European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS)
The European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) is politically independent, non-profit association for minority press with headquarters based at the European Academy (EURAC) in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy.
MIDAS was formed in the year 2001 by editors-in-chief from more than 10 language communities throughout Europe in order to coordinate their strategies and to stimulate cooperation in the areas of information exchange, printing, and marketing; to organise campaigns to promote publications in minority languages; and to obtain support from state and EU institutions for minority languages and their print media.
Annually MIDAS organizes for the journalists of its member newspapers and majority press. Program seeks to develop knowledge in editorial work maximizing experience of the participants through the exchange of information. The Study Visit Program is dedicated to report on minority protection and cultural diversity issues within the context of the European Integration process.
MIDAS awards also the and prizes to the journalists of minority and majority press. The judging criteria for the prizes are high journalistic quality and coverage of topics related to minority protection, European integration and promotion of cultural diversity.