EPSA 2021 – “Building a Better Europe for Citizens”

Public administrations across Europe at all levels continue to be faced in 2021 with the exceptional nature of the challenge of COVID 19 which impacts on all aspects of economic activity and public service delivery as well as impacting strongly on public sector finances and increased needs of citizens for support.

Under the overarching theme “Building a Better Europe for Citizens” EPSA 2021 aims to showcase and reward cases submitted by public administrations which have found new solutions in public service delivery and policy-making for the increasingly complex, difficult to address and often multi-dimensional challenges faced by the public sector in Europe.

EPSA 2021 – Our Achievements

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EPSA 2021 Winners and Good Practice Certificates

In 2021 cycle, we received 126 applications in total. After a thorough evaluation, 18 applications were preselected to be presented to the jury. In the final stage, the three best projects in three categories – Innovation, Green and Digital – have been praised during the Award Ceremony on 29 November 2021.

In the category ‘Green’

Good Practice Certificate

In the category ‘Digital’

Good Practice Certificate

In the category ‘Innovative’

Good Practice Certificate

Additionally, two projects were rewarded with an honourable mention for reaction/relevance to the Covid-19 crisis:

We sincerely congratulate all the winners!

EPSA final conference:
Trends and future developments in European public administration

On the 9 and 10 November EIPA hosted the final closing high-level event of the EPSA 2021 project, which brought together key stakeholders of public sector innovation in Europe to take stock and to discuss trends and future developments.

EPSA 2021 Publications

About EPSA

EPSA – the European Public Sector Awards – is a Europe-wide award scheme for public sector entities at all levels of government which has been organised every two years since 2009 by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA).

More than 1500 projects have been submitted to EPSA, EU institutions and agencies and international organisations on the course of the past years. For all European public administrations, EPSA has generated highly valuable know-how and vital results that can be used for the benefit of providing innovative solutions and learning opportunities.

What we do

EPSA brings together the best, most innovative and efficient performers from the European public sector. Our vision is to create an arena in which Europe’s public sector institutions can excel and become an exemplar for the rest of the world. Against this backdrop, the EPSA aims

  • to create a common European administrative space
  • to devise new administrative problem-solving paradigms
  • to foster constructive competition amongst public sector organisations and reward excellence
  • to learn from the European leading edge
  • to create a network of public excellence and, thus, establish the conditions for a European learning platform on public administration solutions.

EPSA Partners

EPSA 2021 has the institutional and financial support of 8 European public sector partners from different levels of government – Austria, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Province of Limburg, and the City of Maastricht in addition to the European Commission via DG REFORM.

EU Commission






Province of Limburg

City of Maastricht