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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.

The Rupea furniture factory has gained worldwide recognition

Rupea town, Braşov County, has a furniture factory which has carried the Rupea name worldwide. It was financed by two entrepreneurs with a mind for business. Ida Toro and Emil Ghişoiu, who discovered that old furniture, if reconditioned, can be very good merchandise for export.

Gathering and reconditioning old and used furniture, thrown away by peasants, Ida Toro and Emil Ghişoiu set up a proper antiquity business, efficient and much appreciated in the West.

“The idea of an old furniture business isn’t entirely mine. It came from a handful of sasi businessmen who live in Germany, and who, after testing the market there, realized that our old passion for wooden peasant furniture can become a stable source of income”, says Ida Toro, general manager of the business.

Furniture made in Rupea reaches the United States, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria and Northern European countries. Romanians are not among the most faithful costumers of the company, some because of the price, other because they dislike the ethnic style. “Most objects we find are either Hungarian or Sas. The Sas ones are massive, with sombre colours and a dark painting, whereas the Hungarian ones are smaller, more carefully sculpted and with floral decorations”, says the head of the company. The furniture they take from Moldova sells very well in the United States, while the Transylvanian furniture is particularly liked in Holland and Belgium.

Promoting the products made by the Mobila SA Rupea Company is mostly done online. The company’s website offers information on the entire range of products done here, while the company has contracts with important furniture distributors around Europe. Through them, the furniture can reach stores in Western Europe. Also, another important way of promotion is through the Sas community in Germany. When the business was first set up, half of it was owned by Sas businessmen who have since left the country.

Nothing is done at random

For a Transylvanian wardrobe, a painted wood bed or a century-old trunk, most of the clients patiently wait their turn on a list. Waiting can take up to two months, and an order rarely drops under 12,000 Euros. The hired craftsmen carefully study each object in turn, in order to find any kind of defection or sign of wornness. The especially beautiful items are photographed and entered in the company’s archive. In this way, they can then be seen by future customers and replicated.

Still, nothing is done at random here. Old models are kept and redone on newer pieces. After being photographed, the furniture items go inside a reconditioning and restoration workshop. The employees work fast, with clear shipment deadlines. “The most difficult days are when we send the merchandise abroad. Sometimes we’re still here working well after midnight, because we have to wrap everything carefully and load it in trucks”, says Ida Toro.

Mobila SA Rupea doesn;t have a great number of employees, but manages to make a profit with only a few dozen people. In 2008 it had a 500,000 lei turnover and a 24,000 lei profit. “The furniture company is one of the investments who have made Rupea known worldwide. We take great pride in that and we are eager to back investors who help the town develop”, says the Rupea Mayor, Flavius Dumitrescu.

Related links:

The economic development of Rupea town, triggered by the fortress’ rehabilitation

The Tradition of wood carvers in Apuseni, turned into a successful business in Câmpeni

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