protection of his works, when, a few months ago, several Bledea ceramic works, copied without right, entered the Romanian market. That’s when he decided to press charges with the Police, which resulted in a still unsolved case file.

The Certificate, Valid for 25 Years

The validity of the certificate that Zaharia Bledea received is 25 years since it’s date of emission, after which the ceramic and it’s special finishing technique can be reevaluated and re-registered as an invention either by the author himself, or by his successors. Even if he would stop creating altogether, after this period of time passes, the Bledea trademark could still only be used with the permission of its intellectual property rights owner.

Death, the Start of Creation

Zaharia Bledea says that “I have been working to perfect this product for 16 years”. So far, he has five inventor’s certificates, and under these circumstances, he says that he has “a right to call myself the inventor of modern ceramics”.

His story is a special one, having started working frenetically after receiving a somber diagnosis. According to the doctors, 16 years ago, Zaharia Bledea would have had only a few months to live. Until then, he had been a scientific researcher, but he gave up his career in science for one in art.

With the help of the knowledge science had given him, he set out to improve the way ceramics was decorated, after realizing that, in that field, not much progress had been made since the Cucuteni Neolithic ceramic figurines.

Târgu Lăpuş Bowls For A Royal Table

Today, his creations are bought by famous collectors from the entire world, all amazed at the decorating technique he has thought up. Even Queen Elizabeth the 2nd of Great Britain has a few Bledea ceramic objects in her collection, some even exhibited in the Porcelain Room in Buckingham Palace. In total, four such designs are in her possession, out of which three bear German designs. These are bigger plateaus, designed with a blue and white pattern. The royal palace in Great Britain also exhibits a white bowl from Târgu Lăpuş.

The maker of these objects says that they are all original, in concept and design as well as in work technique. The plates have been burned in a special oven, also invented by the Maramureş artist. Zaharia Bledea says that he uses strictly natural ingredients, and because of this, his plates and bowls deserve an “ecologic” label.
All his models are registered trademarks with the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks under the name “Blendea Z Ceramics”. Zaharia Bledea says that he will not stop here. He has several other projects, through which he wants to establish new ornamentation techniques, but he will only offer more details after all of his works have been legally protected in what concerns intellectual property rights.

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