The European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Bolzano/Bozen – 28th member admitted – 2016 MIDAS and Otto von Habsburg Prizes awarded

On 17 June 2016, the European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary at its general assembly to be held at its secretariat’s headquarters, the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC). At the meeting, MIDAS will take stock of its work, above all the successful collaboration in the realm of minority protection at the European level as well as the valuable cooperation between minority newspapers.

A highlight will be the admission of MIDAS’s twenty-eighth member, the Hungarian paper Magyar Szó (“Hungarian Word”), a Hungarian daily newspaper, published in Novi Sad, Serbia. The paper was founded in 1944 as an information source for the Hungarian minority of Vojvodina. Hungarians are Serbia’s second-largest ethnic group: according to the 2011 census there are 253,899 Hungarians (3.5% of the total population) in Serbia, most of whom live in Vojvodina, where they have been granted autonomy rights. Hungarian is one of Vojvodina’s six official languages.

In addition to Provincial Governor Kompatscher, representatives of the Trentino-South Tyrol Region, which has supported MIDAS since its foundation in 2001, will also be present. At the general meeting at EURAC, the editors-in-chief will also discuss local themes like the Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino Euroregion, refugee issues, and the South Tyrol Autonomy Convention.

At a celebration at Hotel Terme in Meran, this year’s MIDAS and Otto von Habsburg prizes will again be awarded. The MIDAS Prize, traditionally awarded to a journalist from one of the member newspapers, goes to Romania this year. Adelaida Ivan, from the German-Romanian paper „Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung“ will receive the 1000 Euro endowed prize for her reporting on minorities in Romania, and particularly for an article about evictions from a Roma camp in Bucharest.

The Otto von Habsburg Prize will be awarded this year by Georg von Habsburg to the ORF Carinthia series Servus, Srečno, Ciao, on air since 2002. Servus, Srečno, Ciao is financed by the European Union, among others, and reports both on the situation of minorities and on stories of daily life in the Alps-Adriatic Region, from Carinthia to Friuli-Venezia Giulia to Slovenia and Istria.

In conjunction with the general meeting, from 22-26 June 2016 (at the same time as the Europeada – the football tournament for autochthonous minorities, taking place in Pustertal), MIDAS will be organizing the “MIDAS Study Visit”, an annual continuing education program for journalists in which participants discuss Europe-wide minority-related issues.