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ProjectsCountryOrganisationAward yearLevel of governmentSectorType of activityShort english description
GroeipakketBelgiumKind en Gezin2019Regional levelotherAs a result of the sixth Belgian governmental reform, the competence of child benefits was transferred from the federal level to the Communities and Regions (Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels and the German speaking Community) on January the 1st 2019. Flanders chose to integrate the family allowances in a larger family policy. This was an opportunity to enlarge the support of families and children and to make the system more efficient and convenient.
SIMPLEX+ ProgramPortugalAdministrative Modernization Agency2019National levelcross-sectoralSIMPLEX+ is the Portuguese national simplification and modernization program, which envisages a citizen-centered approach and a strong focus on co-creation to facilitate the citizens and businesses' everyday life and their interaction with the public administration.
ROOFTOP GARDENS: growing greens for social inclusionSpainMunicipal Institute for People with Disabilities2019Local levelcross-sectoralIn 2016 the City Council decided to take advantage of non-used spaces in municipal buildings, such as rooftops, to place innovative urban allotments. This led to the creation of the 'Rooftop garden' project, run by the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities (IMPD), which, in addition to contributing to the increase of green spaces in the city, it puts special emphasis on promoting groups of people with various disabilities or mental health problems, who are direct beneficiaries of the experience.
The Cooperation FundSpainEuropean Intellectual Property Office2017National levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformEvery business should be able to access trade mark and design rights, and in the EU, this can be done either at national or European level. In the EU Member States, national intellectual property offices register trade mark and design rights valid in that particular member state. At European level, the decentralised agency of the EU, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) administers unitary protection for businesses looking to secure their trade mark and design rights across the EU. This parallel system is a critical aspect of the intellectual property (IP) system, enabling businesses to obtain the right protection for their needs
Open.Heart ProjectAustriaOmbudsoffice for Children and Youths Salzburg2017Regional levelotherThe Open.Heart project was developed by the Kinder- und Jugendanwaltschaft Salzburg – the regional government’s body for child and youth advocacy – in 2015 as a response to the unmet needs of young refugees living in Salzburg. Despite being under the age of 18, unaccompanied asylum seeking children are unable to access the same level of support granted to Austrian born children. The support for these young people stems from governmental funds allocated to (adult and child) asylum seekers rather than being taken from general funds allocated to child and youth welfare. As a result young people are structurally excluded from opportunities available to their Austrian peers, for example they are excluded from accessing foster care.
NordwärtsGermanyCity of Dortmund2017Local levelJustice, police, human rights and securityMulti-level-governance, empowerment, social innovation, dismantling silos, co-creation, co-financing, evaluation and monitoring, budgeting for citizens’ projects, urban development
Every Child Safe Forever (ECSF project) – The Development of Relentless Family Case Management and the End of Parole and Other Court OrdersNetherlandsYouth Protection Amsterdam Region2015Local levelPublic health and social welfare/affairsYouth Protection Amsterdam Region is a certified institution responsible for providing specialised care to families whose children face severe safety threats. The organisation aims to guarantee children’s permanent security, and a safe upbringing.
BQ-Portal – The Information Portal for Foreign Professional QualificationsGermanyGerman Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy2015National levelEmployment, labour related affairs and gender equalityBy setting up the BQ-Portal, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has followed a new approach to delivering administrative services. The portal supports the competent organisations in their complex task of assessing foreign qualifications.
Urban Environment and HealthSpainBarcelona Provincial Council2015Local levelcross-sectoralTo include the health perspective in all local policies, the Barcelona Provincial Council initiated the project called “Urban Environment and Health”, which was launched under the framework of the Table for Urban Improvement (TxMU, on its Catalan acronym).
Educational and Promotional Campaign: Bielsko-Biała Protects the ClimatePolandThe City of Bielsko-Biała, Energy Management Office2013Local levelotherThe campaign called ‘Bielsko-Biała Protects the Climate’ consists of the educational and promotional activities addressed to the inhabitants of this city to promote the conservation of energy and the environment, planned until 2020.
The Compass of TransparencyItalyDepartment for Public Administration of Italy2013National levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformThe compass of transparency ( is an automated online instrument that gives citizens the possibility to monitor in real time the implementation of all data and information requirements imposed by Italian law on the websites of more than 20,000 Italian public administrations (PAs).
Development of Wellbeing and Civil Safety in MunicipalitiesFinlandRegional State Administrative Agency for Lapland2013Regional levelcross-sectoralThe project on Civil Safety in Municipalities has found novel, nationally recognised solutions to implement wellbeing and safety services in municipalities, by bringing in the resources and skills of NGOs and voluntary organisations to complement the services provided by the private sector and municipalities.
Political management based on economic stringency and strategic budgetsSpainBilbao City Council2011Local levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformTo this end, it has designed a strategy based on an economy in which productivity, creativity, new technologies, innovation, emerging clusters and international networks prevail.
Ökokauf Wien - Ecobuy ViennaAustriaCity of Vienna Department for Environment Protection – MA 222011Regional levelEconomic affairs, competition, SMEThe aim of the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme is to enhance the environmental compatibility of the city´s procurement system in line with the principles of climate protection and EU procurement regulations.
Civil society involvement in the welcoming and integration of immigrants - The case of PortugalPortugalThe High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue2011National levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformCivil society and migrants’ associations are, thus, the government’s partners, working together at several levels, particularly in the creation of the Consultative Council for Immigration Affairs (COCAI).
Regional platform of e-services for all- e-BourgogneFranceGrouping of Public Interest (GIP) e-Bourgogne2009Regional levelEconomic affairs, competition, SMEpublic-private partnershipse-Bourgogne is a local entity set up to firstly offer to all public entities from the Burgundy region a common shared electronic platform for publishing their purchasing needs
Cologne participatory budgetGermanyCity of Cologne2009Local levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformcommunity and stakeholder participationThe goal was to provide understandable and comprehensive information about the budget, raise awareness among the population about the complex topic, enrich budget consultancies by additional input from the citizens enhance the transparency on budget related matters and generally establish an improved communication between the administration and the citizens
Oldham PartnershipUnited KingdomOldham Council2009Local levelRegional policy and development, decentralisationcooperationThe Oldham Partnership is the local strategic partnership (LSP) for Oldham and the mechanism for uniting Oldham’s strategic leaders around a shared and ambitious vision for a thriving town
Management in Sant Cugat city hall budgeting the strategy: A new deal between political management and politic leadershipSpainSant Cugat City Council2009Local levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reforme-governmentThis project was launched to build an innovative city council on the back of an efficient, motivated and well-managed public administration that is fit to meet the challenges of the future
Bibliotek 2007 / Library 2007SwedenCity of Umeå2007Local levelEducation (higher and lower), training and learningcooperationa new library catalogue allows residents in a number of municipalities to access the largest book magazine
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service “Changing Working Patterns”United KingdomGreater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service2007Local levelJustice, police, human rights and securityhuman resource managementa programme dedicated to maintain and improve emergency response delivery standards with in larger human resource modernisation programme
Strategic partnership for the improvement of the situation of the Roma population in BucharestRomaniaPrefecture of Bucharest2007Local levelPublic health and social welfare/affairscommunity and stakeholder participationpartnerships to promote quality of life of ethnic minorities
Improving Police Visibility and Effectiveness via Mobile DataUnited KingdomLancashire Constabulary2007Local levelJustice, police, human rights and securitye-governmentimproving visibility of police and effectiveness of work through mobile data
E-Government Program of the Belgian Social SecurityBelgiumCrossroads Bank for Social Security (CBSS)2007National levelPublic health and social welfare/affairse-governmentsocial security business reorganisation with IT-based solutions
Kulturverket: “Kids tell pros what to do”SwedenCity of Umeå2007Local levelSports, youth, culture and artcommunity and stakeholder participationyoungsters, school children tell professionals in the area of culture what to do
Demographischer Wandel als Managementaufgabe auf KreisebeneGermanyLandkreis Osnabrück2007Local levelcross-sectoralstrategic management and planning toolsan integrated approach to tackle the demographic change