First results of the EPSA 2017 application phase
The application phase of the EPSA 2017 ended on 1st May 2017. The EPSA received innovative solutions to current and complex challenges our societies are facing from public administrations across 30 different European countries and from several EU institutions and agencies.
This year’s edition, which is taking place under the overarching theme “An Innovative Public Sector in 2017: New Solutions to Complex Challenges”, received contributions ranging from areas such as migration and integration, social welfare and employment policies, e-health, entrepreneurship and social innovation, security, open government and transparency as well as environmental policy and climate change. The top submitters were Austria, Portugal, Spain, and Poland respectively.
All eligible applications will now be assessed online by independent experts, who will then meet mid-June in Maastricht for a consensus meeting to agree on a shortlist of projects and the best practice certificate recipients. All applicants who are among this group will be notified at the end of June. Subsequently a number of onsite visits will take place from July to early September to verify the evaluation results and, at the end of September, a high-level international jury will take the final decision on the nominees and the award winners.
The prize-winners, nominees and best practice certificate recipients will be presented during a high-level final event and award ceremony in Maastricht (NL) on 20 to 22 November 2017. It should be noted that this event is also open to all other submitters who are most welcome to attend.