News Item, , Berlin: Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble launches European Public Sector Award

Competition jointly sponsored by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, University of Administrative Services in Speyer and the European Group of Public Administration

With the support of German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer and the European Group of Public Administration announced today the inauguration of the European Public Sector Award. The goal of the award is to motivate administrative agencies throughout Europe to learn from the best practices of others and to fundamentally modernize their methods and structures.

“Quality, economic feasibility and a focus on the public’s needs must become the core objectives of Europe’s public administrators,” Schäuble said at today’s ceremony. “This prize is designed to identify the best means for improving the performance of Europe’s administrative agencies and to motivate the entire sector to modernize its methods.”

“Administrative performance in Europe takes place in a variety of frameworks,” added Ernst Buschor, member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees. “This administrative prize, Europe’s first such learning platform, is designed to make its many diverse and valuable experiences transparent.”

The European Public Sector Award is divided into three categories. “Common Action” honors those agencies that have succeeded in introducing long-term methods for including input from the public. “Generating Value Added With Scarce Resources” recognizes efforts that measurably increase efficiency and effectiveness, while “Controlling Change” recognizes solutions that best respond to demographic shifts.

All European public-sector institutions at the national, state, regional or local level can apply for the award, as can public-sector businesses and public-private partnerships. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony held on November 12 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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